For more than
35 years, Barry has advised on many of New Zealand's biggest deals. He works
with New Zealand and multi-national clients on mergers and acquisitions,
corporate and securities law and general business strategies.
Career highlights in the public
sector include advising Government on the sales of Telecom (now Spark) and Bank
of New Zealand, and on the recapitalisation of Air New Zealand. In the private
sector he advised Lloyds TSB Bank on the £2.25b sale of National Bank, Independent
Newspapers on the $1.19b sale of its publishing business to the Fairfax Group, International
Paper on the $1.6b sale of its Carter Holt Harvey interest and Shell on the
sale of its New Zealand downstream assets.
Has been recognised as a leading
lawyer in corporate and commercial, and mergers and acquisitions, by Chambers
Global, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, IFLR 1000 and The International Who’s Who
of Business Lawyers.
- 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 the Crown's 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.
Audit Oversight Committee of the New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority
Chair of NAIT
Information System Access Panel
of the New Zealand Stock Exchange's Market Surveillance Panel
Former Chair of
Chapman Tripp's Board
of the Royal Wellington Golf Club