Firm Profile > Mayne Wetherell > Auckland, New Zealand

Mayne Wetherell
New Zealand

Banking and finance Tier 1

Mayne Wetherell in Auckland has 'expert staff well informed of market trends and therefore able to advise appropriately', as well as a finance practice described as 'agile, flexible and responsive to clients needs'. Acting on high value, novel and complex deals across the capital spectrum, the firm is on the panels of the major banks in New Zealand, as well as acting as a key adviser to large corporates. Will Tipping, who has particular expertise in acquisition financing and special situations, leads the four-partner practice. Corporate and capital markets partner Dave Wetherell, securitisation and DCM specialist Mei Nah, and the highly experienced Daniel Meikle, are all considered leaders in their fields. Special counsel Cameron Peachey is also recommended.

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‘Expert staff, well informed of market trends and, therefore, able to advise appropriately. Agile, flexible and responsive to clients needs. This maybe one of the reason they are so competitive.’

‘My principle dealings are with Mei Nah. She is very responsive to our needs. Highly knowledgeable and experienced, particularly with our offshore funding and banking transactions. She has a very good understanding of the challenges faced by our organisation and, therefore, can respond effectively and appropriately.’

‘Daniel Meikle and Michael Pritchard are excellent and trusted advisors not only to our New Zealand operation, but also our parent company’s corporate counsel and financing team. I find both Daniel and Michael can immediately provide pointed advice when we start to evaluate new financing or M&A activities, and they both understand the key conditions of the our SFA as well as the parent company indenture.’

Key clients

Auckland Council

Two Degrees

Goldman Sachs

Merricks Capital

Alvarium Investments

Deutsche Bank

Transpower New Zealand Limited

Westpac New Zealand Limited


Avanti Finance Limited

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Mayne Wetherell is a 'lean machine - a nimble practice able to pivot to where the action is', according to one market source. The Auckland-based firm is small and focused on the key areas of finance, corporate law and restructuring but it frequently handles complex and high-value public and private M&A transactions for a diverse mix of domestic and international clients. It particularly stands out for its work on listed company takeovers, cross-border and offshore transactions, distressed assets, industry consolidations and major divestments, often on behalf of  offshore capital providers. Michael Pritchard and Matthew Olsen oversee the three-partner practice, in which capital markets and securities specialist Simon Horner also plays a pivotal role.

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‘A lean machine. A nimble practice able to pivot to where the action is.’

Key clients

Macquarie Principal Finance

Deutsche Bank AG, Sydney Branch

Universal Robina Corporation


Avanti Finance

Alvarium Investments (NZ) Limited

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Mayne Wetherell in Auckland is regarded as one of New Zealands leading banking and finance firms, which puts it in prime position to handle high-value, novel and complex deals across the capital spectrum. This also brings high-profile insolvency and restructuring matters to its six-partner team, led by acquisition financing and special situations expert Will Tipping. With a track record of work in numerous major restructuring transactions in New Zealand since the global financial crisis, the firm is often the preferred counsel for banks.

Practice head(s):

The firm: Mayne Wetherell was founded on 1 April 2004 by a number of top New Zealand legal practitioners, who collectively recognised a need in the New Zealand market for a premium, specialised corporate and finance law firm. Currently, Mayne Wetherell has 25 qualified lawyers who practice across banking and finance, corporate and commercial and restructuring and insolvency.

Areas of practice: Mayne Wetherell is one of the premier specialist corporate and finance legal practices in New Zealand. The firm is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading banking and finance firms, particularly in the fields of capital markets, structured finance and securitisation, leveraged/acquisition finance and syndicated and bilateral financing. In addition, the firm’s corporate/M&A team specialises in advising on significant transactions, with a particular focus on domestic and cross-border M&A. As part of this transactional focus the team has particular expertise in providing advice on inbound investment and overseas investment office approvals. Although we have advised on transactions in all sectors of the economy, the FMCG and financial services sectors have been a significant part of the firm’s M&A practice in recent years. Mayne Wetherell has also played key roles in restructures and transactions that are of significant value or strategic importance for major clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Will Tipping
Banking and finance Daniel Meikle
Capital markets and securities offerings Dave Wetherell
Capital markets and securities offerings Mei Nah
Corporate and commercial Michael Harrod
Corporate and commercial Matthew Olsen
Corporate and commercial Michael Pritchard
Financial services and regulation Mei Nah
Financial services and regulation Daniel Meikle
Foreign investment Dave Wetherell
Foreign investment Michael Harrod
Foreign investment Matthew Olsen
Funds management Simon Horner
Funds management Mei Nah
Infrastructure and project finance Will Tipping
Infrastructure and project finance Daniel Meikle
Mergers and acquisitions Michael Harrod
Mergers and acquisitions Matthew Olsen
Mergers and acquisitions Michael Pritchard
Private equity Michael Harrod
Private equity Will Tipping
Private equity Michael Pritchard
Restructuring and insolvency Will Tipping
Restructuring and insolvency Daniel Meikle
Securitisation and structured finance Dave Wetherell
Securitisation and structured finance Mei Nah
Number of lawyers : 25
Contacts : Dave Wetherell (partner)
Contacts : Michael Harrod (partner)
Contacts : Simon Horner (partner)
Contacts : Will Tipping (partner)
Contacts : Mei Nah (partner)
Contacts : Daniel Meikle (partner)
Contacts : Matthew Olsen (partner)
Contacts : Michael Pritchard (partner)