MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Auckland, New Zealand > Firm Profile

PO BOX 105 249
New Zealand

New Zealand > Banking and finance Tier 1

Counting a number of high-profile domestic and international banks among its key roster of clients, MinterEllisonRuddWatts handles regulation and compliance matters, leveraged finance transactions, financial restructurings, and infrastructure-related financings. Jeremy Muir jointly leads the practice alongside Steve Gallaugher, who has demonstrable experience in advising on acquisition, syndicated, corporate, projects and property finance matters.  Kate Lane covers a broad range of areas, from institutional finance to consumer finance, and has a keen interest in ESG-related matters. Wellington-based Chris O’Brien acts for various banks, major corporates, trustee companies, as well as public sector entities, while Michael Langdon is noted for his expertise in construction and development financings. Special counsel Simon Gray, who has a particular interest in the energy and infrastructure sectors, and senior associate Allison Hancock are further key contacts in the team. All named practitioners are based in the firm’s Auckland office, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Steve Gallaugher; Jeremy Muir

Key clients

Westpac New Zealand Limited

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

ASB Bank Limited

Kiwibank Limited

The Co-operative Bank Limited

TSB Bank Limited

Allegro Funds Pty Ltd

Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities


Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Wellington Gateway Partnership

Channel Infrastructure Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the mandated lead arranger banks in connection with the syndicated financing of the acquisition of a controlling stake in Pacific Radiology Group Limited by Infratil Limited, for approximately NZD$530m.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks on all aspects of the refinancing in relation to New Zealand Schools PPP 3, which manages five NZ schools, the first New Zealand PPP to introduce sustainability requirements and impact reporting metrics.
  • Advised Kāinga Ora on the establishment of a NZD$400m Progressive Home Ownership Fund.

New Zealand > Competition law Tier 1

MinterEllisonRuddWatts has demonstrable experience in merger clearance applications and oppositions - often with a distinct cross-border element - and is particularly noted for its capabilities handling anti-dumping and anti-subsidy matters. The Auckland-based team is led by highly regarded Ross Patterson, who represents clients in high-profile merger clearances, authorisations and Commerce Commission investigations, and is especially recognised for his expertise in the telecoms sector. Jennifer Hambleton, who was promoted to partner in May 2022, focuses on Commerce Act and Fair Trading Act (FTA) investigations and enforcement actions, while corporate partner Sarah Salmond handles regulatory work arising out of concerns in the agriculture and fisheries, food and beverage, telecoms and energy sectors. Key clients include Tourism Holdings Limited, Tegel Foods Limited and Life Health Foods NZ, to name a few.

Practice head(s):

Ross Patterson


‘This team are easy to deal with and provide commercially-focused advice.’

‘Both Ross Patterson and Jennifer Hambleton are exceptional lawyers.’

Key clients

Tourism Holdings Group

Roof Tile Group

ASB Bank

Television New Zealand

UK Department of International Trade

Tegel Foods Limited

Life Health Foods NZ Limited

Concrete Group companies

Camplify Group company

viagogo AG

Work highlights

  • Acting for THL Group (Australia) Pty Limited, a subsidiary of Tourism Holdings Limited (thl), on its application to the New Zealand Commerce Commission for clearance to acquire 100% of the shares in Apollo Tourism & Leisure Ltd (Apollo).
  • Advising Tegel on its opposition to the New Zealand Tegel Growers Association’s application for provisional authorisation to collectively negotiate the terms and conditions of its members’ supply of chicken growing services to Tegel for a ten-year period.
  • Acted for Assa Abloy on its successful application to the New Zealand Commerce Commission for clearance to acquire the shares of New Zealand Fire Doors Limited.

New Zealand > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Counting domestic and multinational entities, as well as private equity firms, among its key roster of clients, ‘top professional firmMinterEllisonRuddWatts and has demonstrable experience across the full range of M&A transactions, joint ventures, equity capital markets and corporate governance matters. Neil Millar, who spearheads the corporate practice in Auckland, advises private company clients on high value M&A transactions, while Rodney Craig leads the Wellington-based team, frequently assisting early-stage and high growth businesses in the technology sector. The Auckland office is also home to Mark Forman , who has ‘has an inherent understanding of transaction dynamics, excellent judgment and knows how to close a deal’, and Mark Stuart, who acts for local and international private equity investors with their cross-border acquisitions. Other key members of the team include Auckland-based Igor Drinkovic, who focuses on public M&As, John Conlan and Cathy Quinn, who operate from the Wellington and Auckland offices, respectively. Sacha Oudyn left the firm in November 2021, as did Silvana Schenone in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Neil Millar; Rodney Craig


‘The MinterEllison team has a very commercial approach to transactions and looks for solutions rather than issues.’

