Francesca Greig (nee Brown)

Associate 

Francesca has broad commercial and civil litigation experience in a mix of New Zealand and UK High Court litigation, international commercial arbitration and Commissions of Inquiry.   Francesca also has considerable experience in largescale global regulatory investigations and has represented clients subject to investigations by the Financial Conduct Authority (UK), the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (US), the Independent Commission against Corruption (NSW), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.  Her clients have included international banks, financial institutions, large private corporate entities, and art and cultural institutions.

Before joining Meredith Connell, Francesca undertook a Master of Laws, specialising in Intellectual Property, at Stanford University, before working in Sydney and then Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May in London.  Francesca has a particular interest in art law matters, having worked for and with auction houses, galleries, and asset managers for high net worth individuals in Europe, and has worked, on secondment, as in-house counsel at the British Museum in London.

  • Representing an international bank in relation to a Financial Conduct Authority (UK) investigation into the financial crime controls operating within the bank’s wholesale and consumer banking businesses. 
  • Representing a large corporate investigations and risk consulting firm in defending claims totalling US$500m brought in the Commercial Court (Queens Bench Division, UK) raising allegations of fraud, breach of confidence, defamation and breach of banking law, regulation and practice in the Middle East. 
  • Advising a prominent auction house in respect of potential claims arising out of the sale of a masterwork painting looted during World War II. 

LLB (Hons, First Class)/BA, University of Canterbury

LLM (Law Science and Technology), Stanford University

Fulbright Scholar, 2012-2013