Firms To Watch: Corporate and M&A

Based in Auckland, specialist corporate and commercial property firm Burton Partners has demonstrable capability in M&A transactions, with Nick Lovegrove and Hayden Smith serving as the practice’s key contacts.

Corporate and M&A in New Zealand

Bell Gully

The ‘commercially-focused’ team at Bell Gully has been praised for its ability to provide ‘strategic and practical advice’ to its diverse roster of clients. A key port of call for multi-national companies, financial sponsors, financial institutions and government agencies, the team is well-positioned to act on the full spectrum of M&A and corporate matters. The practice is steered by Dean Alderton who works closely with clients and their advisers at both legal and strategic level, hailing from the consumer goods, waste, energy, healthcare, telecommunications, retail, and technology sectors. Anna Buchly, a ‘trusted partner’, regularly advises on New Zealand’s biggest and most complex deals involving blue-chip corporates and world-leading private equity clients. James Gibson is noted for his experience across all types of public and private M&A transactions and securities offerings, while Glenn Joblin is regularly engaged by New Zealand and global insurers on regulatory matters, including approvals required for M&A transactions or group reorganisations. The ‘strategic and practical’ Toby Sharpe advises clients across a comprehensive range of corporate issues. Another key contact is Jennifer Coote who advises corporates, private equity and sovereign wealth funds on transactions spanning an broad range of industries.

Practice head(s):

Dean Alderton; David Coull

Other key lawyers:

James Gibson; Anna Buchly; Glenn Joblin; Amon Nunns; James Cooney; Toby Sharpe; Chris Goddard; Jennifer Coote; Angela Hartford; Chris Hodges; Gabrielle Menzies; Alex Bond


‘We highly value the quality of their advice, documentation and due diligence processes. Their work is always commercially-focused, and they have invested in understanding our industry and business in order to best tailor their advice to support our strategic objectives. ’

‘Anna Buchly and her team are industry-leading in their deal proficiency and quality of legal advice. We appreciate working closely with Anna as a trusted partner to our business. ’

‘One of the key features is the responsiveness of the team. They are highly attuned to our commercial needs and provide strategic and practical advice.’

Key clients

One New Zealand (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

Igneo Infrastructure Partners

BGH Capital and Sixth Street Partners (as a consortium)

Metlifecare Limited

Brookfield Asset Management Ltd

Ryman Healthcare

European Energy Exchange

Craigs Investment Partners Limited

AMP Services Limited

Crown Infrastructure Partners Limited

Genesis Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised One New Zealand Limited (formerly “Vodafone New Zealand”), one of New Zealand’s leading digital services and connectivity companies and a full-service telecommunications company, on the establishment and sale of its passive mobile tower business to InfraRed and Northleaf Capital Partners for NZ$1.7 billion.
  • Advised the consortium of BGH Capital and Sixth Street Partners on their NZ$1.6billion acquisition (through Pegasus Bidco Limited) of NZX and ASX-listed Pushpay Holdings Limited by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised NZX-listed Ryman Healthcare Limited on its NZ$902 million 1 for 2.81 accelerated pro rata entitlement offer of new ordinary shares, with trading of retail entitlements on the NZX.

Chapman Tripp

The ‘excellent’ team at Chapman Tripp is lauded by clients for its ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ and ‘sensible’ advice. The team acts for a range of domestic and international clients on a range of corporate mandates, and handled a steady flow of transactions in the telecoms sector. Tim Tubman specialises in cross-border and financial services M&A and his recent highlights include advising Partners Life on its sale to Tokyo-listed insurer Dai-ichi Life for $1bn. Rachel Dunne and Roger Wallis are both praised for their ability to provide ‘pragmatic, solution-orientated’ advice. Dunne is noted for her focus on equity capital markets, M&A and corporate governance, while Wallis specialises in corporate and securities law. Lauren Curtayne regularly acts on the energy aspects of business transactions and advises on a wide range of energy regulation compliance and consumer law. Other notable individuals include John Strowger, Joshua Pringle, and associate Philip Ascroft who is noted for his ‘great technical capabilities.’

Practice head(s):

Kelly McFadzien


Other key lawyers:

Tim Tubman; Roger Wallis; Rachel Dunne; Joshua Pringle; Josh Blackmore; Brad Kidd; Fiona Bennett; Alex Franks; Philip Ascroft; Jeremy Gray; Emma Bowman; Tom Jemson


‘Deep ECM & M&A experience across the entire team.’

‘Rachel Dunne and Roger Wallis always provide pragmatic, solution-orientated advice and will think outside the box when required.’

‘Philip Ascroft has great technical capabilities with an encyclopedia of ECM transactions in his head.’

Key clients

Northleaf| Capital

InfraRed Capital Partners

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

New Zealand Treasury


Eastland Group

Partners Life


Precinct Properties


Work highlights


The corporate team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts is ‘well-versed on commercial realities’ and praised for its ‘very pragmatic and commercial’ approach.’ The team’s expertise covers public and private M&A, private equity and capital markets, corporate governance, and regulatory matters to its clients which operate across a myriad of sectors and industries, spanning food and beverage, manufacturing, agriculture, financial services, transport, healthcare and education. The team is jointly led by the ‘commercial and realistic’ Neil Millar and John Conlan. Millar spearheads the corporate team in Auckland and is a key port of call for some of the world’s largest corporates, while Conlan, who leads the Wellington team, specialises in M&A, corporate advisory and complex commercial contracting and restructuring. Mark Forman is noted for his expertise in overseas investment laws, corporate governance, shareholder agreements, and employee shareholding arrangements. Other notable individuals include Mark Stuart who possesses the capability to advise clients on all aspects of M&A, capital markets, and commercial and business transactions, and associate Igor Drinkovic who specialises in public M&A and securities law.

