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Kensington Swan

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Auckland, Wellington

Chris Parke

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Kensington Swan

Work Department

Corporate and commercial law




Chris has extensive expertise across all areas of commercial and corporate law. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, advising clients across a range of sectors on acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures. He regularly advises overseas clients investing in New Zealand, including on the regulatory restrictions of such investments. Chris also advises on commercial arrangements, including distribution agreements, service, supply and outsourcing contracts, terms of trade, manufacturing and licensing agreements. He works closely with the firm’s infrastructure clients on corporate and commercial matters, and has been involved in each of the PPPs brought to market in New Zealand to date.




Chris is a member of the New Zealand Venture Capital Association, and a regular presenter at conferences. He has co-authored two chapters in mergers and acquisitions publications.


BA, University of Auckland (1995), LLB, University of Auckland (1995), Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (1995)

New Zealand

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Kensington Swan¬†frequently handles cross-border M&A transactions, as well as a range of domestic acquisitions, joint ventures and asset transfers for both international and local acquirers. It is particularly active in the¬†pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, food, transport and logistics, infrastructure, technology, energy and FMCG sectors. The firm has a notable Asia practice, with senior associate Aaron Patience¬†leading the Japan desk and special counsel Heida Donegan¬†leading the China business group. The firm has a strong team in Auckland, which is led by¬†David Lewis,¬†who counts Johnson & Johnson among his clients. The other key partners are¬†Nick Scott, who recently¬†handled the MBO of a company that provides loyalty and rewards programmes, and¬†Chris Parke, who acted for Persol Holdings Co in the A$778m¬†acquisition of Programmed Maintenance Services, including its NZ$90m of New Zealand assets. The firm has a strong presence in Wellington thanks to¬†David Shillson, who advised¬†Zeta Resources on a partial takeover, and¬†Martin Dalgleish. Consultant Deborah Edmunds¬†leads the¬†MńĀori business practice.

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Projects and resource management (including environment)

Within: Projects and resource management (including environment)

'The level of service has been of a very high calibre', remarks a client of Kensington Swan. The firm climbs the ranking having been involved in most of the PPP projects undertaken in New Zealand, and its key work on strategic projects for clients such as New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport. In Auckland, infrastructure projects partner Paul Buetow is adviser to the Executive Council of Civil Contractors New Zealand and was on the board of Infrastructure New Zealand for more than six years. For New Zealand Transport Agency, Buetow and environment and planning specialists Christina Sheard and Wellington-based Nicky McIndoe handled the consenting and pre-construction stages of the NCI roading project, which will complete the Western Ring Route. One client describes McIndoe as 'very responsive and very easy to work with on quite difficult matters'. Also recommended in Auckland are public works expert Matthew Ockleston, who handled key aspects of the improvements to State Highway 1; corporate partners Chris Parke and David Shillson; and newly promoted partner Marija Batistich. Senior associate Frances Weddeis has moved to Buddle Findlay.

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