Firm Profile > Mayne Wetherell > Auckland, New Zealand

Mayne Wetherell
New Zealand

Banking and finance Tier 1

Mayne Wetherell in Auckland is 'the top firm in banking and finance', according to one source. The firm is widely recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading banking and finance firms, particularly in capital markets, structured finance and securitisation, leveraged and acquisition finance, and syndicated and bilateral financing, both secured and unsecured. The practice, led by acquisition financing and special situations specialist Will Tipping, is on the legal panel of all major banks, and provides advice on all banking and finance activities to New Zealand’s largest company, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited. Standout partners Dave Wetherell, DCM and securitisation specialist Mei Nah and structured finance expert Daniel Meikle were joined by experienced special counsel Cameron Peachey from Meredith Connell.

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Key clients

Auckland Council

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited

Auckland International Airport Limited

Transpower New Zealand Limited

Bank of New Zealand

Westpac New Zealand Limited

ASB Bank Limited

Quadrant – QPE Investment Pty Ltd

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

Two Degrees Mobile Limited

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Mayne Wetherell in Auckland acts for a wide range of domestic and international clients in some of the most significant public and private M&A transactions in New Zealand. The broad scope of its work encompasses listed company takeovers, cross-border and offshore transactions, distressed assets, industry consolidation and major divestments. It has particular expertise in structuring and executing foreign direct investment into New Zealand, including advising on all aspects of the Overseas Investment Act - New Zealand’s foreign investment consenting regime. Matthew Olsen, who  regularly advises client such as KKR and Goldman Sachs (Australia), and Michael Pritchard lead the practice. Michael Harrod left the partnership but now acts as a consultant.

Key clients


Avanti Finance

Wraith Capital

Oceanwood Capital

Toyota Finance



Goldman Sachs

The Warehouse Group


Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Mayne Wetherell in Auckland is a specialist corporate, finance and restructuring firm that has built up an impressive track record. Since the global financial crisis, the firm has led or played a central role in all of the major restructuring transactions in New Zealand. Rather than focusing on a high volume of matters, it concentrates on the high-value and complex matters that are of strategic importance to its bank or corporate clients. Among those clients are Bank of New Zealand, Westpac New Zealand Limited, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Goldman Sachs and Windsor Engineering Group. Will Tipping is the lead partner for restructuring and insolvency matters, and he has a particular focus on acquisition financing and special situations.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Bank of New Zealand

Westpac New Zealand Limited


Sankaty Advisers L.L.C.

Goldman Sachs

J P Morgan

The Royal Bank of Scotland, plc


Windsor Engineering Group

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)