Practice head(s):

Neil Millar; John Conlan

Other key lawyers:

Mark Forman; Mark Stuart; Isaac Stewart; Igor Drinkovic; Lauren Archer; Tayla Johnson; Jasmin Matthews


‘As a team, they were extremely responsive and committed, technically excellent and diligent at managing their fees. But their unique strengths in my view included creativity, a commercial lens on everything and excellent contributions to strategic planning in projects.’

‘They are exceptionally well versed on commercial realities and extremely competent at grasping complex accounting and financial concepts that impact on deal-making and returns to shareholders.’

‘Neil Millar is an exceptional deal maker who adds immense value by understanding commercial drivers, this is rare in lawyers who regularly focus on legal mechanics to achieve the vision of a business.’

‘Tayla Johnston thinks and breathes like her boss so you never feel that you have to repeat yourself if not always on the same calls. Their is immense depth to the team with Jasmin Matthews able to bridge any absences. We never lose continuity.’

‘We have predominantly been working with Neil Millar & Tayla Johnston in the M&A space, along with the wider team on a support basis. MERW has a key strength in market where it has a very pragmatic and commercial approach to the M&A.’

‘They are able to cut through complex issues, breaking them down into manageable components with a process that is easy to follow. They are strongly commercial in their approach to negotiation.’

‘Stand Out Partner: Neil Millar (Head of M&A). Practical no-nonsense advice, commercial and realistic, with a great nose for what will get a deal across the line. Highly recommend.’

Key clients

Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc

Fonterra Co-Operative Group

Tourism Holdings Limited (THL)

ORA Hong Kong

Next Capital

Metlifecare Retirement Villages

Te Tai Ōhanga | The Treasury

ANZ Bank

Westpac Bank

Southern Cross Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advised Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc on its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Partners Group Holdings Limited.
  • Advised Fonterra Co-Operative Group on the divestment its Soprole dairy business in Chile to Peruvian dairy company, Gloria Foods.
  • Advised Tourism Holdings Limited on its merger with Apollo Tourism and Leisure.

Russell McVeagh

Praised for its ‘very strong commercial instincts, capability, and complete calm even in the most difficult and stressful situations’, the corporate team at Russell McVeagh handles a steady stream of deals for a diverse portfolio of clients. The team’s expertise is notably pronounced in the financial services, private equity, and government sectors. The practice is spearheaded by David Hoare, who regularly advises high-profile clients on all aspects of complex corporate and commercial transactions. Wellington-based Mei Fern Johnson is noted for her expertise in infrastructure, transport, technology, energy, and joint ventures, with a track record of advising on significant market transactions, including Beijing Capital Group’s $1.9bn sale of Waste Management NZ. The ‘incredibly helpful’ Dan Jones, lauded for his ‘excellent industry knowledge’, specialises in M&A, capital markets and corporate advisory work for public and privately owned clients. A litany of local and international private equity fund managers turn to Ben Paterson for representation in the full scope of corporate transactions. With over three decades of experience, Joe Windmeyer is recommended for M&A, joint ventures, and securities matters, while Cath Shirley-Brown has a specific focus on cross-border transactions. All individuals mentioned above are based in Auckland unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

David Hoare

Other key lawyers:

Joe Windmeyer; Ben Paterson; Dan Jones; Ian Beaumont; Dan Jones; David Raudkivi; Mei Fern Johnson; Cath Shirley-Brown


‘Dan Jones has been incredibly helpful, has excellent industry knowledge, takes a pragmatic approach and is available to support when required.’

‘Appropriately matches the team to the project including in respect of the tiers (from Solicitors to Partners). The Partner level is strong and so are the solicitors and associates who are always approachable.’

‘Ian Beaumont has a deal-making focus – provides clear pragmatic advice without any personal focus on point scoring.’

‘Very strong commercial instincts, capability, and complete calm even in the most difficult and stressful situations make this the leading corporate team in ANZ.’

‘Partners who are deeply across the detail, highly commercial, and yet who somehow manage to provide space for a high-quality up-and-coming junior team to still establish themselves.’

Key clients

Silver Lake

Beijing Capital Group

Pacific Equity Partners

Westpac Group

National Australia Bank Limited


Pioneer Capital Management

Fonterra Co-operative Group

Fisher Funds Management


Work highlights

  • Advised Silver Lake (a US based Global Private Equity Firm) in relation to its NZD $200 million investment into a newly established commercial vehicle that will hold the revenue generating assets of NZ Rugby.
  • Advised Beijing Capital Group on the sale of Waste Management to Igneo Infrastructure Partners (a global infrastructure investment manager – the purchaser), for NZ$1.9 billion.
  • Advised QIC Private Capital on its acquisition of 50% of Vector Limited’s New Zealand and Australian metering business – the largest smart metering platform across Australia and New Zealand, with over 2.3 million meters owned or managed across the electricity and gas sectors.

