Barry Brown

Barry Brown

Barry Brown

Consultant, Auckland

Corporate & commercial

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T:+ 64 9 357 9255

M:+64 27 446 3388


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. He practices from our Auckland and Wellington offices.

Barry has advised on many of New Zealand's biggest deals in the last 25 years. Career highlights include advising the New Zealand Government on the sales of Telecom (now Spark) and the Bank of New Zealand (early 1990s), and on the recapitalisation of Air New Zealand (2001); Lloyds TSB Bank on the £2.25b sale of National Bank (2003); Independent Newspapers on the $1.19b sale of its publishing business to the Fairfax Group (2003); International Paper on the $1.6b sale of its Carter Holt Harvey interest (2005); and Shell on the sale of its New Zealand downstream assets (2010).

Barry is recommended as a leading lawyer in corporate & commercial and mergers & acquisitions by Chambers Global 2018, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, IFLR 1000, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and a leading lawyer in capital markets by IFLR 1000, 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 Audit Oversight Committee of the New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority 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. Barry is Captain of the Royal Wellington Golf Club.

Recent experience

Barry has advised:

  • Wilmar International and First Pacific Capital on the New Zealand aspects of their A$1.32b takeover of Goodman Fielder

  • Beijing Automotive Group on its investment in Hamilton-based aviation company Pacific Aerospace

  • US healthcare investment fund Capital Royalty on its equity investment in New Zealand-based AFT Pharmaceuticals

  • the New Zealand Treasury on the sell down of part of its 20% stake in Air New Zealand for $365m, as part of the Government Share Offers programme

  • Foodstuffs Wellington on its merger with Foodstuffs Auckland to form New Zealand's largest retail grocery operation

  • Shell on its $700m divestment of its New Zealand refining, distribution and marketing business and also on its $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.


Corporate & commercial; International trade & investment; Mergers & acquisitions