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

Work highlights

Advising Infratil

on all legal aspects of its strategic reinvestment in One New Zealand's (formerly Vodafone New Zealand) passive mobile tower assets

Advising Nestlé Health Science

on its conditional transaction to acquire The Better Health Company (which includes the brands GO Healthy and Egmont Honey)

Advising Rabobank, as lender and sustainability coordinator

in relation to the upsizing of its green loan facility provided to the New Zealand Carbon Farming Group

Advising NZX

listed Good Spirits Hospitality on the acquisition of Nourish Group

Advising the shareholders of Vortex Leisure

on its sale to Jacuzzi Brands

Advising One New Zealand

(formerly Vodafone New Zealand) on its acquisition of a majority shareholding in specialist cyber security and resilience business DEFEND

Our team

David Thomson

Partner, Auckland

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

  • DDI +64 9 363 0750
  • 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…

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


Lisette Hood

Partner, Auckland

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

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


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…

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


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


Rupert Rouch

Partner, Wellington

Rupert specialises in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate advisory matters, including a particular focus on…

  • DDI +64 4 462 0939
  • M +64 21 662 159


Sarah McEwan

Partner, Auckland

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

  • DDI +64 9 363 0792
  • 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…

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