‘Mark Forman is one of the most commercial and connected M&A lawyers in the New Zealand market. He has an inherent understanding of transaction dynamics, excellent judgment and knows how to close a deal.’

‘We value the pragmatic approach to transactions with a focus on their clients, balanced with achieving the outcomes.’

‘Lauren Archer is highly knowledgeable and always accessible. I really valued being able to confirm any issue that arose even if of a minor nature.’

‘The firm took a pragmatic approach with their advice, giving us several options on how we could tackle issues as they arose.’

‘Commercial and flexible. Willing to align risk/reward with their clients. A leading commercial team.’

‘Top professional law firm in Auckland. Goes beyond strict conservative interpretation of law to provide realistic commercial view.’

‘Silvana Schenone has a exceptionally commercial perspective. The best in the business.’

Key clients



Soul Machines Limited

Tourism Holdings Limited

CablePrice (NZ) Limited

Ritchies Transport

CITIC Capital

Pencarrow Private Equity

Advent Partners

Next Capital

Anchorage Capital Partners

Allegro Funds

MMC Limited

Shareholders of Auckland Radiology Group and Hamilton Radiology Limited

Macquarie Group

Refining NZ

Livestock Improvement Corporate (LIC)

Aon New Zealand / Aon Holdings New Zealand

Work highlights

  • Advised Next Capital on its sale of 100% of the shares in NZB Holdco Limited to Kinetic NZ Holdings Limited.
  • Advised Tourism Holdings Limited on its recent entry into a conditional scheme implementation deed to merge with Apollo Tourism and Leisure Limited through an Australian scheme of arrangement, whereby Tourism Holdings will acquire all of the shares in the Target.
  • Advised on the sale of 100% of the shares in Ritchies Transport Holdings Limited and Coachline Properties Limited to Rome NZ Bidco Limited, a subsidiary of global investment entity, KKR.

New Zealand > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Counting major corporates, financial institutions and public sector entities among its key clients, MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ caseload regularly includes large-scale commercial litigation, ranging from regulatory investigations and insolvency to banking and finance, agriculture, energy and insurance-related disputes. In Auckland, Jane Standage, who ‘provides clear, pragmatic and strategic advice’ to clients in relation to investigations by regulators (including the Financial Markets Authority, Commerce Commission and Reserve Bank) jointly leads the practice alongside Wellington-based Richard Gordon, who has experience in banking and insolvency litigation. Also in Wellington, Stacey Shortall is noted for her expertise in handling the interplay between regulatory investigations, criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits, while Auckland-based Andrew Horne and Nick Frith specialise in insurance disputes. Other key members of the team include Sean Gollin, who operates from the firm’s Auckland office and has a broad civil and commercial litigation practice, and Wellington-based Briony Davies, who handles public law disputes. Oliver Skilton left the firm in April 2022 to join Mills Lane Chambers.

Practice head(s):

Richard Gordon; Jane Standage

Other key lawyers:


‘Really strong dispute resolution team, demonstrating the same degree of pragmatism, commerciality and collaboration I have come to expect generally from MinterEllisonRuddWatts.’

‘Jane Standage provides clear, pragmatic and strategic advice, and is a trusted pair of hands for clients.’

Key clients

Bathurst Resources Limited

Synlait Milk Limited

Beach Energy

viagogo AG

New Zealand Earthquake Commission



Bank of New Zealand

Westpac New Zealand


Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Bathurst Resources Limited and Buller Coal Limited befire the Supreme Court in a a $40m claim in a contractual interpretation case.
  • Acting for Synlait Milk Limited in a case before the Supreme Court, relating to new legislation in which old land covenants may be removed by the court.
  • Acting for Viagogo in High Court proceedings brought by the New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) under the Fair Trading Act.

New Zealand > Investment funds Tier 1

Counting leading domestic financial institutions among its key roster of clients, MinterEllisonRuddWatts ‘has a breadth of experience in investment funds that is second to none in New Zealand’. Noted for its transactional and regulatory expertise, the team advises on developing fintech and cryptocurrency matters, acting national and international crypto/blockchain clients, as well as retail platform offerings. With respect to the joint practice heads, as one client puts it: ‘Jeremy Muir is a standout partner in this space along with Lloyd Kavanagh and together, they lead a team of high-calibre individuals’. Kavanagh covers investment funds, financial services regulation and corporate governance, while Muir is at the heart of the fintech sector, advising on cryptocurrencies, digital tokens and coins, NFTs and other blockchain projects. Special counsel Alistair Robertson, who ‘brings his extensive in-house experience’ to the team, and senior associate Maria Collett-Bevan both possess demonstrable experience in financial services regulation. All named practitioners are based in the firm’s Auckland office.

Practice head(s):

Lloyd Kavanagh; Jeremy Muir


‘The team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts has a breadth of experience in investment funds that is second to none in New Zealand. We use Minters for the difficult and high-profile work, where we know that we will get sound, commercial advice.’

