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Geof ShirtcliffeGeof Shirtcliffe

Geof Shirtcliffe

Geof Shirtcliffe


M:+64 27 481 1699

T:+64 4 498 6322


F:+64 4 472 7111



BA (1st Class Hons), LLB (1st Class Hons), Victoria University of Wellington MA (Distinction), Birkbeck College, University of London


1992, New Zealand


Geof specialises in corporate and securities law, including corporate transactions, capital raising, listed company advice, corporate governance, takeovers and general company law.

Geof has acted for numerous public and private sector companies on takeovers, acquisitions, divestments, private equity investments, joint ventures and other commercial arrangements.  He has also advised public sector bodies including the Takeovers Panel, several New Zealand government departments, and the governments of Kenya and Fiji on transactional and law reform matters.

Geof is a past president of the Law and Economics Association of New Zealand. He is Honorary Solicitor to the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and is on the boards of Wellesley College and the Orpheus Choir. For two years Geof taught the Business Associations course at Victoria University of Wellington. He regularly comments on corporate and securities law.

Geof is recognised as a leading lawyer by legal directories Chambers Global 2016 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2016.

He is highly recommended by clients for his “great attention to detail, technical prowess and commercial knowledge.” Chambers Global 2013.

Recent experience

Geof's experience includes acting for/on:

  • ikeGPS on its IPO and NZX Main Board listing
  • Infratil, the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and
    Z Energy on the $840m initial public offer and associated listing on the NZX Main Board and ASX of Z Energy
  • Godfrey Hirst on the acquisition of the business of Summit Woolspinners
  • Resimac on the acquisition of its New Zealand mortgage securitisation business
  • Foodstuffs Wellington on aspects of its recent merger with Foodstuffs Auckland to create one of New Zealand’s biggest companies
  • iPredict Limited, New Zealand’s only real money on-line predictions market, on its establishment and ongoing regulatory approvals
  • Precinct Properties (previously AMP NZ Office) on a range of major corporate transactions including its corporatisation, the first conversion of a listed NZ unit trust to an externally-managed listed company
  • the New Zealand Treasury in relation to the retail deposit guarantee scheme and wholesale guarantee scheme
  • Shell on the novel staged buyback of its shares in Fulton Hogan (as part of the divestment of Shell’s downstream businesses)
  • a number of New Zealand and overseas government entities (including the Takeovers Panel, Treasury, the Debt Management Office, the Reserve Bank, the governments of Fiji and Kenya) on commercial and law reform matters, and
  • numerous other companies (including Spark (formerly Telecom), Chorus, Intel, PwC, First NZ Capital, PGG Wrightson, ANZ, NZ Post, UBS, The Todd Corporation and Kiwibank) on a variety of joint ventures, acquisitions, divestments, takeovers, securities offerings (public and private), corporate governance and related matters.