Bruce Sheppard

Chief Executive Officer
Managing Partner
Board Member
Wealth Services Team Lead

Bruce Sheppard co founded Gilligan Sheppard in 1985 and is the CEO. Bruce prides himself on telling clients what he honestly thinks, rather than what he thinks they want to hear. This doesn’t necessarily mean that what he thinks is relevant or useful. Bruce prefers commercial honesty no matter what.

Bruce also likes to cut to the solution quickly and tends to find simple solutions to problems by demonstrating that all complex issues can be made quite simple with a little thought. While he is inflexible on matters of ethics, he may have a different view of ethics to many. He has the confidence to trust his own judgement on what is right and wrong, and when he gets it wrong (rarely), he doesn’t cover it up – he tries to fix it or make good.

Strategically as a firm Bruce has successfully positioned Gilligan Sheppard as a wealth services firm. They help clients generate, maintain and optimise wealth through business and investment.
As a result of his now past hobby, (the New Zealand Shareholders Association) and his exposure to the regulatory process of government, he has become exposed to all aspects of the capital markets in NZ including the inner functioning of regulators, major listed companies and market intermediaries.

Bruce is an effective negotiator and mediator in resolving disputes and effecting transactions.

Bruce is an Aucklander descended from a rural Northland Family. He enjoys history, economics and politics and generally is an argumentative and challenging thinker. But don’t be fooled, he doesn’t believe half the outrageous opinions he has, he just does it to see what your reaction is!

Bruce’s pedigree speaks for itself when it comes to delving into the dark arts of shareholder agreements, he is able to extract the truth of a situation with daylight clarity, albeit his unconventional colourful approach may unsettle some.
Biggest Fear:

Finding something to fear

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Fav Food:

Roast lamb made by Debra

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Leisure Activity:

Cycle, Fish, Swim

Best Holiday:

Finding a slot with ‘nothing’ planned


Litigation Support
Transactions – Sales, Mergers & Acquisitions
Capital Raising
Property Syndications
Dispute Resolution & Negotiations