Simpson Grierson

With expertise spanning the healthcare, technology, infrastructure, insurance and New Zealand primary sectors, Simpson Grierson draws considerable praise from clients, who turn to the team for its ‘commercial and pragmatic’ approach in a range of corporate transactions. The practice is further lauded for its ‘true full-service’ offering and its ability to handle cross-border transactions. Practice head Andrew Matthews advises a diverse roster of clients, including listed corporates, private equity funds and family offices. Don Holborow has wide-ranging corporate expertise which includes takeovers, securities insurance, corporate restructuring and compliance, while James Hawes has extensive experience in M&A, joint ventures, and private equity and venture capital. ‘Top-class lawyer’ Michael Pollard has been praised for his ‘sharp commercial mind’ and ‘solid and pragmatic advice.’  Simon Vannini has specialist expertise in significant business acquisitions and has been described as a ‘skilled negotiator that remains cool, calm and collected regardless of the intensity of the situation.’

Practice head(s):

Andrew Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Michael Pollard; James Hawes; Simon Vannini; Don Holborow; Robert McLean; Andrew Kirk; Anastasiya Gutorova; Rob Macredie; Catherine Shipton; Edward Norman; Michael Sage


‘Very professional, very thorough, diligent. Good attention to detail.’

‘A true full-service corporate and M&A team that has supported us on several billion dollars’ worth of transactions over the last 2-3 years.’

‘Michael Pollard is a top-class lawyer with a sharp commercial mind. He is exceptionally responsive, and provides solid and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

New Zealand Rugby (NZR)

Voyage Digital (NZ) Limited

The a2 Milk Company Ltd

nib New Zealand

Adamantem Capital

SG Fleet Group Ltd (an ASX-listed company)

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets & Aware Super

Lodestone Energy

Rocket Lab


BCI Media Group Pty Ltd

Empired Limited

PIP Global Holdings

Comvita Ltd

Alliance Group Limited

Auckland Council



Work highlights

  • Acted for New Zealand Rugby(NZR) on Silver Lake’s NZD300 million investment in a new commercial entity that will control all revenue-generating assets of NZR.
  • Advised ASX-listed Qube Holdings Ltd on its acquisition of a 50 per cent stake in container storage and handling service, Pinnacle Corporation Ltd.
  • Acted for DB Breweries in the negotiation of a transformative deal for the hospitality industries in Auckland and Wellington.

Buddle Findlay

Lauded for its ability to ‘balance legal advice with pragmatic, commercial realities’, and grasp the ‘key commercial issues in relation to M&A deals’, the team at Buddle Findlay is well-positioned to advise clients on the full spectrum of corporate mandates. The team has a track record of advising on complex transactions for both domestic and international clients, regularly drawing on the resources of the firm’s wider legal specialists. The ‘extremely talented’ Grant Dunn spearheads the Auckland-based group and has broad experience in leveraged cross-border M&A, public takeovers, schemes of arrangement, joint ventures and consortium arrangements. Mark Odlin leads the team from Christchurch and acts on the full gamut of corporate issues. The ‘very commercial’ Nick Bragg is recommended for his experience across a broad range of M&A, capital markets and securities transactions, while Sarah McEwan is noted for her banking and finance expertise. Special counsel Benjamin Sutton is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Grant Dunn; Mark Odlin

Other key lawyers:

David Thomson; Nick Bragg; Sarah McEwan; Simon Vodanovich; Lisette Hood; Renee Stiles; Benjamin Sutton


‘The Buddle Findlay team has a very good grasp of the key commercial issues in relation to M&A deals. They are right across the detail so you can have confidence that they have picked up the relevant issues in terms of due diligence and transaction documentation.’

‘Nick Bragg is very commercial and right across the detail so that you can be sure that relevant issues have been picked up rather than being left to more junior people in their teams.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable and capable. Enjoyable to work with, personable, interested in our business, and understand to balance the legal advice with pragmatic, commercial realities.’

Key clients


Sky TV


One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand)

Sixth Street Partners

Bank of New Zealand

Contact Energy

Goldman Sachs

New Zealand Post Group

Pencarrow Private Equity


GE Capital

H.R.L. Morrison & Co Ltd

Z Energy

Live Nation

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Auckland Council

PSP Investments

Chevron Corporation

The Growth Fund

Nongfu Spring Co



Adamantem Capital



Lewis Tucker

Norske Skog


Work highlights

  • Advised Infratil on its equity rollover and co-investment in the NZ$1.7b One NZ (formerly Vodafone New Zealand) spinoff of the passive mobile towers business as part of a consortium together with leading global investor partners InfraRed Capital Partners and Northleaf Capital Partners.
  • Advised Nestlé Health Science on its acquisition of The Better Health Company.
  • Advised Sixth Street as part of a consortium with BGH Capital in relation to the consortium’s NZ$1.63b successful acquisition of Pushpay Holdings (NZ, ASX: PPH) by way of scheme of arrangement

Dentons New Zealand

The ‘client-focused’ team at Dentons New Zealand leverages the firm’s expansive global network to advise on complex cross-border M&A transactions and is actively involved in a range of domestic acquisitions and joint ventures. Auckland-based practice head Chris Parke has notable expertise in the insurance, infrastructure, TMT, healthcare and food sectors. The ‘outstanding’ David Shillson is praised for his ‘breadth of experience and depth of expertise.’ Wook Jin Lee, who is ‘smart, commercial and savvy’, regularly acts for listed issuers, private businesses, and private equity fund managers on the full spectrum of corporate deals and capital markets transactions. The team is strengthened by the arrival of tax partner Bruce BernachhiHeida Donegan departed.

