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Anthony Harper

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Auckland, Christchurch
Anthony Harper, Malcolm Hurley, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

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Malcolm Hurley

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Anthony Harper

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Corporate Advisory


Partner - Corporate Advisory


Malcolm is a partner in Anthony Harper's Corporate Advisory team and has extensive experience of a wide range of corporate and commercial matters.

He has advised on many significant transactions, and is appreciated by clients as a "deal doer" with real commercial acumen. He also assists clients with a wide range of "business as usual" commercial contracts and other work.

Malcolm has a particular interest in the retail sector, and understands well the challenges and issues faced by retailers. Many of Malcolm's clients are in that sector, and he leads Anthony Harper's membership of Retail NZ.

Malcolm was recognised in the NZ Lawyer magazine's 2015 hot list as one of the country's top thirty lawyers. The list showcased those lawyers who had made a significant contribution through innovation, leadership, community contributions or playing a key role in some of the country's most significant cases or deals.

Malcolm is also recommended in the 2016 Asia Pacific Legal 500 Directory.

He led the award winning team, advising the GFG Group shareholders on their sale to Wirecard, picking up the trophy for 'Mid-size Deal of the Year', at the 2015 New Zealand Law Awards.




Retail NZ


University of Auckland BCom/LLB (Hons)

New Zealand

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

'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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