Venture capital


We understand the commercial issues and challenges faced by growing businesses, as well as the needs of venture capital firms and other funding providers.

We have extensive experience and involvement with companies operating in a startup or growth phase.  We recognise the importance of getting the job done and can assist any growing business to choose effective development paths and achieve its goals.

Our team acts for venture capital funds, 'startup' and growing businesses, multinational corporations, and private and public New Zealand companies.  We advise clients on private and public funding, taking startup ventures through to trade sales or initial public offerings (including multi-jurisdictional offerings and listings on the NZX, the ASX and NASDAQ), management of interactions among investor groups and classes of investors, and exit strategies (including sale, merger and public offerings).

Work highlights

Acting for Pencarrow Private Equity

on its acquisition of the Digiweb group of companies and Digiweb's simultaneous acquisition of the Web Drive and Arrenway companies

Advising Pencarrow Private Equity

on its investment in Aranz Geo

Advising key members of the management team of Atlantis Healthcare Group

on its NZ$20m capital raising from UK-based White Cloud Capital

Advising software company Esphion and its shareholders No 8 Ventures and TMT Ventures

on the sale of its business to Allot Communications

Advising bacteria stabilisation company EnCoate and its shareholders Ballance Agri-Nutrients and AgResearch

on an investment by BioPacific Ventures

Acting for New Zealand Seed Fund

on its investments in EndocrinZ and Esphion

Our team

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


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


Renee Stiles

Partner, Wellington

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

  • DDI +64 4 498 7308
  • M +64 21 722 990


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