‘Lloyd Kavanagh is a market leading expert. He is well-respected across the industry.’

‘The MERW team has assisted with a number of sensitive matters over the last 12 months. They are clearly a leading team on NZ investment funds, and related issues.’

‘Jeremy Muir is an exceptionally patient, kind, thoughtful and innovative lawyer.’

‘The investment funds practice provides exceptional client service and expert advice. They are leaders in their field, take the time to understand our business and our needs. They are commercially minded, practical, and very responsive.’

‘Jeremy Muir is a standout partner in this space along with Lloyd Kavanagh. Together they lead a team of high-calibre individuals.’

‘Alistair Robertson has great knowledge across the financial services sector. He brings his extensive in-house experience, helping clients with key judgement calls, on strategic projects.’

‘Highly responsive and knowledgeable team. Well able to anticipate client’s needs.’

Key clients

Macquarie Group

ASB Group Investments Limited

Aon New Zealand and Aon Holdings New Zealand

Icehouse Ventures

Nuance Capital Limited and Nuance Connected Capital 1 LP

Sharesies Limited

TSB Bank

Better Bite Ventures

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Milford Asset Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Macquarie Asset Management on the purchase of the New Zealand aspects of AMP Capital’s global equity and fixed income business, increasing Macquarie Asset Management’s assets under management by up to AU$60bn.
  • Advising ASB Group Investments Limited (funds management subsidiary of ASB Bank) on all aspects of a transaction to transfer the fund management rights of the ASB Superannuation Master Trust (SMT) to SmartShares Limited (the fund manager subsidiary of NZX).
  • Acting for Aon New Zealand and Aon Holdings New Zealand in relation to the sale of Aon’s KiwiSaver and Master Trust business in New Zealand.

New Zealand > Labour and employment Tier 1

Based across the firm’s Auckland and Wellington offices, MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ ‘first-rate’ employment practice has demonstrable experience across employee and industrial relations, health and safety matters, financial services remuneration and conduct, as well as employee privacy issues. ‘Widely respected for her calm, sound and strategically nuanced advice on complex issues’, Gillian Service leads the Auckland-based team and handles issues relating to flexible working, the Holidays Act and unionised workforces. The Auckland office is also home to ‘technically accurateJune Hardacre, who is noted for her expertise in data protection and employee privacy mandates, and Aaron Lloyd, who handles regulatory investigations and employment-related litigation. Praised for her ‘intellectual rigour and expertise’, Megan Richards spearheads the Wellington-based practice, advising on matters with political and reputational risk, including independent investigations into bullying and sexual harassment allegations, executive appointments and exits/terminations. Special counsel Emma Warden is another key figure in the Wellington team.

Practice head(s):

Megan Richards; Gillian Service


‘The breadth and capability within the team at MinterEllison is very impressive. They have the experience and capability to support us across health and safety, human rights and general employment.’

‘Gillian Service and June Hardacre’s advice across all facets of employment has been invaluable.’

‘June Hardacre is technically accurate, well-thought and easy to work with. She listens well and adapts her style to our needs.’

‘The MERW employment practice is first-rate. Not only are they incredibly responsive, but offer very pragmatic support with very difficult issues.’

‘Megan Richards is a trusted adviser and true expert in her field. Gillian Service is first-class, and has a great commercial approach to the trickiest issues.’

‘We value June Hardacre’s ability to be “one of the team”, understanding our issues and thinking about them commercially’

‘The team is very well led by Gillian Service, who is widely respected for her calm, sound and strategically nuanced advice on complex issues.’

‘Megan Richards stands out as exceptional. Megan has a clarity of thought and expression which makes her advice cogent and persuasive. She has intellectual rigour and expertise.’

Key clients


Discovery Inc

Auckland District Health Board


Westpac New Zealand


Oranga Tamariki (Ministry for Children)

Aon Insurance


The Warehouse Group

Work highlights

  • Advising IBM since 2005 and is IBM’s trusted advisor on all aspects of New Zealand employment law, including workforce restructuring.
  • Acting for Fonterra in a high-stakes interim reinstatement application in the Employment Court made by a former employee who had been dismissed from the company.
  • Advising Oranga Tamariki in a number of litigious matters in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court relating to defending disciplinary actions and alleged unfair dismissals.

