Partner, Wellington

Steve Nightingale

Steve Nightingale


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 IFLR1000
  • Member of Angel HQ and an early stage company investor
  • Member of New Zealand Private Capital Association and Institute of Directors

Work highlights

Advising Infratil

in relation to its initial takeover offer for Tilt Renewables, and subsequent sale of its majority shareholding in Tilt Renewables which was undertaken by way of a NZ$3.24b scheme of arrangement

Advisor on venture capital fund raises

including for IMAGR, Mobi2Go, Predict HQ, Timely and Spotlight Reporting

Advised Infratil and Brookfield

on their $3.4b acquisition of Vodafone NZ

Advised Contact Energy

on its acquisitions of Simply Energy, Western Energy Services and energyclubnz

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 Infratil

on the $75m equity commitment (with WCC) to Wellington International Airport

Alternate contacts

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


Renee Stiles

Partner, Wellington

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

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


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