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Vanessa Simons

Vanessa Simons

General Counsel

Vanessa is the General Counsel and Company Secretary for Kiwi Wealth, leading the risk, assurance, AML compliance and legal teams.

An experienced senior legal adviser with a passion for finding pragmatic, innovative solutions to meet business objectives, Vanessa has spent more than 20 years working in commercial and corporate law, including in private practise as well as in-house for a range of organisations from SOEs to start ups. In 2015 she was included in the Legal 500 GC Powerlist as one of only 50 in-house lawyers across Australia and New Zealand recognised for helping shape innovation in the industry.

More recently she led a team of lawyers as Head of Corporate Legal at the Financial Markets Authority (New Zealand’s financial services regulator), focussing on transitioning financial markets participants into the new Financial Markets Conduct regime and spearheading the regulation of emerging fintech in New Zealand. In 2017 she was awarded the FMA’s Chairperson’s award, in recognition of her work.

Before joining Kiwi Wealth, Vanessa was Head of Legal – Wealth & Insurance at our sister company, Kiwibank. 

Vanessa holds a first-class honours law degree from Otago University.

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