Ms Rachel Taylor > DLA Piper New Zealand > Wellington, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper New Zealand
CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS HOUSE, LEVEL 5
50-64 CUSTOMHOUSE QUAY
WELLINGTON 6011
New Zealand

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New Zealand > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Rachel TaylorDLA Piper New Zealand

DLA Piper New Zealand’s ‘strong corporate practice’ counts multinational and listed companies, private equity funds, government entities and financial institutions among its key roster of clients, handling large-scale M&A transactions across the technology, primary, and energy sectors. Martin Thomson, who acts for domestic and offshore clients on cross-border M&A and venture capital transactions, jointly leads the practice alongside Wellington-based Rachel Taylor, who advises listed companies, insurers, trustees, Crown entities and other corporates. Martin Wiseman‘s recent highlights include acting for Wētā FX Limited, as well as shareholders Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju, on the US$1.625bn sale of its VFX Tech Division to Unity, while Reuben Woods is praised as a ‘top tier lawyer in the corporate space, especially private M&A and technology-related transactions’. Other key members of the team include senior associates Pavanie Edirisuriya and Aoife O’Gorman. All named practitioners are based in the Auckland office, unless stated otherwise.

New Zealand > Insurance

Wellington-based Rachel Taylor and Emma Moran jointly lead DLA Piper New Zealand’s insurance practice, following the departures of Caroline Laband, Peter Leman and Misha Heneghan to Wotton + Kearney in February 2022. Taylor provides ‘thoughtful and pragmatic commercial advice’ on non-contentious insurance matters, including regulatory compliance and IPSA, as well as the contract and consumer law aspects of selling insurance. Commercial litigator Moran advises client on a range of insurance claims, from professional liability and indemnity to healthcare and local government. The team counts AIG New Zealand, Tower Insurance and FMG, to name a few, among its key roster of clients.

New Zealand > Investment funds

(Leading individuals)

Rachel TaylorDLA Piper New Zealand

Praised for its ‘unrivalled depth of experience in investment funds’, DLA Piper New Zealand’s practice ‘is small enough where you will always receive a personal service, but large enough that additional expertise can be called upon when required’. Primarily based in Wellington, the team is jointly led by Alasdair McBeth, who is praised as ‘the kaumatua of New Zealand investment funds’, and Rachel Taylor. McBeth acts for managers and supervisors of investment funds on regulatory compliance matters, as well as specialising in innovative investment products, start-ups and strategic issues, while Taylor advises on the design of managed investment schemes. Other key members of the team include senior associates Neisha Mistry, who is noted for her expertise in workplace savings schemes, and ‘extremely brightTom Barnes.