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Maria Collett-Bevan

Senior Associate

Maria specialises in financial services. 

She has extensive financial services experience, advising Australian and international financial services clients on a broad range of matters, including financial services regulatory matters (including licensing, the marketing and distribution of financial products and breach reporting), acquisitions and disposals, retail and wholesale public offerings and the structuring and establishment of retail and wholesale funds.

Maria was named a rising star in the New Zealand Legal 500 in 2022 and a NZ Lawyer Elite Woman for 2022, an award which celebrates New Zealand’s top female legal talent.

Published Work

  • Unfair Contract Terms Regime: What this could mean for Insurers, CoverNote, December 2022
  • CoFI Bill passes third reading, Lexology, 2022
  • Regulatory update: Progress on financial advice and conduct regimes despite COVID-19 delays, Lexology, 2020
  • Quoted in certain CoverNote Articles, including 'Options paper released', 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • MC for Pitch Perfect (Financial Services Council NZ Event), 2022 (an event for FinTech innovators)



Solicitor, New Zealand, 2011

Solicitor, New South Wales, 2023


Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), University of Waikato, New Zealand, 2010

Bachelor of Design (Photography), Victoria University, New Zealand

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.