Mergers and acquisitions


As a leading New Zealand law firm, we deliver expert advice to local and international clients on large and complex domestic and cross-border transactions.  Our clients include listed issuers, private equity funds, private companies, banks and financial institutions and government agencies.

Our corporate lawyers have extensive experience advising on the full spectrum of corporate transactions. 

We deliver seamless transaction project management, drawing, as required, on specialist expertise from our experts in other teams including;  banking and finance, intellectual property, technology, real estate, competition, environmental, tax and employment.  Our highly regarded public law team provides invaluable input into transactions with regulatory, economic or political dimensions.

We facilitate transactions that achieve our client’s corporate and strategic objectives.  We do this by providing high quality legal input into transaction structuring, due diligence, negotiation, and documentation and completion processes in a proactive, efficient and timely manner, and with our client’s objectives always at front of mind.

  • 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 Kinetic

on its acquisition of Go-Bus

Advising Newell Brands

on its $660m 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 ASX listed Caltex Australia

on its $340m acquisition of fuel operator Gull

Advising Adamantem Capital

on its acquisition of retirement village and aged care operator Heritage Lifecare

Advising GE

on the sale of GE Capital's New Zealand business

Our team

Daniel Collins

Partner, Auckland

Daniel specialises in banking and finance and has extensive experience working in New Zealand, the Asia Pacific and the Middle East.…

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  • M +64 27 289 9371


David Thomson

Partner, Auckland

David specialises in corporate and commercial law with considerable experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, governance,…

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  • M +64 21 668 593


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…

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Lisette Hood

Partner, Auckland

Lisette specialises in corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on commercial contracting, corporate governance and merge…

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Mark Odlin

Partner, Christchurch
Board of Management

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

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Nick Bragg

Partner, Auckland

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

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  • M +64 21 818 142


Renee Stiles

Partner, Wellington

Renee is a member of our Wellington corporate and commercial team, specialising in information and communication technology, corporate …

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Sarah McEwan

Partner, Auckland

Sarah specialises in corporate and commercial law with a broad range of experience in capital markets and securities transactions, merg…

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  • M +64 21 453 506


Steve Nightingale

Partner, Wellington

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

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  • M +64 27 668 2832