Practice head(s):

Chris Parke

Other key lawyers:

David Shillson; Martin Dalgleish; Wook Jin Lee; Nick Scott; David Lewis; Gerard Dale


‘Wook Jin Lee is the star – excellent to deal with.’

‘Wook Jin Lee is smart, commercial and savvy. Very well respected.’

‘Good professional people who care about doing a great job.’

‘They are individually motivated to do their best.’

‘Dentons partners are client-focused, attuned to whether we want to be firm or flexible in negotiations.’

‘David Shillson is an outstanding corporate lawyer, with a breadth of experience and depth of expertise.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Warner Music Group


Left Lane Capital

Oji Fibre Solutions

Guangxi Fenglin Wood Industry Group

Pernod Ricard Winemakers Limited

Bridgestone New Zealand Limited

Steel & Tube Holdings

Garmin Inc

Bathurst Resources Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Ngāti Toa on the recent funding and acquisition structure to enable the acquisition of Crown assets with a value of NZ$370 million, as part of Ngāti Toa’s Treaty settlement under the Ngāti Toa Rangatira Claims Settlement Act 2014.
  • Advising the board of directors and senior executives of Kiwi Wealth Management Limited, the shares in which were sold by Kiwi Group Holdings Limited through a competitive sale process and acquired by Fisher Funds Limited for $310m.
  • Acting for CBRE Limited in relation to its purchase of the business and assets of the Telfer Young Group, New Zealand’s largest independent property valuation and advisory firm.

DLA Piper New Zealand

On account of the firm’s global network, DLA Piper New Zealand boasts a ‘technically strong and very knowledgeable’ team, further lauded for its ‘broad range of experience.’ Counting multinationals, listed companies, private equity and venture funds, government agencies and financial institutions among its clients, the team is well-positioned to handle the full spectrum of corporate and M&A mandates. The team is jointly led by Auckland-based Martin Thomson and Wellington-based Rachel Taylor. Thomson is noted for his specialist expertise in domestic and cross-border M&A and venture capital transactions, while Taylor is a key contact for listed companies, insurers, trustees, registrars, and other corporates. Martin Wiseman handles the full gamut of corporate matters, with a track record of acting on some of New Zealand’s biggest and most complex transactions. Reuben Woods focuses on cross-border, multi-jurisdictional transactions, while associate Aoife O’Gorman, a dual-qualified practitioner (New Zealand and Ireland), regularly handles cross-border M&A and venture capital matters.

Practice head(s):

Martin Thomson; Rachel Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Martin Wiseman; Reuben Woods; Pavanie Edirisuriya; Aoife O’Gorman


‘Well placed team in the NZ market. Talented people who are well networked locally and supported with wider global resources. Collaboration is high across the team and they use this to client advantage.’

‘Rachel Taylor has been standout support on a number of projects and draws on her wider business to deliver exceptional service.’

‘DLA have been very collaborative in their approach and helping us to manage our counterparties and other stakeholders. We have worked with various other practice teams in their office, including employment, tax, real estate, regulatory.’

‘DLA have a very strong Corporate & M&A team. They have a fantastic knowledge of our business, and a very strong commitment to client service.’

‘Martin Wiseman is a very experienced and highly regarded corporate lawyer in NZ.’

‘They are technically strong and very knowledgeable with a broad range of experience.’

‘Martin Wiseman is very good and understands co-operatives very well.’

‘Martin Wiseman has a good reputation. He is a very experienced corporate lawyer. He prides himself on his responsiveness and finalising the deal as efficiently as possible.’

Key clients

AIG, Liberty, Fusion, Tokio marine HCC (W&I Insurers)

AMP Capital

Aquila Capital

Assurant, Inc

Auckland Council

Bessemer Venture Partners

Blackrock, Inc.

Contact Energy Limited

Dairy Farms Partnership (owned by Harvard Endowment Fund)

Danaher Corporation

Datagrid New Zealand Limited

Discovery, Inc.

Du Val Group

Farmers Mutual Group

Finistere Ventures

Five V Capital Pty Limited

Foodstuffs North Island Limited

General Electric

Harbour Asset Management

Happy Valley Nutrition Limited

Ingka Investments B.V.

Implemented Investment Solutions Limited

Ixom Operations Pty Ltd

Macquarie Asset Management (NZ) Limited


Mitre 10

nCino, Inc.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa Limited

OCS Group

OSF Digital

Plug Power

Prolife Foods Limited

SLR Consulting NZ Ltd

Tech Mahindra

Television New Zealand Limited

TRG Renewable Resources New Zealand

TOWER Limited


Yamaha Motor Ventures

Yashili NZ

3PM Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised BlackRock on the acquisition of solarZero Limited by way of a scheme of arrangement.
  • Advising Aquila with its co-investment with Far North Solar Farm Limited to establish at least ten solar farms in New Zealand over the next two to three years.
  • Advised Prolife Foods Limited and Profile Ventures on its sale of 32% of the shares to FinaNuts Holding Pty Ltd, a bidco established by Belgian-based company, Finasucre SA, and partial rollover of shares by the Prolife founders into Prolife Group Holding Limited.

