Tim is a specialist corporate lawyer with particular expertise in mergers & acquisitions and capital markets transactions.
Tim advises international and domestic clients on M&A, takeovers, schemes of arrangement and IPOs. His clients include private equity funds, listed and unlisted corporates and overseas investors.
He is the Head of the National Corporate team and co-heads the firm’s China Desk, advising Chinese and international clients on investment matters, including obtaining Overseas Investment Office approvals. He is also a former council member of the New Zealand Private Equity & Venture Capital Association.
Tim is recognised as a leading lawyer by independent legal directories Chambers Global 2018, and Chambers Asia Pacific 2018. He is ranked as Highly Regarded in M&A and equity capital markets by IFLR1000 2018. He is also recognised as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018.
Tim has advised:
- ANZ Bank New Zealand on its sale of OnePath Life NZ for $700m to specialist global insurer Cigna Corporation
- on the sale of Shell New Zealand to Vienna-based oil and gas company OMV for $794m
- New Zealand Superannuation Fund on its 41.1% investment in Fidelity Life
- Shell on the sale of its Kapuni onshore oil and gas field to its joint venture partner Todd Energy
- the AMP group on the merger of its two New Zealand life insurance businesses, National Mutual Life Association of Australasia and AMP Life Limited
- Partners Life on Blackstone Group's $200m investment into the insurer
- NZX Listed Spark on the $106m sale of Telecom Rentals to Australian-owned FlexiGroup
- 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 $1.037b acquisition of Carter Holt Harvey’s pulp, paper and packaging businesses
- Arvida Group on its IPO and NZX Main Board listing, in conjunction with an acquisition of 17 aged care facilities for scrip for a deal value of $329m
- the New Zealand Treasury on the Crown's $365m partial sell down of its majority stake in national airline Air New Zealand
- Direct Capital and Scales Corporation on the IPO and NZX Main Board listing of Scales Corporation
- the merger parties 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, and
- 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.