Gary Hughes is a leading independent lawyer in New Zealand, specialising in all types of regulatory investigations, enforcement cases, advocacy and advice.
He has expertise developed over 25 years working to resolve client issues with business crime regulators – e.g. NZ’s three AML/CFT Supervisors, Serious Fraud Office, Financial Markets Authority, Commerce Commission, and other government agencies.
Gary is widely regarded as NZ’s most experienced Anti-Money Laundering lawyer, and authored a textbook for the legal profession on new AML/CFT law obligations in 2018 (Thomson Reuters Westlaw). He led ACAMS New Zealand programme for almost 10 years, and continues to serve as advisory director to the ACAMS Australasia Chapter board.
As well as several years working in London, his experience includes matters in Australia, the Cook Islands, and British Columbia Canada. In 2021 he was appointed as Chair of the International Bar Association’s AML & Sanctions Experts Committee.
Based at Britomart Chambers in Auckland, Gary takes briefs from around the Oceania region. Alongside financial crime, he also handles antitrust (competition & consumer), insurance, privacy, fin-tech, and trade cases.