Harmos Horton Lusk Limited

Harmos Horton Lusk Limited's 'exceptional’ corporate practice is praised for its ‘unmatched work ethic' and ‘pragmatic and commercial approach'. The team is well-positioned to act for its diverse roster of clients on complex and challenging transactions and strategic advisory engagements, specialising in public and private M&A and equity capital markets transactions. Andrew Harmos is noted for his specialist expertise in public M&A transactions, while Nathanael Starrenburg regularly acts for clients on M&A, capital markets, and corporate advisory matters. Tim Mitchelson is ‘very practical, responsive and commercial’, and Paul Oldfield is ‘ a real guru on all New Zealand securities issues.’ 

Practice head(s):

Andrew Harmos; Nathanael Starrenburg; Tim Mitchelson; Annie Steel; Emma Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Jason Maddox; Kelsey Lindsay


‘The team at HHL are exceptional. They are well connected and know in the market by all other advisors we dealt with and highly regarded by all.’

‘The individuals are experts who are always available for their clients. Their work ethic is unmatched. They have a very pragmatic approach and are always thinking multiple steps ahead.’

‘Very experienced in securities law, M&A, and complex transactions. Provide very practical and commercial advice on continuous disclosure issues.’

Key clients

Seeka Limited

Pushpay Holdings Limited

Just Life Group Limited

The a2 Milk Company Limited

Argosy Property Limited

Silver Fern Farms (Co-operative) Limited

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited

AFT Pharmaceuticals Limited

Vector Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising NZX/ASX-listed Pushpay Holdings Limited on the BGH Capital and Sixth consortium acquisition of Pushpay by scheme of arrangement (valuing Pushpay at approximately NZ$1.63 billion).
  • Advising NYSE-listed Vontier Corporation on its acquisition of Invenco Group Limited.
  • Advising NZX-listed Green Cross Health Limited on its NZ$50 million sale of Access Community Health.

Mayne Wetherell

Praised for its ‘very strong market knowledge’, the team at Mayne Wetherell handles a steady stream of public and private M&A transactions for a range of domestic and international clients. The practice is jointly led by Auckland-based Matthew Olsen and Michael Pritchard. Olsen has extensive experience advising on cross-border transactions and high-value M&A deals and is a trusted advisor to some of the largest global institutional investors, while Pritchard’s clients include public and private companies, private equity firms and other institutional investors. Charlotte Garland was promoted to partner in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Olsen; Michael Pritchard

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Garland; Sherryn Harford; Cameron Reeves; Sarah Haste


‘Very strong market knowledge. Very responsive.’

‘Michael Pritchard is a very strong partner – highly recommended.’

‘The partners really own the engagement. The partners are really commercial and pragmatic. They are friendly and easy to work with. Advice is prompt, and the partners are always available.’

‘Michael Pritchard and Charlotte Garland are excellent.’

Key clients


Avanti Finance


CK Infrastructure Holdings


Gaw Capital Partners

Goldman Sachs



Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)


Pencarrow Private Equity

The Rohatyn Group

The Warehouse Group

Toyota Finance


Waterman Private Capital

Adamantem Capital

ADM Capital

Quadrant Private Equity


Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of solarZero (including Pencarrow Private Equity) on their sale of solarZero to BlackRock Real Assets by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised ZIWI on its acquisition of Freeze Dried Foods New Zealand and Kiwigarden.
  • Advised Intermediate Capital Group PLC on its acquisition of Canopy Healthcare.

Webb Henderson

Webb Henderson works with a diverse roster of domestic and international clients across a range of sectors. The practice is jointly led by Auckland-based Garth Sinclair who acts for a broad range of clients, including international and domestic companies, financial sponsors, high-net-worth individuals and shareholders, and Graeme Quigley is ‘strong technically as well as commercially‘.  A litany of listed entities and private equity firms turn to Michael Gartshore for his advice on the full range of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Garth Sinclair; Graeme Quigley

Other key lawyers:

Michael Gartshore; Henry Willis; Ashton Goatley


‘The team is unique – a highly experienced and trusted team. They are at the top of their game.’

‘Excellent technical skills, commercially astute, communicate well, actively project manage, and appropriately cost conscious. They also act as a tight team – focussed on what the client needs and they field the right people to deliver it. ’

‘Garth Sinclair and Graeme Quigley are both are experienced, highly responsive, and very good. They bring a level of client service, sophisticated and commercial awareness that means they become part of our strategic thinking on the project.’

Key clients

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited

Spark New Zealand

Allegro Funds LLP

Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation

Independent directors of QuayStreet Asset Management Limited

Anchorage Capital Partners

Mercury Capital

TelferYoung Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited on its Capital Structure project.
  • Advised Spark New Zealand on its sale of a 70% interest in its towerco business, Spark TowerCo (now known as “Connexa”), to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board.
  • Advised Allegro Funds LLP on its acquisition of the holding company of Gull New Zealand Limited from Ampol Limited.

