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Campbell Izzard

Campbell Izzard


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Qualifications : LLB, Victoria University of Wellington, MIL, University of Sydney.


Campbell’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, disposals, foreign direct investments and Asia-wide projects involving companies from New Zealand and Australia, as well as corporate, commercial and general advisory work.

Campbell speaks fluent Mandarin having spent 2 years at a language university in Beijing between 1995 and 1997, and holds an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington and Master of International Law from the University of Sydney. He continues to be admitted in both jurisdictions, New Zealand (2002) and New South Wales (2005).

Campbell worked in the M&A, capital markets and funds management team of Australian firm, Allens, for a number of years in their Sydney and Shanghai offices, and was a corporate counsel in Clifford Chance’s Shanghai office before returning to New Zealand in January 2017.

Upon returning to New Zealand, Campbell joined a commercial law firm in Auckland as Partner and was appointed as an advisor to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise on New Zealand - China-related investment. Campbell joined Tompkins Wake in 2019 and is a member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.

Areas of expertise

  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Advisory
  • Cross Border Transactions
  • Inbound Investment
  • Joint Ventures
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Overseas Investment
  • Private Equity
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • International Trade

Other Credentials

  • Recommended Lawyer, Corporate and M&A, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020


Beachhead Advisor, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

Campbell has spent over 10 years as a lawyer in China advising foreign companies on their China projects including approaches to market entry, exit strategies, negotiation of joint ventures, reviewing existing business footprints, M&A projects and navigating regulatory requirements.

Prior to commencing his career in China in 2003, Campbell spent 2 years in Beijing in the mid-1990's studying Mandarin which the catalyst for his career in China, allowing him to practice in both languages. Campbell also spent 3 years in Sydney with Australian firm, Allens Arthur Robinson from 2005 – 2008, in their commercial department advising on M&A, capital markets and funds management projects.


Advisory areas

China market entry models, joint venture and shareholder arrangements, commercial partnering and collaborations, acquisition and trade sales, corporate structuring, resolution of shareholder disputes, business model feasibility assessment and as a general sounding for China-related business models.


Sector experience

Health, Biotech, Food and Beverage



Campbell has experience working in mainland China, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia.



Sector Knowledge