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Corporate & Commercial

Our lawyers have a depth of knowledge developed from working across many industries and sectors, both in New Zealand and internationally, which is applied to deliver outstanding results to our corporate and business clients.

We work with a focus on building long-term relationships and providing strategic advice to create and grow value for our clients. Our team also provide day-to-day support to in-house lawyers, giving our clients access to specialists while retaining in-house resource.

We act on the most significant transactions for our clients bringing together our legal and commercial expertise. We act for clients in regulated sectors such as dairy, electricity, telecommunications and local government and understand the impact of regulation on their businesses.

As a trusted advisor, our clients have access to the best advice, guidance and insight whether we are acting as a sounding board, reviewing documents or proposals, negotiating and preparing commercial contracts or acting on our clients’ most difficult or high profile transactions.

Our approach utilises the skills, experience and expertise across the breadth of Tompkins Wake ensuring our clients have access to the best lawyers for the task.

Recognition of our Corporate and Commercial expertise:

"Excellent service, advice and value for money; its super team gives clients total confidence"

"The firm develops ‘well-balanced, open, honest and value-add relationships with clients."

The Legal 500, Asia Pacific 2018, Corporate and M&A - Tier 3

Sectors:

Our work spans the New Zealand business landscape with particular focus on:

  • Agribusiness, Farming and Forestry
  • Food and Beverage
  • Hospitality
  • Entertainment and Venues
  • Energy and Infrastructure
  • Telecommunications
  • Human and Animal Health
  • Life sciences and biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Primary production and food processing
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Mining and Exploration
  • Aviation
  • Not for Profit and Charities
  • Information Technology

Areas of expertise:

  • Acquisition finance
  • Advertising and Consumer Law
  • Agribusiness Transactions
  • Anti Bribery and Corruption Law
  • Banking and Finance
  • Biotechnology
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Competition and Regulation
  • Compliance
  • Construction Contracts
  • Corporate Advisory
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Structuring/Restructuring
  • Crisis Management
  • Cross Border Transactions
  • Dairy Industry
  • Drone Law
  • Due Diligence
  • E-Commerce
  • Electricity Industry
  • Emissions Trading Scheme
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP)
  • Financial Markets Conduct Act
  • Franchising
  • Inbound Investment
  • Information Technology
  • Infrastructure and Projects
  • Joint Ventures
  • Life Sciences
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • NZX Listing Advice
  • Overseas Investment
  • Ownership Structures
  • Privacy Act
  • Private Equity
  • Regulatory Compliance and Constraints
  • Securities - Private Issues
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Takeovers
  • Technology Commercialisation
  • Telecommunications
  • Medical and Health
  • Cybersecurity Law
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Data Privacy Law

Corporate & Commercial team

Bryce Davey

Partner

Kerri Dewe

Partner

Mark Renner

Partner

Michael Shanahan

Partner

Philip Monahan

Partner

Phil Taylor

Partner

Scott Ratuki

Partner

Shelley Slade-Gully

Partner

Tom Arieli

Partner

Dr. Edward Willis

Consultant

Mark Lowndes

Special Counsel

Robert Bycroft

Special Counsel

Ben Palmer

Senior Associate

Gina Woodfield

Senior Associate

Juliet Short

Senior Associate

Tina Liu

Senior Associate

Cheri-Lee Atkinson

Associate

Fiona Ashby

Associate

Kate James

Associate

Reuben Payne

Associate

Misty Taoho

Senior Solicitor

Samantha Lee

Senior Solicitor

Ash Hebden

Solicitor

Grace Walker

Solicitor

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