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Asia-Pacific Guide 2023
New Zealand Corporate/Commercial
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Band 1

4 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by MinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ Corporate and Commercial team is one of the largest in New Zealand.

The multi-disciplinary commercial team combines specialist regulatory, competition and commercial lawyers. The Corporate and M&A team has a depth of experience at all levels and advises on some of the most complex transactions in the market. The team can also efficiently and effectively resource simpler transactions, so that clients know they are getting the best advice, irrespective of the size of the transaction.

Providing a personalised approach to clients from start-up New Zealand companies to multinational businesses, the team offers innovative and commercial solutions whether it’s working on a strategic transaction or a day-to-day business matter.

The team acts on several international transactions, and is well placed to manage simultaneous work streams across multiple firms and locations.

  • Advised Peters Ice Cream on its $385m acquisition of Tip Top from Fonterra
  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management on its shareholding arrangements in relation to the acquisition of Vodafone New Zealand for $3.4 billion
  • Advised Cin7 on the sale of the business to Rubicon Technology Partners
  • Advised MediaWorks on the merger of MediaWorks with outdoor advertising business QMS, to form a $300m plus multi-platform media business
  • Advised Next Capital on all aspects of its 100% acquisition of the NZ Bus group of companies
  • Advised Youi on the sale of its NZ insurance portfolio to Tower

Chambers Review

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Corporate/Commercial - New Zealand
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Band 1
What the team is known for

MinterEllisonRuddWatts' well-established practice offers broad capabilities across a range of M&A, joint ventures, corporate governance and ECM transactions. Its corporate team is engaged on complex matters for significant domestic and international clients, and has an established reputation advising private equity clients on acquisitions and disposals. Its experience spans multiple industry sectors, including food and beverages, manufacturing and mining. Its key clients include Macquarie Group, Tourism Holdings and Refining NZ.

Work Highlights

Provided by MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts acted for Macquarie on its acquisition of AMP Capital's global equity and fixed income business for approximately AUD185 million.

Notable Practitioners

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Cathy Quinn
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Senior Statespeople

Cathy Quinn is a deeply experienced practitioner, noted not only for her stewardship of numerous major M&A transactions, but also as an adviser to key government agencies on corporate and commercial, capital markets and securities-related issues. Now acting as a consultant in the firm's Auckland office, she continues to advise on aspects of the team's more complex mandates.

"Cathy is an outstanding lawyer."

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Mark Forman
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Band 2

Mark Forman is based in Auckland and frequently acts as an adviser to financial services providers, private equity houses and listed companies in relation to corporate transactions.

"Mark is very proactive, commercial and solutions-driven."

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Neil Millar
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Band 2

Neil Millar operates across a broad corporate and commercial spectrum but is particularly well known for assisting private equity clients in relation to their acquisitions. He is based in Auckland.

"He provides excellent service and response to us, is commercially driven and at the forefront of what's going on."

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Mark Stuart
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Band 4

Mark Stuart acts extensively in relation to corporate acquisitions and disposals, as well as offering noted experience in capital raisings. He is based in Auckland.

"Mark is a trusted adviser for our organisation and provides a strong challenge, along with sound guidance."

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Cathy Quinn
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Mark Forman
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Neil Millar
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Band 2
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Mark Stuart
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Band 4

Members

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Cameron Taylor

John Conlan

Rodney Craig

Head of Department

Sarah Salmond

Silvana Schenone

Head of Department

Tom Maasland

Clients

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AMP Capital

Cin7

MMC Group

Next Capital

Refining New Zealand

Taharoa

Tourism Holdings

Westpac

Z Energy