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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.   

Client feedback:

  • "Exceptional commercial advice when negotiating with clients and bankers. Always available to meet." - Client feedback, The Legal 500, Corporate and M&A, Asia Pacific 2024
  • "They are very practical and pragmatic – essential in M&A work. Also have depth and skillset for more technical corporate work. The firm and people in it are very experienced with cross border transactions and are active and connected throughout the region." - Client feedback, The Legal 500, Corporate and M&A, Asia Pacific 2024
  • "The entire team (both lawyers and support staff) are personable, commercial, responsive and practical. They are willing to collaborate and become part of the client’s (and the referring lawyer’s) team. They are technically astute, but also adapt their approach (including communication style) to meet the client’s needs." - Client feedback, The Legal 500, Corporate and M&A, Asia Pacific 2024
  • "TW has a variety of experts who we have tapped to provide assistance in many different fields from property, immigration, acquisitions and disputes. Every matter is assigned to someone who is qualified and experienced in that field and we have been pleased with the outcomes. TW has introduced a cloud-based file management system for tracking the various property leases we deal with." - Client feedback, The Legal 500, Corporate and M&A, Asia Pacific 2022

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

Scott Ratuki

Chair and Partner

Bryce Davey

Partner

Jason Bywater-Lutman

Partner

Kerri Dewe

Partner

Marcus Wilkins

Partner

Mark Renner

Partner

Michael Shanahan

Partner

Philip Monahan

Partner

Phil Taylor

Partner

Shelley Slade-Gully

Partner

Tina Liu

Partner

Tom Arieli

Partner

Tom Elvin

Partner

Tom Price

Partner

Ben Palmer

Special Counsel

Ben Skelton

Special Counsel

Mark Lowndes

Special Counsel

Robert Bycroft

Special Counsel

Evan Turbott

Consultant

Dr. Edward Willis

Consultant

Fiona Ashby

Senior Associate

Luke Bowers

Senior Associate

Tabs Rauf

Senior Associate

Alex Rankin

Associate

Gaanesh Seger

Associate

Joseph Bracewell

Associate

Mahitha Kumar

Senior Solicitor

Ronald Chee

Senior Solicitor

Simone Goldstone

Senior Solicitor

Amelia Race

Solicitor

Krishy Gill

Solicitor

Bradley Taylor

Law Clerk

Samantha Gregory

Law Clerk

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