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment) Tier 1

Praised for its ‘in-depth understanding of the RMA’, MinterEllisonRuddWatts acts for central and local government bodies, blue-chip principals and national developers on major infrastructure and construction projects. Construction expert Sarah Sinclair, who continues to advise the Department of Internal Affairs on the Three Waters Reform Programme, jointly leads the team alongside resource management and environmental specialist Bianca Tree, who advises on all aspects of the RMA and related legislation. Steve Gallaugher has demonstrable experience in project financings, while Rachel Devine is a leading figure in the environmental and resource management space, and spearheads the team advising on the reform of the resource management system in New Zealand. Other key members of the practice include Travis Tomlinson and Scott Thompson, both of whom handle infrastructure and construction projects. All named partners operate from the firm’s office in Auckland.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Sinclair; Bianca Tree


‘In-depth understanding of the RMA.’

‘Detailed planning and prompt response to issues by Bianca Tree, who also builds great client and partner relationships.’

‘The practice responds with ease and provides a high level of consistent service.

Key clients


Southern Cross Healthcare

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Stride Property Group

Kiwi Property Group

Jacobs New Zealand

Wellington Gateway Partnership

Mercury New Zealand

Z Energy

Channel Infrastructure NZ

ANZ Bank New Zealand

Westpac New Zealand

Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua

Ministry of Transport | Te Manatū Waka

Ministry for the Environment | Manatū Mō Te Taiao

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment | Hīkina Whakatutuki

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development | Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga

Ministry for Primary Industries | Manatū Ahu Matua


Auckland District Health Board

Taranaki District Health Board

Heritage New Zealand

ANZ Bank New Zealand

Westpac New Zealand

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua on all aspects of their reform programme to improve the regulation and supply arrangements of drinking water, wastewater, and storm water.
  • Advising Mercury on the delivery of the Turitea Wind Farm project.
  • Advising Metlifecare on the planning, consenting, procurement and delivery of a number of new aged care and retirement developments across New Zealand, including the recently announced NZ$150m village in Clevedon.

New Zealand > Real estate and construction

MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ real estate and construction practices exemplify ‘excellent knowledge’ across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters, from high-value acquisitions, portfolio management and commercial leasing to major infrastructure projects and construction-related disputes. Head of real estate David Gilbert handles the acquisition, development and disposal of land, retail premises and office complexes, while Andrew Monteith has experience in large-scale infrastructure projects and consultant Ross Pickmere advises on a broad range of commercial property deals. Janine Stewart, who regularly acts on matters relating to defective buildings, as well as landlord and tenant obligations and rent review disputes, jointly leads the construction team alongside Travis Tomlinson, who focuses on public sector construction projects and capital works programs. Other key members of the team include infrastructure specialist Sarah Sinclair, expert construction litigator Stephen Price and Mark Crosbie. All named practitioners are based in the firm’s Auckland office.

Practice head(s):

David Gilbert; Janine Stewart; Travis Tomlinson


‘Strong property knowledge.’

‘The team is very capable and always appears to be across current and developing industry issues.’

‘The individuals are very knowledgeable and proactive at foreseeing issues that need to be considered. Seem to be at the forefront of construction-related issues.’

‘Excellent knowledge and experience across the team, there hasn’t been any instances where they have been unsure about the best way to handle a situation.’

‘The individuals are very good at piecing together all of the information and from that preparing the required documentation.’

‘The team understands our business and can provide practical and pragmatic advice.’

‘Andrew Monteith is an excellent and approachable lawyer.’

Key clients

Metlifecare Limited

Mercury New Zealand Limited

Auckland Council

Wellington Gateway Partnership

Ōtākaro Limited

Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua

Auckland District Health Board

Taranaki District Health Board

Ministry of Transport

Kiwi Property Group

Jacobs New Zealand Limited

Tainui Group Holdings

Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Education

Ministry for Primary Industries

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited

Ikea New Zealand

DCI Data Centres

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH


Fisher and Paykel Healthcare


Southern Cross

Z Energy

Westpac New Zealand

Tower Insurance


Greenplan Forestry Limited

Channel Infrastructure New Zealand (formerly Refining NZ)

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities

Newcrest Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Ōtākaro Limited on all aspects of its NZ$1bn+ earthquake rebuild ‘Anchor Projects’ as part of the Christchurch earthquake rebuild.
  • Acting for both Auckland DHB and Taranaki DHB on their respective core development programmes – FIRP and Maunga Stage 2 respectively.
  • Acting for Metlifecare in proceedings before the High Court against James Hardie entities in New Zealand, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland, for the negligent design, manufacture and supply of products, and breaches of the Fair Trading Act 1986 and Consumer Guarantees Act 1993.
  • Advising The New Zealand Refining Company Limited (now Channel Infrastructure) on the conversion of New Zealand’s only oil refinery to an import terminal.
  • Acting for IKEA on the acquisition and development of its first store in New Zealand.

