Andrew Ryan

Partner - Tax

A leading tax lawyer, Andrew heads one of the fastest growing tax teams in New Zealand.  He is a chartered accountant and lawyer who has been a tax adviser since 1993 and receives glowing feedback for his clear and pragmatic advice to clients on their most important tax issues.

Andrew is renowned for his tax advice and for his representation of clients in contentious matters, with his team ranked as Tier 1 by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Andrew excels in advising clients on all aspects of New Zealand tax laws, and to structure businesses to be tax efficient and compliant from a New Zealand and cross-border perspective.

Andrew has particular expertise in corporate taxation and obtaining binding rulings from Inland Revenue, including corporate and trust structuring, tax disputes, rulings and settlements, employment and executive remuneration taxation and mergers and acquisitions.

Andrew is a trusted adviser to significant listed companies such as Z Energy and Spark.  He advises all of the major New Zealand banks and a large range of companies across many different industries. Andrew regularly works with MinterEllison in Australia on trans-Tasman transactions, achieving co-ordinated tax results for clients.

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Professional background

Recent work

Sale of Healthscope’s New Zealand pathology business

Advised Healthscope on the sale of its New Zealand pathology business, Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG), to New Zealand Superannuation Fund and the Canadian Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, each taking a 50% share. Funds managed by Brookfield Asset Management are the majority owners of Healthscope.

Sale of Go-Bus to Kinetic

Advised Go Bus Limited, owned by Ngāi Tahu Holdings and Tainui Group Holdings, on the sale of transport company Go Bus to Melbourne-based industry operator Kinetic, by sale of 100% of the shares in Go-Bus Holdings Limited. Kinetic is ultimately owned by Canadian pension fund, OP Trust.

Acquisition of Nobilo wine assets

Advised the world’s largest family-owned winery on the acquisition of the Nobilo wine assets in New Zealand, from NYSE-listed Constellation Brands, Inc.

Sale of shares for radiologist shareholder group

Acted for Aintree Finance Limited on the sale of 100% of the shares in Ascot Radiology Limited to Integral Diagnostics New Zealand Limited (a subsidiary of ASX listed, Integral Diagnostics Limited)

Sale of MediaWorks TV to Discovery Channel

Advised MediaWorks Holdings Limited on the sale of MediaWorks TV Limited to Discovery, Inc.


  • 1996, New Zealand


  • MTaxS (Hons 1st Class), University of Auckland
  • CA, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • LLB, University of Otago
  • BCA, Victoria University of Wellington


  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Member, International Fiscal Association (New Zealand)
  • Member, New Zealand Law Society Tax Reform Committee
  • Member, Financial Services Council Tax Advisory Group


  • Corporate Tax
  • Employment Taxation
  • GST
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Tax Disputes
  • Trust Structuring
  • Immigration


  • Ranked as a Leading Individual - Tax, Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Ranked as a Leading Individual – Tax, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Recognised for Tax Law, Best Lawyers
  • Ranked as a Highly Regarded Practitioner, World Tax