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DLA Piper New Zealand

CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS HOUSE, LEVEL 5, 50-64 CUSTOMHOUSE QUAY, WELLINGTON 6011, NEW ZEALAND
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Rachel Taylor

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Partner, Corporate and M&A, Financial Services

Position

Rachel advises listed companies and other public issuers, insurers, trustees, Crown entities, registrars and other corporates. She advises on structuring, capital raising and funding, and mergers and acquisitions, managing project teams and co-ordinating due diligence and drafting. Rachel also focuses on securities markets and other regulatory and stock exchange compliance, governance and general commercial and contracting issues. She also advises on takeovers (and responses to takeovers) and compliance with the Takeovers Code.

Rachel advises on funds management design and establishment of KiwiSaver and other collective investment schemes, and compliance with financial services legislation. For further information, please view: https://www.dlapiper.co.nz/people/rachel-taylor

Career

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 1987

Member

New Zealand Law Society; Institute of Financial Professionals (INFINZ)

Education

LLB, University of Canterbury, 1986


New Zealand

Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Rachel Taylor - DLA Piper New Zealand

Within: Corporate and M&A

The firm 'meets or exceeds our expectations', says a major corporate client of DLA Piper New Zealand, which not only works on significant cross-border deals as part of its global network, but also acts in large domestic transactions. Auckland-based Martin Thomson, who frequently advises overseas companies and funds on their investments in the forestry, agriculture, dairy, meat processing, wine and food manufacturing sectors, and Wellington-based financial and insurance sector corporate specialist Rachel Taylor  lead the practice. Taylor acted for Libra Partners in its acquisition of a stake in Tenon Clearwood. Thomson is the key partner in the firm's foreign investment practice and with 'highly regarded M&A lawyer' Reuben Woods frequently acts for Chinese clients investing in New Zealand. In Auckland, Martin Wiseman is 'an excellent corporate lawyer, very committed to client service'. He advised Visa on the NZ$150m acquisition of payments solutions provider Fraedom Holdings.

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Investment funds

Within: Leading individuals

Rachel Taylor - DLA Piper New Zealand

Within: Investment funds

DLA Piper New Zealand has 'institutional knowledge that is invaluable', according to one client. The firm assists licensed managers, supervisors, custodians and investment managers with regulatory matters such as the reporting requirements of the Financial Markets Conduct Act, distribution models, fund design and fund establishment. It is also busy with the implementation of the Asia Region Funds Passport in New Zealand, having been chosen as the only local firm to participate in the pilot program. It handles retail and wholesale investment funds and KiwiSaver matters, and also works with sovereign funds such as the Government Superannuation Fund. Tracey Cross in Auckland and Alasdair McBeth and Rachel Taylor in Wellington jointly lead the practice and are 'very strong on investment and superannuation issues'. McBeth recently advised online investment fund supermarket operator Investnow Saving and Investment Service on the purchase of a book of clients from Rabodirect. Special counsel Nicole MacFarlane and senior associates Neisha Mistry (who exhibits 'good attention to detail'), Geoff Ward-Marshall and Tom Barnes are also recommended.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.‚Ä©
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