New Zealand > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

The ‘personable, engaging, competent and capable’ team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts counts leading domestic banks and insolvency practitioners in New Zealand among its key roster of clients, and notably acts as adviser to The Treasury on insolvency and restructuring assignments involving the Crown. The practice is especially well-placed to advise on trans-Tasman, regional and cross-border insolvency and restructuring assignments. In Auckland, practice co-leader Sean Gollin maintains a strong litigation and general advisory practice relating to receivership and insolvency law, security enforcement, restructuring, and corporate recovery. The Auckland office is also home to practice co-leader Michael Langdon, who advises on restructurings, distressed debt and security enforcement issues, while Wellington-based litigator Richard Gordon handles corporate insolvency cases, in addition to banking and securities law mandates. Senior associate Charlotte Carey also operates from the firm's Wellington office.

Practice head(s):

Sean Gollin; Michael Langdon

Other key lawyers:


‘Strong team.’

‘Michael Langdon is always available, experienced and provides good commercial advice. Sean Gollin is very smart and articulate.’

‘Personable, engaging, competent and capable.’

‘Richard Gordon and Charlotte Carey have been superb to deal with.’

‘They get the job done quickly and efficiently.’

‘Partner Sean Gollin has provided us with excellent service for over 20 years.’

‘An experienced team which capably led. Long and strong history in restructuring and insolvency.’

‘Sean Gollin ably leads the team, is well versed and very experienced. Calm but persistent and gets results.’

Key clients

Bank of New Zealand

Westpac New Zealand

ASB Bank

ANZ Bank New Zealand





Grant Thornton

BCR Advisory

Work highlights

  • Acting for the receivers, BDO, on the receivership of Warkworth Holdings Limited (in receivership and liquidation).
  • Acted for Westpac in strategically managing its significant exposure to the Sacred Hill winery group, including Sacred Hill Vineyards Limited (Vineyards) and Sacred Hill Marlborough Vineyards Limited (Marlborough), including appointing receivers to each of Vineyards and Marlborough and also administrators to Marlborough.
  • Acting for the liquidators, BDO in proceedings brought against Mainzeal’s directors of Mainzeal and two related companies controlled by Mainzeal Group’s principal.

New Zealand > Tax Tier 1

Praised for its ‘first-rate technical knowledge’, MinterEllisonRuddWatts has demonstrable experience in advising on the tax aspects of top-tier corporate transactions, in addition to large-scale infrastructure projects. Additional areas of expertise include transfer pricing, warranty and indemnity insurance, executive remuneration and tax disputes with the New Zealand Inland Revenue. The Auckland-based practice is led by Andrew Ryan, who has notable experience in corporate taxation and obtaining binding rulings from Inland Revenue, whilst acting for domestic banks, blue-chip companies, government entities, insolvency practitioners, not-for-profit organisations and private individuals. Simon Akozu, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, and focuses on M&A, infrastructure projects, financing arrangements and crypto assets, while senior associate Phillip Chrisp advises on the tax aspects of corporate and property transactions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ryan

Other key lawyers:


‘The MERW tax team is very experienced. First-rate technical knowledge, advice is always clear and concise, they are very responsive and are able to meet deadlines.’

‘Andrew Ryan understands private equity structures, is very competent technically. Phillip Chrisp is an outstanding understudy to Andrew Ryan and can work to tight deadlines.’

‘We worked with Simon Akozu, who is very personable, friendly and ensured that he was prepared with answers to any questions the IRD may ask.’

‘Quick to respond. Knowledgable and provide clear and easy to understand advice.’

Key clients

Fédération Internationale de Football Association

Wellington Gateway Partnership

EBOS Group Limited

Kainga Ora – Homes and Communities

Fertility Associates Limited

Toitū Tahua: Centre for Sustainable Finance Trust

EverCommerce Inc

ASB Group Investments Limited

The Co-operative Bank Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on its tax and structuring requirements to successfully deliver the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ competition across Australia and New Zealand.
  • Advising Wellington Gateway Partnership (WGP) on tax considerations, including tax structuring, tax negotiations with both counterparts and with IRD regarding rulings and special determinations.
  • Advised EBOS Group Limited (EBOS) on the tax aspects (transaction document, tax due diligence and providing strategic and tactical tax advice to in-house tax counsel) of their share purchase agreement to acquire LifeHealthcare.

New Zealand > TMT Tier 1

MinterEllisonRuddWatts has a ‘wealth of experience’ across the full gamut of TMT matters, from technology transformation projects and large-scale M&A transactions to emerging technologies, regulatory matters and complex disputes, among others. In the firm’s Auckland office, Tom Maasland leads the practice and advises on cyber security, artificial intelligence and blockchain-related mandates, while Wellington-based Jane Parker is ‘particularly knowledgeable’ in handling matters pertaining to technology services agreements. The Auckland office is also home to Ross Patterson, who focuses on telecoms regulation, and Richard Wells, who advises on technology-related contracting, in addition to privacy and data protection issues. In Wellington, John McCay is noted for his experience in the film and entertainment sectors. Other key members of the practice include Auckland-based special counsel Sonya Forbes, and senior associates Kate Cruickshank and Kate Anderson, both of who operate from the firm’s Wellington office.

