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Grant Dunn

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Buddle Findlay

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Corporate and M&A


Partner. Specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity (leveraged buy outs and venture capital investment), securities offerings and fund raising, public takeovers, acquisition finance, joint ventures and consortium arrangements, strategic commercial contracts and equity incentives. For details about Grant's work highlights see here -


Grant previously spent six years with the London office of US law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and has worked on secondment within the London-based investment arm of Nomura International, a Japanese investment bank.

Grant has broad experience in leveraged cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), public takeovers, schemes of arrangement, joint ventures and consortium arrangements, regulatory consent processes including applications to the Overseas Investment Office (OIO), corporate governance matters, management buyouts, restructurings and securities offerings.  Grant has a particular focus on private equity and venture capital, having acted for some well known VC, LBO, sovereign wealth and investment funds such as Adamantem Capital, Public Sector Pension Investment Board, Goldman Sachs Asian Special Situations, The Growth Fund (formerly Archer Capital Growth Funds), Blackstone, HRL Morrison & Co and Affinity Equity Partners, on their limited partnership formation, fund raising, portfolio company acquisitions, financings, ongoing investment and exits in the TMT, biotechnology, food and beverage, healthcare, dairy, agri-business, energy, real estate, retirement villages and aged care facilities, forestry, infrastructure, insurance, credit and financial services sectors.

Grant has a BCom (accounting and finance) from the University of Auckland and has been admitted in England, Wales and New South Wales, Australia.


• Member Australian Corporate Lawyers Association
• Member New Zealand Private Equity & Venture Capital Association
• Member Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association


• BCom, LLB (University of Auckland)
• Admitted New Zealand
• Admitted England and Wales
• Admitted New South Wales, Australia

New Zealand

Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Grant Dunn - Buddle Findlay

Within: Corporate and M&A

Buddle Findlay provides 'the highest quality of service and is always thorough, having a deep tool kit and a senior team with valuable experience and rich networks and knowledge in New Zealand'. 'They understand our requirements and always outperform', says a client. The team, which is led by Auckland-based Simon Vodanovich, frequently acts in some of the largest corporate transactions in the market and Vodanovich recently advised Newell Brands on its NZ$660m acquisition of Sistema Plastics. Partners Nick Bragg and Lisette Hood also played key roles in that transaction. Also recommended are Grant Dunn, who has 'very deep knowledge of the market and a good eye for detail'; senior corporate partner David Thomson, who handled a share sale for Geneva Group; and senior associate Benjamin Sutton, who is 'an emerging talent operating in many ways at a partner level - a safe pair of hands'. In Wellington, Steve Nightingale is a standout practitioner and he advised Infratil on the block trade sale of its NZ$237m stake in Metlifecare.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

The property and construction team at Buddle Findlay is led by commercial property and finance partner Daniel Kelleher in Auckland and construction partner Charlotte Von Dadelszen in Wellington. The firm frequently handles high-profile projects for local authorities, including urban regeneration projects in Auckland, and has specialist expertise in Treaty Waitangi settlements. It is also strong in property finance, including in relation to innovative social housing projects, and has a growing presence in the market for infrastructure developments such as irrigation projects, telecoms projects and PPPs. Von Dadelszen focuses on leasing, construction and land-related property advice. Kelleher has more than 20 years' experience in real estate matters and acted for Panuku Development Auckland in the Transform Manukau project. He also worked with corporate partner Grant Dunn to assist Adamantem Capital with the property aspects of its acquisition of retirement village operator Heritage Lifecare. Dominic Lundon retired.

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