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Glenn Joblin

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Bell Gully

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Insurance, Mergers and acquisitions, Agribusiness, Employee share schemes, Debt capital markets, Equity capital markets, Corporate governance and advisory, Commercial


Glenn advises prominent New Zealand corporate entities including Rank Group, Carter Holt Harvey, Goodman Fielder and Southern Response Earthquake Services and he has been involved in some of New Zealand’s largest corporate transactions in recent years.

He is also a member of our Insurance law team and has advised clients on insurance sector mergers and acquisitions transactions and insurance regulatory matters.

In 2014, Glenn advised on two of the largest deals in the market - Carter Holt Harvey’s sale of its pulp, paper and packaging business to Oji Holdings Corporation and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan worth NZ$1.037 billion, and Goodman Fielder on the New Zealand law aspects of its A$1.34 billion scheme of arrangement with Wilmar International and First Pacific Company.

In his insurance practice, Glenn advised AMI Insurance on the sale of its ongoing insurance business to IAG for NZ$380 million and the establishment of Crown-owned, Southern Response Earthquake Services to manage AMI's Christchurch earthquake claims.

He has advised a number of New Zealand listed issuers such as Air New Zealand, Rakon, Goodman Property, Nuplex and Kiwi Property on their employee share schemes and advises global companies on the extension of their employee share schemes to New Zealand employees.

Admitted - 1992 New Zealand, 1997 Cayman Islands International Career: Hunter & Hunter, Cayman Islands 1997-1999, Allen & Overy, London 1995-1997.


BCom, LLB, University of Auckland.

New Zealand

Corporate and M&A

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Glenn Joblin - Bell Gully

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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Within: Insurance

At Bell Gully, 'the service is excellent, with appropriate and experienced resource to meet deadlines'. One client notes that 'the advice is always on-point and easily understood, and clients get the benefit of extensive depth of knowledge and experience across all legal disciplines'. In Auckland, experienced litigators David Friar and  Simon Ladd (who is 'strategically very savvy; his advice is clear and well considered') co-lead the practice. Friar's recent work included acting for Southern Response in a class action that included two High Court hearings and one Court of Appeal hearing. Ladd represented a panel of insurers, including Vero and AIG, in the defence of claims brought by Lincoln University arising from the Canterbury earthquakes. Glenn Joblin frequently advises insurance sector clients on M&A transactions and regulatory matters, as well as handling insurance issues for large corporates. For AIA International, he handled the acquisition of the Sovereign Life insurance business. 'Intelligent and clear-thinking' commercial litigation partner Jesse Wilson is also recommended, having advised key clients including Tower Insurance.

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