Speaker details

IBA Annual Conference Miami 2022

30 Oct - 4 Nov 2022

Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, USA

Speaker information

Gary Hughes


Gary is a leading independent lawyer in New Zealand with over 25 years experience specialising in regulatory investigations and proceedings in a range of areas - especially corporate crime and financial misconduct cases, anti-money laundering, fraud, corruption, competition law and cartels, fintech, insurance and privacy/data law. He has deep expertise in financial crime, and is current Chair of the IBA's AML & Sanctions Experts subcommittee. Also an officer in the Regulation of Lawyers Compliance committee. Regarded as New Zealand’s most experienced AML/CFT lawyer, Gary has worked on investigations in NZ, Australia, the UK, and Pacific nations such as the Cook Islands. He has been an expert witness in international matters such as the Cullen Commission of Inquiry, B.C, Canada, and is author of Thomson Reuters Westlaw NZ textbook "AML-CFT Workflows & Guidance for Lawyers". Other non-IBA probono roles include as Advisory Director to ACAMS Australasia, local law partner for anti-bribery/supply chain transparency body TRACE International, and Industry Advisory roles to the NZ Ministry of Justice. In New Zealand’s fused barrister/solicitor profession Gary is often briefed early in investigations, before court action. As well as handling enforcement action and associated civil disputes, liability or D&O insurance matters, he has ability to to help clients find strategic and creative resolution to regulatory issues with government agencies. Admitted in NZ (1996 – barrister & solicitor) and England & Wales (2000 - solicitor), Gary has been previously an equity partner in a top boutique litigation firm in Auckland, a salaried partner in a large national law firm, and also had 5 years working in London with global firms such as Clyde & Co. Website: www.law-strategy.nz