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Anthony Harper

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Auckland, Christchurch
Anthony Harper, David Gould, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

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David Gould

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Anthony Harper

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Corporate Advisory


Partner - Corporate Advisory


David has wide experience acting on a range of corporate and commercial projects for New Zealand and overseas based clients. He has particular expertise on acquisitions, sale and merger transactions, corporate restructurings, equity placements, management shareholding structures, and the legal issues faced by manufacturers and exporters.

David is regularly sought out by overseas based clients needing help with acquisitions or setting up New Zealand businesses, and often works closely as part of the project team from inception to completion.

As well as project work, David regularly advises on key commercial contracts including supply agreements, procurement contracts, manufacturing agreements, agency and distribution arrangements, logistics contracts, service agreements, IP licensing, and joint venture and shareholder agreements.
Many of David's clients have worked with him for more than a decade, and are attracted to his ability to understand their businesses and negotiate and secure pragmatic real world outcomes that balance the legal detail and risk with their commercial objectives.

David is recommended as 'commercial, practical and technically astute' in the 2016 Asia Pacific Legal 500 Directory.




Otago University Bachelor of Commerce (1988) Bachelor of Laws (1990)

Admitted: 1991. David worked for Harkness Henry prior to joining Anthony Harper in 1997. He was admitted as a partner in 2000 and was Managing Partner form 2007 - 2011.

He has been the Head of our Corporate Advisory team since 2011.


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'The service has always been, and remains, outstanding', remarks a client of Anthony Harper, which has a large corporate and commercial team in both Auckland and Christchurch. 'The advice is astute and balanced, and its knowledge of our business and industry sector is second to none', says another client. The firm's recent work includes significant transactions for leading agricultural goods manufacturer and supplier Donaghys, listed agri-business company Scales Corporation, Canadian venture-capital group Volaris, and the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. The practice is led by Chris Dann in the Christchurch office. 'His ability to interpret our requirements and wishes into a succinct legal document is extraordinary', says a client of 'practical, commercial, best-in-business' partner David Gould, who led Donaghy's sale of its crop packaging business. Newly promoted partner Megan Compton also played a key role in that transaction. In Auckland, Geoff Hosking, who acted for Volaris, and managing partner Malcolm Hurley are the standout practitioners.

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