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Bell Gully

Work +64 4 473 7777
Fax +64 4 473 3845
SX 11164
Auckland, Wellington

Amon Nunns

Work +64 4 915 6741
Bell Gully

Work Department

Wellington office: Corporate


Mergers and acquisitions, Equity capital markets, Debt capital markets, Employee share schemes, Restructuring and insolvency, Corporate governance and advisory, Joint ventures, Overseas investment, Takeovers


Amon has a reputation for being responsive and providing forthright, knowledgeable and experienced advice. His practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and restructuring and insolvency. He advises both listed and unlisted companies on public offers, private placements, employee share plans, mergers and acquisitions, stock exchange compliance and company and securities law.

He advised the Treasury on the Meridian Energy IPO, Contact Energy on its recent retail bond issue and David Jones on its entry into New Zealand through the acquisition of the Kirkcaldie & Stains premises.

Amon has a strong corporate advisory practice, acting as principal corporate counsel to NZX-listed companies Stride Property (formerly DNZ Property) and Opus International Consultants. Amon advised the board of directors of Horizon Energy Distribution on its recent takeover responses.

He is also an insolvency practitioner acting for receivers, liquidators and voluntary administrators as well as advising boards of directors on restructuring issues.

His career includes working with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in London and New York, where he was a securities and leveraged finance lawyer.
Admitted: 1999 New Zealand.


LLB (Hons), BSc, University of Otago.

New Zealand

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Bell Gully is 'extremely proactive with best-in-class knowledge and an understanding of the realities of the business world', according to one client, who adds that 'the team really goes above and beyond to meet our needs'. 'The pre-eminent law firm in New Zealand for a reason - consistently a class above its peers', remarks another. In Auckland, Anna Buchly and James Gibson 'stand out as fantastic to work with - they think of everything'. They advised US-based Platinum Equity on the acquisitions of Staples Australasia and OfficeMax Australasia. Brynn Gilbertson advised Fletcher Building on a NZ$750m underwritten offer to shareholders. Also recommended are corporate law specialist Glenn Joblin, who handled AIA's A$3.8bn acquisition of insurer Sovereign, and 'has excellent knowledge of the market and is a very trusted adviser'; Toby Sharpe, who advised Gentrack on its NZ$79m acquisition of Junifer Systems; Chris Goddard, who is 'extremely client-centric and brings a diligent manner to the matters he works on'; and 'highly capable' senior associate Jennifer Coote. In Wellington, public law expert Simon Watt and deputy practice head Amon Nunns are respected partners.

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Investment funds

Within: Investment funds

Bell Gully¬†is 'a top NZ commercial law firm' with an experienced multi-disciplinary practice that acts for¬†issuers such as ANZ Bank and AMP, and supervisory organisations including New Zealand Guardian Trust and Covenant Trustee Company. Corporate and banking partner Haydn Wong¬†in Auckland leads the practice and advises some of New Zealand‚Äôs largest fund managers and trustees on funds management, KiwiSaver, superannuation and insurance matters. His recent highlights include assisting NgńĀti Awa Group Holdings on the establishment of an iwi direct investment fund to help¬†MńĀori groups diversify their portfolios and access direct investment opportunities.¬†Amon Nunns¬†in Wellington acts for Stride Property Group, which controls one of New Zealand‚Äôs largest diversified investment property portfolios.¬†Special counsel Sarah McQueen¬†and senior associate Katie Dow¬†in Auckland also specialise in financial services law, with managed funds matters constituting a large proportion of their workload. Rachel Paris left the firm to start a blockchain consultancy.

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