specialises in corporate and securities law, including corporate transactions,
capital raisings, listed company advice, corporate governance and general
company law. He draws on this hands-on experience to provide regular commentary
on securities law and corporate governance.
An expert on acquisitions, divestments, private investments,
joint ventures and other commercial arrangements, Geof acts for numerous public
and private sector companies. He also advises public sector bodies and has
acted for the Takeovers Panel, several New Zealand government departments, and
the governments of Kenya and Fiji on transactional and law reform matters.
Geof is recognised as a leading lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 and Chambers Global 2020.
- Advised the majority owners of Weta Digital Limited on the acquisition of a significant shareholding by interests associated with Sean Parker.
- Instructed Infratil on its NZ$100m private placement and $300m AREO fund-raising to part-fund the acquisition of Vodafone New Zealand.
- Assisted Shell on the sale of its upstream New Zealand assets.
- Advised New Zealand Treasury on the retail deposit guarantee scheme and wholesale guarantee schemes.
- Acted for a number of New Zealand and overseas government entities (including the Takeovers Panel, Treasury, the Debt Management Office, the Reserve Bank, a number of ministries and the governments of Fiji and Kenya) on commercial and law reform matters.
- Worked with numerous other organisations (including ANZ, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Centreport, HRL Morrison & Co, Infratil, the Institute of Directors, Intel, Jarden, Kiwibank, Lyttelton Port Company, NZ Post, Paymark, PwC, Shell, The Todd Corporation, Transpower, Victoria University of Wellington, UBS, Wingnut Films, XRB and Z Energy) on acquisitions, divestments, takeovers, restructurings, joint ventures, capital-raisings, corporate governance and related matters.
Honorary solicitor to the
New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
Facilitator for Institute of
Directors of New Zealand