Expertise

Corporate and commercial

Buddle Findlay provides strategic and pragmatic legal advice on New Zealand’s largest and most complex domestic and cross-border transactions - providing solutions that suit the size, complexity and structure of client organisations.

Overview

We advise on the full range of corporate transactions and commercial issues, and assist clients from all major sectors of the economy, including national and multi-national corporations, private equity funds, listed issuers, major banks, insurance companies, financial institutions, state-owned enterprises, government departments, and local and statutory authorities.

Our team has a reputation for being pragmatic and focused on our clients’ commercial objectives and how these can be most effectively achieved.

We have the expertise and experience required to deal with specialist businesses and issues, and to provide user-friendly advice and commercially focused solutions.

  • Tier 1, Corporate and M&A - Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Ranked "Outstanding", Corporate/M&A - Asialaw Profiles
  • M&A Deal of the Year - 2015 New Zealand Law Awards


Work highlights

Advising Newell Brands

on its acquisition of Sistema

Advising Chevron

on the 2015 sale of Chevron New Zealand to Z Energy, and on the sale of Chevron's shareholding in The New Zealand Refining Company

Advising GE

on the sale of GE Capital's New Zealand business

Advising Lyttelton Port Company

on the full takeover by CCHL

Advising NZX

on the acquisition of Superlife

Advising Innovation Network Corporation of Japan

on its consortium with Oji Holdings to acquire the Carter Holt Harvey pulp, paper and packaging business for NZ$1b

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Our team

Alastair Hercus

Alastair Hercus

Partner, Wellington
Board of Management

Alastair specialises in public and commercial law. He advises clients on legislative design, decision-making by statutory bodies...

  • DDI +64 4 498 7318
  • M +64 21 449 993

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Allan Yeoman

Allan Yeoman

Partner, Auckland

Allan specialises in providing transactional and contracting advice in the technology and media sectors. He works with a range of IT...

  • DDI +64 9 363 1029
  • M +64 21 766 312

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Amy Ryburn

Amy Ryburn

Partner, Wellington

Amy specialises in commercial contracting and procurement, in particular in relation to technology, media and telecommunications...

  • DDI +64 4 462 0904
  • M +64 21 242 5889

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David Thomson

David Thomson

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

David specialises in corporate and commercial law.  His broad practice includes business acquisitions and divestments, joint ventures a...

  • DDI +64 9 363 0750
  • M +64 21 668 593

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Frank Porter

Frank Porter

Partner, Auckland

Frank specialises in aviation, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), banking, project finance and procurement. Frank advises local and...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7016
  • M +64 21 635 646

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Grant Dunn

Grant Dunn

Partner, Auckland

Grant specialises in corporate and commercial law and has over 20 years experience. He previously spent six years with the London...

  • DDI +64 9 363 0636
  • M +64 21 888 812

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Jan Etwell

Jan Etwell

Partner, Christchurch

Jan specialises in banking and finance, commercial and company law. Her experience includes acting as instructing solicitor...

  • DDI +64 3 371 3514
  • M +64 21 655 604

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John Buchan

John Buchan

Partner, Christchurch
Board of Management

John specialises in corporate and commercial law and in particular, commercial property. He acts on a wide range of transactions...

  • DDI +64 3 371 3504
  • M +64 21 900 124

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Lisette Hood

Lisette Hood

Partner, Auckland

Lisette specialises in corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on commercial contracting, corporate legal advice to...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7037
  • M +64 27 220 5123

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Mark Odlin

Mark Odlin

Partner, Christchurch

Mark specialises in corporate and commercial law and advises on a range of financial, commercial and corporate law matters, including...

  • DDI +64 3 371 3525
  • M +64 21 753 769

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Nick Bragg

Nick Bragg

Partner, Auckland

Nick specialises in corporate and commercial law with considerable experience across a broad range of mergers and acquisitions...

  • DDI +64 9 363 0769
  • M +64 21 818 142

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Philip Wood

Philip Wood

Partner, Auckland

Philip specialises in providing commercial, IT, telecommunication, media and television/film sector advice including strategic advice...

  • DDI +64 9 357 9385
  • M +64 21 624 356

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Simon Jensen

Simon Jensen

Partner, Wellington

Simon specialises in financial sector regulation, payments and clearing systems, and projects and advice for financial institutions...

  • DDI +64 4 462 0459
  • M +64 274 476 412

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Simon Vodanovich

Simon Vodanovich

Partner, Auckland

Simon specialises in corporate, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and the laws relating to financial markets conduct. He advises on...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7032
  • M +64 21 612 810

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Stephen Whittington

Stephen Whittington

Partner, Wellington

Stephen specialises in negotiation and documentation of commercial property transactions, development and construction advice...

  • DDI +64 4 498 7329
  • M +64 21 845 530

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Steve Nightingale

Steve Nightingale

Partner, Wellington

Steve specialises in corporate law including capital raising, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, limited partnerships...

  • DDI +64 4 498 7312
  • M +64 27 668 2832

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Tony Wilkinson

Tony Wilkinson

Partner, Auckland

Tony has a highly regarded practice acting for public and private sector clients. He is the lead tax advisor for Buddle Findlay’s most...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7066
  • M +64 27 476 6587

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