Simpson Grierson

Corporate/Commercial Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Strong department handling the full range of corporate matters on behalf of leading international and domestic companies. Houses a substantial offering of IPO, M&A, private equity and corporate restructuring knowledge, with experience in high-profile transactions across a wide range of industries. Often instructed by prominent funds, private equity firms and international corporates on inbound investment into New Zealand.

Foreign desks A well-regarded group of practitioners offering advice on a wide range of matters. Regularly represents international businesses with Asia-Pacific regional interests in a number of high-profile M&A and investment transactions involving the Pacific Islands. Also provides commercial dispute resolution expertise on trusts, insolvency, environmental law matters as well as regulatory investigations in Samoa and the Cook Islands. Auckland-based Ben Upton is a key contact.

Notable practitioners

Up-and-coming practitioner Andrew Matthews receives praise for his handling of takeovers, disposals, acquisitions and restructuring mandates. "He's great; we've thrown him a few curveballs, but he's very tolerant and patient," reports a client.

James Hawes is a respected up-and-coming partner who offers wide-ranging expertise across the spectrum of corporate law. He frequently handles private M&A and private equity transactions, as well as advising on takeovers and capital raisings.

Michael Pollard leads the firm's corporate and commercial group and is described by one source as an "excellent and very helpful" practitioner. He handles a range of domestic and cross-border M&A deals and also advises on the restructuring of investments and transactions.