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Neisha Mistry

Senior Associate
About

Neisha Mistry is a Senior Associate with broad capability in all aspects of investment funds and financial services law regulation, coupled with strong corporate and listed entity capability. Her experience includes assisting on takeovers (and responses to takeovers) and compliance with the Takeovers Code.

Neisha also advises on commercial contracts as well as terms & conditions and promotional material (including websites), providing advice on what is required from a practical perspective with consideration of the fairness and transparency required by consumer law. 

EXPERIENCE

  • Advises on transactions and commercial contracts in a range of sectors but specialises in arrangements for financial services clients.
  • Has advised on takeovers (and responses to takeovers) and compliance with the Takeovers Code, including advising on securities law compliance for an offer involving scrip and cash.
  • Advises on issuer compliance with the Main Board/Debt Market Listing rules including advising on annual reporting and compliance requirements (including timetabling), advising on a compulsory sale of minimum holdings facility, advising on a targeted off-market share buyback from a Trustee of an Employee Share Ownership Plan.
  • Advises on structuring, including in respect of company shareholding arrangements, incorporated societies and charitable organisations. 
  • Advises numerous organisations on compliance with the Financial Markets Conduct Act. In particular, Neisha advises clients on fair dealing (with a focus on misleading representations and marketing), licensing applications, compliance of governing documents, disclosure  and reporting obligations. Clients include managers of managed investment schemes, trustees of managed investment schemes, issuers of equity and debt securities (including NBDTs), supervisors, and derivatives issuers.
  • Advising on compliance with a range of other regulatory arrangements in financial markets including the Financial Advisers Act, Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act, Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act, Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act, Non-Bank Deposit Takers Act, and Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act. 
  • Preparing and reviewing documentation for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, including product disclosure statements, trust deeds and other governing documents, advertisements and contracts.
Education
  • Victoria University of Wellington, BCA, 2008

  • Victoria University of Wellington, LLB (Hons), 2009

Awards

Neisha is ranked in the 2021 Legal 500 Asia-Pacific rankings as a Rising Star in Investment Funds. Legal 500 describes Neisha as exhibiting "good attention to detail". 

Prior Experience

Prior to re-joining DLA Piper in 2016, Neisha worked for another national law firm in New Zealand where she assisted on a number of transactions and takeover bids and was closely involved with advising clients on financial markets reform, financial services regulation and securities markets and other regulatory and stock exchange compliance.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • New Zealand Law Society

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