Trent Dykes

I am a banking and finance partner in DLA Piper's Auckland office. I am passionate about supporting New Zealand businesses with funding and capital-raising activities, both domestically and in the global markets. I find it genuinely rewarding to bring clarity and strategy to complex problems, and I love working with clients as part of the team.

I have lived and worked in New Zealand for 20 years, but I was born in Norway and grew up in the UK, where I graduated in law from Oxford University. I first travelled to New Zealand in the 1990s on a gap year after university, equipped only with a backpack and my admiration for the Kiwi spirit of ingenuity and hard work. That gap year has now turned into a career of two decades, working for major law firms in New Zealand, as well as gaining a couple of years of in-house experience as the sole legal counsel at Kiwibank when it was first established.  

I joined DLA Piper in 2017. The firm's focus on innovation, technology and global development is very important to me and a perfect fit for the work I most enjoy. I play a central role in the firm's FinTech team in New Zealand, which involves working with tech-based innovators in the financial services sector to explore market opportunities, understand regulatory perimeters and set up the right governance and funding structures. I also regularly advise established financial services clients on the development of new digitized products, and I act for corporate venture capital businesses on strategic investments and acquisitions.

When not in the office, I make the most of the outdoors in New Zealand. These days, the adventures have a family focus, with mountain biking, skiing and weekend camping having replaced triathlon and other more competitive activities. I am a voracious reader and podcast listener and a lover of good food.