Seshani Bala

General Counsel

KPMG in New Zealand

Seshani Bala was appointed KPMG New Zealand's General Counsel in August 2021. In her role, she leads the firm's legal team and guides the firm on all legal and governance issues.

Prior to KPMG, Seshani was Executive General Counsel at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She also held global General Counsel roles for various FMCG and technology companies and worked in private legal practice at Clayton Utz and Bell Gully.

Seshani experience spans over 15 years in the specialties of law, governance, and risk management. She has managed global legal operations across various industries, including professional services, technology, FMCG and education, and guided cross border mergers, acquisitions, and private equity deals.

In 2019, Seshani was recognised in The Legal500's General Counsel Powerlist as one of Australia's most innovative and influential in-house lawyers.


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  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – The University of Auckland

  • Bachelor of Arts – The University of Auckland

  • Admitted as barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

  • Admitted as solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

  • Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia

  • Graduate of the Asialink Leaders Program