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Barry BrownBarry Brown

Barry Brown

Barry Brown


M:+64 27 446 3388

T:+ 64 9 357 9255


F:+64 9 357 9099



LLB (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington


1974, New Zealand


Barry is a consultant in our corporate & commercial team focusing on mergers and acquisitions and on securities law.

Barry advises New Zealand and multi-national clients on mergers & acquisitions, corporate and securities law and general business strategies. Barry has advised on most of New Zealand's biggest deals in the last 25 years. Barry practices from our Auckland and Wellington offices.

His experience includes advising the New Zealand Government on the sales of Spark (formerly Telecom) and Bank of New Zealand and on the recapitalisation of Air New Zealand; Lloyds TSB Bank on the £2.25 billion sale of National Bank; Independent Newspapers on the NZ$1.19 billion sale of its publishing business to the Fairfax Group; International Paper on the NZ$1.6 billion sale of its Carter Holt Harvey interest; and Shell on its downstream business divestment.

Barry is recommended as a leading lawyer in corporate & commercial and mergers & acquisitions by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and a leading lawyer in capital markets by Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading M&A Lawyers, and Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers.

Barry is a member of the New Zealand Racing Board and the Auditor Regulation Advisory Group of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is a Committee member of the Royal Wellington Golf Club and a former member of the New Zealand Stock Exchange's Market Surveillance Panel.  He is also a former Chairman of Chapman Tripp's Board and a former Managing Partner of its Wellington office.

Recent experience

Barry's recent experience includes advising: 

  • Beijing General Aviation on its investment in Pacific Aerospace
  • Foodstuffs Wellington on its merger with Foodstuffs Auckland to form New Zealand's largest retail grocery operation

  • the New Zealand Government on its sell down of part of its stake in Air New Zealand

  • Shell on its NZ$700m divestment of its New Zealand refining, distribution and marketing business and also on its NZ$700m divestment of its cornerstone stake in Fulton Hogan, a leading infrastructure contractor, and

  • the merger parties on the merger of MARAC Finance, Canterbury Building Society and Southern Cross Building Society to form Heartland Bank.