Practice head(s):

Tom Maasland


‘MinterEllison’s TMT team in Wellington is excellent, with knowledgeable lawyers who have broad experience.’

‘Jane Parker and Kate Anderson are both excellent and knowledgeable lawyers. Both are great to work with and provide sound, pragmatic and commercial advice.’

‘The MinterEllisonRuddWatts IT team has a wealth of experience dealing with local systems integration and global software and hardware vendors. They bring a view of best practice and pragmatism from their dealings across NZ.’

‘My dealings with Tom Maasland have always been excellent. He is constructive in his dealings with counterparties and always seeking pragmatic approaches to help mitigate potential deadlocks. He is ably supported by a team of capable, diligent and productive seniors and associate, who provide value and help to keep costs of engagement reasonable.’

‘The individuals have strong TMT legal knowledge coupled with a commercial and professional approach to advice and negotiations.’

‘Jane Parker is particularly knowledgeable, experienced, and it’s amazing to have access to her on a regular basis. Jane is an enthusiastic leader who appreciates her team members.’

‘Kate Anderson has strong expert knowledge across the board. She understands the commercial drivers of our business.’

‘The TMT practice has considerable depth and capability. A very talented team, who are able to bring a logical, pragmatic and appropriate perspective to the drafting and negotiating of complex multi-year programmes.’

Key clients

Westpac New Zealand

Spark New Zealand

Television New Zealand

New Zealand Lotteries Commission

New Zealand Film Commission

Enable Networks

Soul Machines

Rural Connectivity Group

The Warehouse Group

Datacom Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Kiwibank with its procurement of, and migration to, a new cards and payments software solution from ACI (Worldwide).
  • Acting for 12 public transport authorities and Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (Waka Kotahi) on Project NEXT, the project to procure a national ticketing solution to enable and process payments for journeys on public transport in New Zealand.
  • Acting for the New Zealand government in its negotiations with Amazon to secure the The Lord of the Rings, The Ring of Power production in New Zealand.

New Zealand > Data protection Tier 2

MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ privacy and data protection team assists clients in resolving and mitigating risks, from major data breaches and drafting privacy policies, to data sharing contracts and privacy compliance obligations. In the firm’s Auckland office, Richard Wells, who has experience in high-profile data breaches in New Zealand, jointly leads the practice alongside Wellington-based Briony Davies, who advises clients across the government, transport, health and education sectors on privacy issues and obligations. The Auckland office is also home to June Hardacre, who ‘offers exceptionally practical and commercial advice’ on contentious matters relating to the Privacy Act 2020, including access request and data breaches, in addition to day-to-day employee privacy issues.

Practice head(s):

Richard Wells; Briony Davies

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has a great depth of knowledge and gives practical, commercial advice.’

‘June Hardacre is great to work with and very responsive.’

‘June Hardacre is outstanding. June offers exceptionally practical and commercial advice, and understands our business. June gives direct and succinct advice, being clear about the risks, which gives us the confidence to make decisions quickly.’

Key clients

Orbis Diagnostics

Moet Hennessy Australia Pty Limited

Ultimate Kronos Group Inc

Osborne Clarke

The Warehouse Group Limited

Fletcher Building



Southern Cross Healthcare Limited

Television New Zealand

Precinct Properties Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised The Warehouse Group Limited on the implementation and launch of a new loyalty programme to be rolled out across the TWG business, including The Warehouse, TheMarket, Noel Leeming, Warehouse Stationary, and Torpedo 7.
  • Advising Moet Hennessy Australia Pty Limited on a global data protection compliance programme.
  • Advised Ultimate Kronos Group on its response to a major ransomware attack that exposed the personal information of millions of customer employees.

New Zealand > Insurance Tier 2

MinterEllisonRuddWatts frequently acts for local and international underwriters in dealing with New Zealand’s financial services regulators, as well as advising on the drafting and interpretation of insurance policies. The team also counts life and health insurance claims, reinsurance matters, property issues, professional indemnity and general liability work in its caseload. In the firm’s Auckland offices, ‘knowledgeable and pragmaticAndrew Horne leads the practice and continues to act for global broking firm Marsh, in addition to leading domestic insurers. Nick Frith defends negligence claims against brokers, and advises on litigating property damage and business interruption claims for both insureds and insurers.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Horne

Other key lawyers:


‘This team stands out for its strong international and local industry knowledge, combined with a commercial and cost-effective approach.’

‘Andrew Horne is very knowledgeable and pragmatic.’

‘The nature of our business is broad and our needs are complex. The practice responds to this with ease and provides a high level of service across the multiple partners and specialties. This flexible but consistent service allows our business to operate at a high level.’