Anderson Lloyd

Leveraging its strong nationwide footprint, the corporate team at Anderson Lloyd earns high praise from clients for its ‘genuinely full-service’ offering and ‘exceptional service.’ With offices in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown, the practice is adeptly positioned to assist its client base, consisting of national and international corporates, private equity firms and other institutional investors on a broad range of M&A transactions. The team is led by Christchurch-based Ben Johnston which also includes the ‘exceptional’ Auckland-based Bede Maher and Chris Bargery who regularly advises international private equity funds on investments.

Practice head(s):

Ben Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Chris Bargery; Anne McLeod; Bede Maher; Josh Williams; Sophan Pearson; Sarah Simmers


‘We found the team has extensive experience in various different areas. The team had a specific expert to help us with our specific/unique issues.’

‘Genuinely full-service – great junior and mid-level associates. Partners are always accessible. They have become the ‘go-to firm’ amongst their New Zealand peers.’

‘Chris Bargery is a stand-out practitioner. Accessible, unflappable, prudent and gives sensible and considered advice. He can be trusted to look after complex transactions with key clients.’

Key clients

Pioneer Capital Partners

New Forests Asset Management

Ngāi Tahu Holdings Limited

Tally Group Holdings Limited

Pacific Edge Limited

Azelis Group NV

Foodstuffs South Island Limited

Farmlands Co-operative Limited

Russell Group

Port Otago Limited

Southern Hospitality Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Azelis Group NV on the acquisition of Chemiplas (chemicals distribution business) in New Zealand and Australia.
  • Advised NYSE listed American Tower Corporation on the acquisition of Clearspan Property Limited (telecommunications towers).
  • Advised WasteCo Holdings Limited on a capital raising and subsequent reverse listing of the WasteCo business on the NZX.

Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper‘s diverse roster of clients includes a mix of domestic and international corporates to family businesses. The team possesses a wealth of experience across the agribusiness, automotive, construction, technology, and retail sectors. Practice head Chris Dann has extensive M&A experience, aligned with his logistics and transport industry specialisation. David Gould has particular expertise in sales, and M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, equity placements, and management shareholding structures, while Alex Campbell works closely with a range of major international and local manufacturers on a range of commercial matters. Matt Smith focuses on the technology and electricity industries. Other notable individuals include Sam Wilson and associate Jordan Wright.

Practice head(s):

Chris Dann

Other key lawyers:

David Gould; Alex Campbell; Malcolm Hurley; Matt Smith; Sam Wilson; Jordan Wright; Geoff Hosking


‘Great service and pragmatic well priced advice.’

‘The firm has a unique culture that makes it very easy to deal with. It has a very stable personnel which means there is good continuity and carry forward of client knowledge.’

‘David Gould is experienced, considered in his advice, and approachable.’

Key clients

Synlait Milk Limited – NZX

Rhenus Logistics Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Scales Corporation Limited

Mercedes-Benz Group AG

IE Money Limited

Donaghys Limited

Lion NZ Limited

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners New Zealand Limited

Emergent Cold

Arvida Group

Nissan NZ Ltd / Nissan Financial Services NZ Pty Ltd

AIA New Zealand


Javelin (JAVLN)


Work highlights

  • Advised Merivale-Willowlea Holdings Ltd and its four trading subsidiaries on the sale of four separate retirement village and aged care businesses to NZX-listed Metlifecare Ltd.
  • Advising Oceania Healthcare on the complex sale of its Everil Orr retirement village business for approximately NZ$40m.
  • Acted for leading Australasian InsurTech and Deloitte Fast 50 company, Javelin Limited (JAVLN) in relation to a successful restructure and AUD$6.7m capital raise.

Flacks & Wong

Corporate boutique firm Flacks & Wong is well positioned to advise on the full gamut of corporate matters, including public takeovers, private M&A, and corporate governance. The Auckland-based practice is steered by Daniel Wong, who is a key adviser to a number of NZX-listed companies, who instruct him on a broad spectrum of corporate and capital markets transactions. Senior associate Katie Green has left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Wong

Key clients


Greenfern Industries

Grounded Packaging

Impact Enterprise Fund

Lamont & Co

Leaft Foods

Milford Asset Management

Scott Technology


Toru Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Tesbrit, as a major shareholder of 2degrees, on the NZ$1.7 billion merger between 2degrees and Orcon Group.
  • Advised Leaft Foods on its US$15 million Series A capital raise, led by Khosla Ventures and joined by Ngāi Tahu, ACC New Zealand’s Climate Change Impact Fund and Steven Adams.
  • Advised Lamont & Co on its establishment of a multi-unit residential development business with Precinct.

Hesketh Henry

Operating across a myriad of sectors and industries, the corporate team at Hesketh Henry is steered by Kate Telford who regularly advises on joint ventures, shareholder agreements, manufacturing agreements, distribution agreements, and financing transactions. Praised for his ability to ‘find solutions and excellent compromises’, Erich Bachmann is regularly instructed by local and international clients, particularly investors from Germany and other German-speaking countries. Julika Wahlmann-Smith was promoted to partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Kate Telford

Other key lawyers:

Erich Bachmann; Julika Wahlmann-Smith; Ben Hickson


‘The team is a pragmatic advisor with a strong sense for people and situations, which is key for successful transactions in our industry.’

