Your hosts for this episode are Luke Campbell and Ella Cleary.
Jeremy Muir is widely recognised as New Zealand's foremost lawyer in crypto with broader expertise across financial services, FinTech and investments.
Jeremy is a Partner at MinterEllisonRuddWatts and co-leads the firm's banking and financial services division. He is in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific’s Hall of Fame for investment funds and is ranked in the top tier for financial services by the Chambers Asia Pacific.
In today's conversation, we discuss everything from Jeremy’s early career to overcoming difficult personal challenges, becoming a partner at one of New Zealand's largest law firms and the practical steps that have been important to his success.
This episode discusses Jeremy Muir's career journey from studying law and arts at university in New Zealand, to working overseas in Guernsey and the Cayman Islands, and eventually becoming a partner at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, a top New Zealand law firm.
Key topics covered include Jeremy's initial interest in international and refugee law, before falling into commercial law via summer clerking. He gained experience in offshore finance in Guernsey and the Cayman Islands, working on investment funds, before returning to New Zealand to focus on building a funds practice.
Jeremy overcame significant personal challenges when his young son was diagnosed with a brain tumor, while also working towards partnership. He discusses the importance of resilience, supportive colleagues and autonomy in managing these challenges.
As a partner, Jeremy emphasizes the need to run a commercial legal practice like a business, focusing on winning work, managing teams, and building external relationships.
Jeremy shares his passion for fintech and crypto, advising startups and lobbying for regulatory reform. He helped digital investment platform Sharesies from its early days, and aims to encourage innovation while protecting consumers.
Overall, the episode covers Jeremy's varied career journey, the challenges he has overcome, and his strategic approach to building a successful commercial legal practice while maintaining his professional passions.