Key clients

Marsh Limited

Munich Re


ANZ Bank

Aon New Zealand

Youi Insurance

AIA Insurance

FMG Insurance


Earthquake Commission

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium (comprised of construction firm Fulton Hogan, Waka Kotahi, Christchurch City Council, Aurecon, and Jacobs [CNCA]) on its insurance claim involving extensive loss and with complicating factors such as it being a high-profile project, project deadlines and media coverage.
  • Acted for ANZ Bank in regulatory proceeding, the first civil prosecution of a financial institution under part 2 of the Financial Markets and Conduct Act 2013 (FMCA).
  • Acting for Medical Assurance Society (MAS), on a variety of claims, disputes, and advisory matters for both the general, and life and health insurance businesses.

New Zealand > Intellectual property Tier 2

Praised for its ‘outstanding, client-focused service’, MinterEllisonRuddWatts is handling a growing number of corporate transactions, advising on the IP aspects of major deals, while also handling the commercialisation of IP assets, including structuring and licensing matters. The team also has demonstrable experience in trade mark registration and portfolio management, as well as IP litigation. In the firm’s Auckland office, practice leader Christopher Young ‘is at the top of his game’ when advising local and international clients on trade mark and licensing matters as well as transactional work, while Richard Wells is a key contact for IP commercialisation. Based in Wellington, commercial TMT partner John McCay, who is noted for his expertise in the New Zealand film industry, is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Young

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is extremely organised, very efficient and effective.’

‘Always accessible and with a quick turnaround. A special shout out to Christopher Young, who always delivers with great quality and relevance. Knowledgeable about our business and suggests the appropriate measures accordingly.’

‘Christopher Young has been simply amazing to work with and always taking such incredible leadership toward our future and growth needs.’

‘Specialist expertise in the IP space. Very well-versed in the ins and outs of the world of IP.’

‘I work mainly with Christopher Young on IP issues. Whatever you throw at him, he and his team are unflappable, methodical and thorough. His client service is excellent and he’s always available to talk through any issues and give recommendations.’

‘My desire to work with Chris Young is based on Chris’ sage advice, his very meticulous attention to detail, and his responsiveness. The fact that he is also very personable and a pleasure to work with are additional bonuses.’

‘Outstanding, client focused service. We confidently know that our IP and trademark work is in safe hands.’

‘Chris Young’s extensive experience, attention to detail and proactiveness are what we look for in a trusted adviser. Practical commercial judgement is always well received. It’s clear Chris is at the top of his game.’

Key clients

Livestock Improvement Corporation

Jucy Group

Calibre Partners

Southern Cross Healthcare

SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited

Scholastic Inc


Westpac Banking Corporation

Westpac New Zealand Limited

Red Bird Ventures Limited

Tourism Holdings Limited

Essity Aktiebolaget

The New Zealand Merino Company Limited

RX Made for Good Limited


VF Corporation

Thermomix Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Livestock Improvement Corporation on the IP aspects of the sale of its automation business, which was IP intensive to MSD Animal Health a division of Merck and Co.
  • Advised on rebranding matters for Kiwibank, Trustpower and Refining NZ.
  • Advised The New Zealand Merino Company Limited on the sale of its IP in its regenerative wool platform ZQRX, to a joint venture partnership named ‘Made for Good RX Limited’ between Silicon Valley technology platform Actual and New Zealand Merino.

New Zealand > Transport (rail, road, air and sea) Tier 3

MinterEllisonRuddWatts provides a ‘flexible but consistent level of service’ to its roster of clients – including government bodies, constructors, developers and operators – on large-scale road and rail, port and maritime infrastructure projects. The practice has demonstrable capability in advising on the full lifecycle of a project, from funding and procurement to construction, delivery and ongoing operations. In the firm’s Auckland office, practice leader and infrastructure specialist Sarah Sinclair focuses on funding models, procurement strategies and contracting structures, and is frequently assisted by senior associate Jordan Oldham.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Sinclair

Other key lawyers:


‘The practice provides a flexible but consistent level of service across the multiple partners and specialties.

Key clients

Wellington Gateway Partnership

Ports of Auckland

Ministry of Transport | Te Manatū Waka

Waka Kotahi | New Zealand Transport Agency

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development | Te Tūāpapa

Kura Kāinga

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment | Hīkina


Maritime New Zealand

Z Energy

NZ Bus

Ritches Transport

Fullers Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Ministry of Transport on the Auckland Light Rail project.
  • Advising Wellington Gateway Partnership (the PPP contractor) on all aspects of the 27km Transmission Gully motorway.
  • Advising Ports of Auckland on the legal, commercial, and strategic aspects of its Hydrogen Demonstration Project.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is leading full-service, legal and business advisory firm with offices in Auckland and Wellington. We are a New Zealand owned and operated partnership with 47 partners and more than 180 other legal staff. Our New Zealand heritage, dating back 130 years, is a firm foundation on which we have built an established and strong brand in the market.