‘Strong legal know-how and transaction documents management are prerequisites, but what really sets legal advisors apart is the ability to judge situations and come forward with pragmatic and solutions-orientated solutions. HH shined here and we have already mandated HH for further transactions.’

‘Erich Bachmann – Seniority and ability to find solutions and excellent compromises during negotiations.’

‘We have worked with Eric Bachmann and Ben Hickson. They are a great team and punch well beyond their reputation. We enjoy working with them, and the client has now specifically worked with them directly on the basis of our referral.’

‘Ben is always available, solicitous and a good lawyer.’

‘Eric is very experienced, and a totally safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

Altus NZ Ltd

AECOM New Zealand Ltd

BW Group

China Animal Husbandry Group

Compagnie Française d’Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur

Dominion Constructors Ltd

Independent Timber Merchants Co-operative Ltd

InterMed Medical Ltd

Jennian Homes Ltd

Juken New Zealand Ltd

Altano Gruppe GmbH

Vestner Aufzuge GmbH and subsidiaries

Work highlights

  • Advised Blake Company Ltd and Adam Chisnall in relation to the sale of their shareholding in The Lending People, an online brokering company, to Motor Trade Finance Ltd, an NZDX listed company.
  • Assisted XPO Exhibitions Ltd with the acquisition of the New Zealand Boat Show.
  • Acted for Altano Gruppe (Germany) in relation to its acquisition of three leading equine veterinary clinics in New Zealand.

Lane Neave

The ‘very knowledgable’ corporate team at Lane Neave is now led by Aaron Pickett who joined from Malugo Darling Law & Advisory following the departure of former head Claire Evans. The team also welcomed Andrew Comer who joined from Stace Hammond. Recent instructions include inbound investments and multimillion NZD M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Pickett

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Comer; Carlo Wan; Mark McKitterick; Alex Stone; Graeme Crombie


‘Strong teamwork and willingness to come up with solutions quickly and without delay.’

‘We find them very responsive, commercial, and good to deal with.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, and they genuinely look after our interests. It feels as though they are an extension of our own company.’

‘Graeme Crombie is highly knowledgeable regarding all legal matters and our business and has been working with us for many years.’

‘We have worked closely with Carlo Wan and Alex Stone at Lane Neave. Carlo and Alex have been excellent to deal with and have always provided us with clear and timely advice on our regulatory obligations under the Financial Markets Conduct Act. They are efficient, and focus on the details.’

‘The team is pragmatic, approachable and committed.’

‘The team at Lane Neave is prepared to give honest commercial advice, they are reliable, informed, and approachable. We have felt in every engagement that they care about the outcome of the transaction and look to add genuine value at every step.’

Key clients

Bathurst Resources Limited

BT Mining Limited

Williams Corporation Limited

Williams Corporation Capital Limited

Woolworths New Zealand Limited

GreenMount Capital NZ Limited

Pegasus Health (Charitable) Limited

Infusion Business Software Limited

Medi-Map Limited

Ullrich Group

Go To Collection Limited

Synlait Milk Limited

Zincovery Process Technologies Limited

Hashbane Interactive Limited

Covenant Trustee Services Limited

Waikato – BOP Chicken Growers Association

New Zealand Tegel Growers Association

Jeuneora Limited

Platform Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ullrich Group and its founder Gilbert Ullrich in the NZD $165 million acquisition of Ullrich Aluminium Limited by ASX/NZX listed steel giant Vulcan Steel Limited.
  • Acted for New Zealand medication management technology provider Medi-Map Limited and its founders during its trans-Tasman acquisition by medical technology group Z Software.
  • Acted for Blue Hospitality Limited on the acquisition of the business and assets of Go To Collection Limited (the Madam Woo restaurant chain).

Mallett Partners

Matthew Mallett and Daniel Croft lead the newly formed Mallett Partners in Wellington, following the demerger of Morrison Mallett. The practice acts for a wide range of clients, ranging from start-ups and leading corporate entities to international organisations and private equity funds. Mallett excels in M&A and general corporate advisory matters, while Croft regularly advises on a wide array of commercial contracts, including professional services, distribution, franchising and outsources services contracts.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Mallett; Daniel Croft


‘Matthew Mallett is an experienced partner with very good client management skills, understanding just what clients want and delivering.’

Morrison Partners

In the aftermath of the Morrison Mallett demerger, Ben Morrison and Victoria Anderson have taken the helm of the newly established Morrison Partners, based in Auckland. Morrison is noted for his experience advising on commercial property transactions, while Anderson is recommended for her specialist expertise in corporate and commercial law, particularly in the areas of restructuring and international investment.

Practice head(s):

Ben Morrison; Victoria Anderson

Work highlights

PwC Legal New Zealand

Leveraging the extensive capabilities of the Big Four firm, PwC Legal New Zealand draws on a wide range of services to provide clients with a comprehensive M&A service. Praised as ‘commercial, pragmatic, and responsive’, the team handles the full gamut of corporate transactions including foreign investment, capital raising, and M&A. The Auckland office is jointly led by Tom Logan, a key port of call for clients hailing from the retail, FMCG and technology sectors, and Matt Keenan, who is lauded for his ‘proactive and commercial-based solutions to complex tax and legal issues.’ In Christchurch, the office is under the leadership of  Joelle Grace and Claire Evans, both of whom joined from Lane Neave.

