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Tim TubmanTim Tubman

Tim Tubman

Tim Tubman


M:+64 27 344 2178

T:+64 9 357 9076


F:+64 9 357 9099



BCom, LLB (Hons), University of Auckland


1999, New Zealand


Tim specialises in corporate and securities law with particular expertise in mergers & acquisitions and capital markets transactions.

Tim advises clients on buying, selling, and investing into businesses, takeovers, IPOs, securities law, limited partnerships, joint ventures and other corporate law issues.

He co-heads Chapman Tripp’s China Desk, advising Chinese and international clients on investment matters, including obtaining Overseas Investment Office approvals.  He is also a board member of the New Zealand Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (NZVCA).

Tim is recognised as a leading lawyer by independent legal directories Chambers Global 2016, Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 and IFLR1000 2016. He is also recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016.

Recent experience

Tim has advised:

  • Spark on the $106m sale of Telecom Rentals to Australian-owned FlexiGroup
  • First NZ Capital and Deutsche Craigs on the NZ$125m IPO and NZX Main Board listing of Orion Health
  • Arvida Group on all aspects of its 2014 NZ$80m IPO and NZX Main Board listing, in conjunction with an acquisition of 17 aged care facilities for scrip for a deal value of NZ$329m
  • Direct Capital and Scales Corporation on all aspects of its IPO and NZX Main Board listing of Scales Corporation
  • a Japanese consortium (Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed packaging company Oji Holdings Corp, and INCJ a Japanese corporate investor, sponsored by the Japanese government and private enterprise) on its 100% acquisition of Carter Holt Harvey’s pulp and paper and packaging businesses
  • Deutsche Craigs as underwriter of The Warehouse Group’s $100m institutional and habitual investor share placement, and $15m underwrite of its share purchase plan for New Zealand shareholders
  • Heartland New Zealand on its 2014 $20m capital raising, by way of a $15m placement and $5m share purchase plan, to partially fund the acquisition of Seniors Money International’s home equity release businesses in New Zealand and Australia from Quadrant Private Equity
  • Direct Capital on numerous investments and sales, including New Zealand King Salmon, Cavalier Wool Holdings, Triton Hearing, Express Logistics and Max Fashions
  • on the $2.2b Heartland Bank merger of MARAC Finance, CBS Canterbury and Southern Cross Building Society. The merger involved an IPO of 300 million shares, the transfer of approximately $1.7b of debt securities from three different issuers, the conversion of two building societies into companies and the implementation of a court approved scheme of arrangement
  • BayerAG on its acquisition of New Zealand's largest privately owned animal health company Bomac Group
  • South Canterbury Finance (in receivership) on the sales of its business, consumer and rural loan portfolios to Japanese investment bank Nomura, FACE Finance to GE Corporation, and its residual non cash assets (including loan assets, equity investments and property) to Crown Asset Management
  • Mighty River Power on its IPO as part of the Government’s Mixed Ownership Model programme
  • Summerset Group Holdings (issuer) and Quadrant Private Equity (promoter and selling shareholder) on the IPO and $300m NZX listing of Summerset Group Holdings Limited, at the time the largest New Zealand IPO in four years and the first under the new Securities Regulations
  • Heartland New Zealand on a fully underwritten $58m capital raising to fund the PGG Wrightson Finance acquisition, which was effected by way of private placements and a $35m share purchase plan
  • Mighty River Power on its joint venture with local iwi to develop a series of major geotherman power projects at Rotokawa, Nga Awa Purua and Nga Tamariki
  • Hawkins Group on its joint venture arrangements with Transfield Services in connection with the $170m Ahuroa underground gas storage project with Contact Energy and Origin Energy
  • Hawkins Group on its investment and participation arrangements in New Zealand’s first PPP project - the Hobsonville Schools PPP, and
  • Accident Compensation Corporation on its investment in the $840 million Wiri Prisons PPP.