We advise our clients on a wide range of practice areas from regulatory to commercial law, finance to real estate, employment to taxation, and from public law to dispute resolution. Our clients come from a broad range of industries including banking and financial services, central and local government, aviation, infrastructure, energy and resources, manufacturing, health and aged care, telecommunications, media and technology.

While an independent New Zealand firm, we are a member of the MinterEllison Legal Group (MELG). With more than 200 partners and 900 legal staff, we are the only top-tier international law firm in New Zealand. Our network of offices in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom enables us to provide a full range of legal services to both local business and international companies.

Co-head of Banking and Financial Services Jeremy 9 353 9819
Co-head of Banking and Financial Services Steve 9 353 9946
Head of Corporate (Auckland) Neil 9 353 9977
Head of Corporate (Wellington) John 498 5037
Co-head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution (Wellington) Richard 4 498 5006
Co-head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution (Auckland) Gillian 9 353 9817
Co-head of Construction and Infrastructure Janine 9 353 9922
Co-head of Construction and Infrastructure Travis 9 353 9842
Head of Restructuring and Insolvency Sean 9 353 9814
Head of Competition Dr Ross 9 353 9864
Head of Real Estate David 9 353 9978
Head of Tax Andrew 9 353 9950
Head of TMT Tom 9 353 9875
Head of Employment (Auckland) Gillian 9 353 9817
Head of Employment (Wellington) Megan 4 498 5023
Head of Intellectual Property Christopher 9 353 9910
Head of Environment Bianca 9 353 9784
Simon Akozu photo Simon AkozuPartner – Tax
Phillip Chrisp photo Phillip ChrispSenior Associate
Maria Collett-Bevan photo Maria Collett-BevanSenior Associate – Financial Services
Mark Crosbie photo Mark CrosbiePartner
Igor Drinkovic photo Igor DrinkovicSpecial Counsel
Nick Frith photo Nick FrithPartner
Steve Gallaugher photo Steve GallaugherDivision Leader and Partner
David Gilbert photo David GilbertPartner – Head of Real Estate
Sean Gollin photo Sean GollinPartner – Head of Restructuring and Insolvency
Simon Gray photo Simon GraySpecial Counsel
Jennifer Hambleton photo Jennifer HambletonPartner
Allison Hancock photo Allison HancockSenior Associate
Andrew Horne photo Andrew HornePartner – Insurance
Lloyd Kavanagh photo Lloyd KavanaghPartner – Financial Services
Kate Lane photo Kate LanePartner
Michael Langdon photo Michael LangdonPartner
Aaron Lloyd photo Aaron LloydPartner
Tom Maasland photo Tom MaaslandPartner –  Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications
Neil Millar photo Neil MillarPartner and Head of Corporate (Auckland)
Andrew Monteith photo Andrew MonteithPartner
Jeremy Muir photo Jeremy MuirPartner – Financial Services, Head of the Banking and Financial Services Division
Jordan Oldham photo Jordan OldhamSenior Associate
Ross Patterson photo Ross PattersonPartner – Head of Competition
Ross Pickmere photo Ross PickmereConsultant
Stephen Price photo Stephen PricePartner
Cathy Quinn photo Cathy QuinnConsultant
Cathy Quinn ONZM photo Cathy Quinn ONZMConsultant – Corporate
Andrew Ryan photo Andrew RyanPartner – Head of Tax
Sarah Salmond photo Sarah SalmondPartner
Gillian Service photo Gillian ServicePartner – Head of Employment (Auckland) and Co-Head of Litigation and Dispute…
Sarah Sinclair photo Sarah SinclairPartner, Chair of the MinterEllisonRuddWatts board
Jane Standage photo Jane StandagePartner
Janine Stewart photo Janine StewartPartner, Co-Head of Construction and Infrastructure
Mark Stuart photo Mark StuartPartner – Corporate
Scott Thompson photo Scott ThompsonPartner
Travis Tomlinson photo Travis TomlinsonPartner, Co-Head of Construction and Infrastructure
Emma Warden photo Emma WardenSpecial Counsel – Employment
Richard Wells photo Richard WellsPartner
Christopher Young photo Christopher YoungPartner – Intellectual Property
Christopher Young photo Christopher YoungPartner – Intellectual Property
Partners : 47
Other legal staff : 182
Business service staff : 117
World Services Group (WSG)
International Bar Association (IBA)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of NZ
Institute of Financial Professionals New Zealand (INFINZ)
Society of Construction Law
Banking and Financial Services Law Association (BFSLA)
Institute of Directors
Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association