Special Counsel, Wellington

Renee Stiles



Renee is a member of our Wellington corporate and commercial team, specialising in information and communication technology, corporate transactions and regulatory compliance, payments, procurement and outsourcing in the financial sector.

Renee has over 10 years TMT experience, including drafting, and negotiating large scale and complex ICT and outsourcing contracts for both public sector and private clients.  She is also highly experienced in e-commerce, data licensing, data protection and privacy, intellectual property commercialisation and general corporate and commercial law. 

Renee is also an experienced provider of legal advice in respect of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and drafting and negotiation of complex commercial contracts.

In addition, Renee has significant experience advising financial institutions, fintechs and corporates, including in relation to the development of financial applications and payments products and on the outsourcing of systems and services.

Renee has experience in a range of industries including banking, telecommunications, transit, media, financial institutions, energy, government departments and aviation.  She has worked with large and small organisations to develop key contractual relationships, commercialise intellectual property and develop customer terms (including online and app terms).

Prior to joining Buddle Findlay in 2014 Renee spent eight years in the commercial advisory group, specialising in corporate and commercial law at another top tier commercial law firm in Wellington.

  • Recommended as a next generation partner by 'The Legal 500' 2020
  • Member of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals
  • Associate Chartered Accountant

Work highlights

Advised Infratil and Brookfield

on their $3.4b acquisition of Vodafone NZ

Acting for CFG

on a large forest portfolio acquisition (subject to regulatory approval)

Advised Infratil

on the sale of Snapper Services Limited

Advisor on venture capital funding rounds

including for IMAGR

Advising the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

on its transactional banking, foreign exchange, payment and card services procurement programme.  This was the first time in over 25 years that the government banking services had been put to tender.  This project involved working closely with MBIE's Financial Centre of expertise over a three year period from the very early stages of procurement through to execution of 15 contracts with six counterparties

Advising on the syndicated procurement

of national infrastructure platforms across multiple government common capability agreements, including infrastructure as a service, telecommunications as a service and IT managed services


Alternate contacts

Amy Ryburn

Amy Ryburn

Partner, Wellington

Amy specialises in commercial contracting and procurement, with a particular focus on technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), i…

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  • M +64 21 242 5889


Steve Nightingale

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