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Phil Taylor

Qualifications : BCom, LLB, University of Otago, G Cert App Fin, FINSIA.

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Phil is a corporate and commercial lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience. Phil provides clear, knowledgeable, and strategic advice to clients, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and complex corporate transactions. He has a high level of commercial and strategic acumen and constantly seeks innovative ways to deliver value to his clients. Phil’s experience gives him an international perspective and he works with start-ups and growing businesses to get them investment ready and take New Zealand innovation to the world.

Phil joined Tompkins Wake as a partner in 2006, he has international experience working for Australian law firm Gilbert + Tobin, and with Fonterra where he participated in international dealings on a daily basis including the establishment of a $250m joint venture in China.

Phil has been noted as a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 for Asia Pacific.

Areas of expertise

  • Commercial Contracts
  • Competition and Regulation
  • Construction Contracts
  • Corporate Advisory
  • Corporate Governance
  • Dairy Industry
  • Energy Sector - Oil, Gas, Electricity
  • Joint Ventures
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Securities - Private Issues
  • Telecommunications
  • International Trade

Other Credentials

  • Chairman of the Board at Sport Waikato
  • Immediate past chairman, Tompkins Wake Board of Partners
  • Finalist for Consumer, Tech and Media Deal of the Year, New Zealand Law Awards 2017
  • Finalist for Mid-Market Deal of the Year, New Zealand Law Awards 2018
  • Recommended Lawyer, Corporate and M&A in The Legal 500 for Asia Pacific 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021


Phil has acted for and advised:

  • NZX-listed AFFCO on the $180 million takeover by Talley Group
  • WEL Networks on the $189 million buyout of Waikato Networks from Crown Fibre Holdings with Mark Renner
  • Maisey Group on the sale of Instrument Supplies to Riverside Private Equity (sum undisclosed)
  • Prolife Foods on the acquisition of Haddrells (sum undisclosed)
  • Open Country Cheese Company on the $104 million takeover by Dairy Trust
  • Gallagher Group on the acquisition of Australian-based Country Electronics (sum undisclosed)
  • Alpine Energy, Counties Power and WEL Networks on the establishment of the Smartco smart meter joint venture
  • WEL Networks on the sale of the Te Uku Wind Farm to Meridian Energy
  • DEC International on the sale of Dairy Automation to Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) (sum undisclosed)
  • Holdfast NZ on its sale to Soudal
  • Thermo Regulatory Genetics on its start-up capital raise
  • Company-X on its acquisition of Pepper Creative

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