FMA formally appoints Liam Mason as general counsel

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FMA formally appoints Liam Mason as general counsel

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has appointed Liam Mason (pictured) as general counsel on a permanent capacity.

Mason, who previously served as director of regulation, took the role as acting general counsel earlier this year, succeeding Nick Kynock, who joined Generate Kiwisaver.

“As general counsel, Liam will advise the FMA executive and board, and lead the enforcement, policy and governance, corporate legal, and investigations teams,” said FMA chief executive Rob Everett. “He is a key adviser on a broad range of matters relating to the FMA’s remit and he continues to be an invaluable part of our leadership team.”

Mason is a veteran in securities and financial services law and corporate governance matters and is well-known and respected across the legal community, the FMA-regulated financial services sector and government departments and agencies.

He has been with the FMA since its inception in 2011, holding various roles, including acting chief executive, director of regulation and director of governance, policy and strategy. He has previously held senior roles at the FMA’s predecessor, the Securities Commission.

John Botica, currently director of market engagement, will take on an additional responsibility as acting director of regulation, as the authority searches for Mason’s formal successor.