Practice head(s):

Tom Logan; Matt Keenan; Claire Evans; Joelle Grace

Other key lawyers:

Elena Kim


‘Joelle Grace is always available to answer questions and is very responsive. She takes time to understand our business and deliver advice that takes into account our business needs and risk profile.’

‘Joelle Grace – technically strong and commercially astute. Strong inter-personal skills and listens to client.’

‘Commercial, pragmatic, responsive.’

Key clients

Ockham Residential

ProCare Network Limited Partnership

Mytona Limited

Moa Holdings

Still Group

Flintfox International Limited

Pacific Safety Limited

Integrated Controls Limited

Candelic Group

Futureverse Corporation Limited

Amare Safety

Volution Group plc


Holmes Solutions Limited Partnership

Crane Power Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Futureverse Corporation (an NFT and blockchain technology business) in relation to a series of roll-up and investment transactions.
  • Acted as the principal advisor to Still Group (an organisation made up of niche companies, collaborations and cultural projects nurtured in a singular ecosystem) on their acquisition of World of Wearable Arts (WOW).
  • Assisted Amare Safety on the sale of its New Zealand business to JA Russell, New Zealand’s largest industrial electrical supplies business.

Tompkins Wake

Tompkins Wake is ‘very experienced with cross-border transactions and is active and connected throughout the region‘. The team is regularly instructed on large and complex transactions, across every aspect of the company’s lifecycle. The practice is steered by Hamilton-based Mark Renner who handles the full spectrum of corporate mandates, ranging from joint ventures and commercial contracts to private debt and equity financing. Mark Lowndes, based in Auckland, is praised as a ‘visionary in relation to business issues and finding solutions.’ 

Practice head(s):

Mark Renner

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lowndes; Phil Taylor; Tom Arieli; Kerri Dewe; Bryce Davey


‘The entire team (both lawyers and support staff) are personable, commercial, responsive and practical. They are willing to collaborate and become part of the client’s (and the referring lawyer’s) team. They are technically astute, but also adapt their approach (including communication style) to meet the client’s needs.’

‘Mark Lowndes and Kerri Dewe are both super-responsive and personable. They are always a safe pair of hands and look after our client files in a superb manner. I recommend them unreservedly.’

‘Very strong M&A practice – great coverage in skillset, experience, and industry knowledge. Have very good (probably the best I know of) geographic coverage as well.’

‘They are very practical and pragmatic – essential in M&A work. Also have depth and skillset for more technical corporate work. The firm and people in it are very experienced with cross border transactions and are active and connected throughout the region.’

‘Mark Lowndes – been my go-to in NZ for many years, ably supported by Kerri Dewe, who is now a Partner and very hands-on. Mark is a visionary in relation to business issues and finding solutions – a lateral thinker and problem solver.’

‘Kerri Dewe is very focussed, and technical, but still commercial and pragmatic.’

‘Exceptional commercial advice when negotiating with clients and bankers. Always available to meet.’

Key clients

Cash Converters International Limited

Property Suite Limited

Hillfarrance Venture Capital

Company-X Ltd

Better Eggs Limited

Open Country Dairy Limited

WEL Networks

The Lines Company

Waipa Networks

Barfoot & Thompson Limited

SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Hillfarrance Venture Capital on the $15m+ investment by Elevate NZ Venture Fund into the Hillfarrance Fund I.
  • Advising Cash Converters International Limited (CCIL) on the acquisition of the remaining 75% shareholding in Cash Converters NZ.
  • Advised Property Suite on the sale of its business to US company, MRI Software, an international provider of real estate and investment management software.

Wynn Williams

The corporate group at Wynn Williams excels in acquisitions and divestments in the transport and logistics sectors. The team is particularly praised for its ability to ‘work in partnership and provide innovative solutions’. Practice head Hayley Buckley counts large corporates, private equity investment funds, and managers in management buy-outs as her key clients and is supported by managing partner Ash Hill who handles a mix of M&A, capital raising, venture capital, and corporate advisory matters.

Practice head(s):

Hayley Buckley

Other key lawyers:

Ash Hill; Stephen Lowe; Kimberley Wong; Danita Ferreira


‘The most dynamic, commercial and user-friendly corporate team we have found in NZ.’

‘Hayley Buckley – outstanding; the person you would most like to have on your side in an M&A battle.’

‘Client focused, very commercial and solution oriented. We have always received timely and solid advice from WW team.’

Key clients

BGH Group Limited

Kiwa Group Limited, via Ashurst Australia

Gallagher Basset NZ

Silver Shadow Limited Partnership

Cas-pak Holdings Limited

Rangatira Limited

Assa Abloy Entrance Systems NZ Limited

Castlerock Partners LP

Work highlights

  • Advised Ritchies Transport Holdings Limited on the acquisition of all of the assets and business of Greenline Motors (1992) Limited.
  • Advised Castlerock Partners LP on the acquisition of all of the assets and business of Brooklands Aquarium Limited.
  • Advised BGH Group Limited on the sale of its New Zealand hose supplies business to Motion New Zealand Limited and CBC Australia Pty Ltd.