Partner, Wellington

Steve Nightingale

Steve Nightingale Wellington


Steve specialises in corporate law and has over 20 years' experience.

Steve has broad experience in M&A, takeovers, capital raising, joint ventures, limited partnerships, employee equity / incentives, and complex commercial contracts.  He is also an expert in emissions trading.

His clients include listed companies, large unlisted businesses, high growth tech companies and public sector entities.

Steve has completed executive education courses in M&A and corporate finance at Melbourne Business School, and venture capital at University of California, Berkeley.

  • Recommended as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 and IFLR1000
  • Active angel investor and member of Angel HQ
  • Member of the New Zealand Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, and the Institute of Directors

Work highlights

Advised Infratil and Brookfield

on their $3.4b deal to acquire Vodafone NZ

Advised on establishment of DrylandCarbon fund

Advised investment banking firm Lewis Tucker on setting up the fund and investments from Air New Zealand, Contact Energy, Genesis Energy and Z  Energy


Advised Contact Energy

on its investment in Simply Energy

Advised Infratil

on its takeover offer (with Mercury) for Tilt Renewables

Advisor on venture capital funding rounds

including for Mobi2Go, Predict HQ, Timely and Spotlight Reporting 

Advised Alceon

on its acquisition of Ezibuy


Alternate contacts

Rupert Rouch

Rupert Rouch

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Sarah McEwan

Sarah McEwan

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Nick Bragg

Nick Bragg

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