Mr Toby Sharpe > Bell Gully > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Bell Gully
PO BOX 4199
New Zealand
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Work Department



Mergers and acquisitions, Equity capital markets, Commercial, Restructuring and insolvency, Private equity and venture capital, Overseas investment, International, Joint ventures, Corporate governance and advisory, Financial sector regulation


Toby builds long term relationships with his clients. He gets to know their business and issues in order to present the advice that gets the results they need. He has a reputation for being able to get alongside his clients and other stakeholders, having a facilitative and collaborative working style and providing well-informed and pragmatic advice.

Toby recently advised Element Financial on its acquisition of General Electric’s New Zealand fleet management and equipment finance business. He advised Crescent Capital on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Prime Panels.

He has also advised on some of the most complex equity capital markets transactions over recent years. He has acted on many of the recent initial public offerings, including those of: Fliway, Metro Performance Glass, Gentrack, CBL Insurance (for the joint lead managers), Mighty River Power and Meridian Energy. He regularly advises on other forms of equity capital markets transactions, such as rights issues, block trades and placements, both for issuers and lead managers.

Toby worked on significant debt and equity restructurings, including the restructurings of the Yellow Pages Group and Metroglass. He recently advised D&S Communications on its acquisition of Mako Networks (In Receivership) and acted for McGrath Nicol as receivers of GEON on the sale of its New Zealand business to the Blue Star Group.

Toby was appointed a Bell Gully partner at the start of 2013, having returned to the firm in 2009 from four years working in the corporate team of the London office of Herbert Smith Freehills.
Admitted: 2003 New Zealand 2008 England and Wales (non-practising)


LLB, BCom, University of Auckland