Daniel Robinson

Senior Associate

As a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer, Daniel specialises in regulatory investigations and litigation in the financial services sector.

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Daniel is an experienced litigator, having appeared as counsel in the District Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal. He has significant experience in regulatory inquiries and investigations, predominantly in the financial services sector involving the Commerce Commission, Financial Markets Authority, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Daniel has unique in-house experience in regulatory investigations, having previously been at the Financial Markets Authority and a top-tier Australian-owned bank. This background makes him well placed to provide technical and practical advice that takes into consideration the strategic regulatory objectives of regulators, and the commercial and reputational objectives of large corporates.

In addition to his in-house experience, Daniel has previous experience in private practice at a specialist New Zealand litigation firm.

Across his previous and current work, Daniel has advised and acted for the FMA on various proceedings brought by the FMA against companies, directors, and officers, and for directors in proceedings brought by the FMA. He has acted for creditors, and advised on various banking and finance disputes and litigation, settlements, and recovery actions. He has also acted for the Crown in over 40 jury trials, and the New Zealand Police and other government and regulatory bodies

Recent highlights

  • Representing one the directors of the failed CBL Corporation (and CBL Insurance) in the six High Court proceedings (FMA proceedings, liquidators’ proceedings and two sets of class actions issued by shareholders) issued against the directors in the aftermath of the $747m collapse of these companies.
  • Counsel in finance company prosecutions arising out of the GFC (R v Bublitz et al).
  • Counsel in prosecutions under the Financial Reporting Act (FMA v Prain & Schroeder).
  • Acting for companies in debt recovery matters.


Limitation of liability clauses upheld by the High Court

18 April 2024

Disruption needed in personal banking services - Commerce Commission

25 March 2024

Foodstuffs Merger – Commerce Commission releases Statement of Preliminary Issues

26 January 2024

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Daniel is a rugby and cricket coach and member of North Shore Cricket Club.

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