Cameron Taylor

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Cameron works with New Zealand and international clients on a range of strategic transactions, including acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, restructurings, capital raising, IPO’s and corporate governance.

Cameron regularly advises leading private and listed companies, financial institutions and private equity firms. He has extensive experience in the New Zealand market, as well as in New York and London. He spent more than seven years with premier U.S. law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore and worked for Credit Suisse. With an extensive international and domestic profile, Cameron is regularly invited to speak at international conferences on M&A and corporate finance.

Cameron is an Officer of the International Bar Association and also sits on the board of legal technology and AI innovator McCarthyFinch. McCarthyFinch is advancing machine learning to help industry leaders reimagine their businesses and seize new opportunities – its artificial intelligence engine Author has been purpose built to correlate the unstructured language of law, giving lawyers exponential virtualised problem-solving capabilities.

Prior to his legal career, Cameron was an international athlete and competed at the Olympic Games, World Track & Field Championships, NCAA Championships and World Junior Championships. Cameron is currently Chair of the board of Athletics New Zealand Inc.

He holds an M.B.A. in Finance from London Business School, an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland Law School, and a B.A. in Economics and B.B.A. in Finance from S.M.U. in Dallas, Texas.

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Professional background

Recent work

Strategic financial services sale

Acted for a major financial services entity on a complex transaction involving the sale of one of their business units to a listed off-shore entity.

Simultaneous acquisition of two entities

Acted for a listed multi-national entity on the simultaneous acquisition of two strategic businesses in New Zealand.

Servian acquisition of Enterprise IT

Acted for Serivan on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Enterprise IT Limited.

TOMRA – Purchase of BBC Technologies

Advised TOMRA on its $67m acquisition of BBC Technologies, a leading manufacturer of Blueberry sorting equipment.

TOMRA Systems ASA

Acted for the purchaser of Compac Holdings on the acquisition of 100 per cent of its share capital from the founder and a number of other shareholders, assisting in all aspects of the transaction including the sale documentation and post-completion work.

Rangatira Limited

Acted for Rangatira Limited in their capacity as owner of approximately one third of the share capital of craft beer manufacturer Tuatara Brewing Company Limited on its sale to DB Breweries Limited who acquired 100 per cent of the company.

Tegel Group Holdings Limited

Part of the team that advised Affinity Equity Partners (majority shareholder) and Tegel Group Holdings Limited (as issuer) on the IPO of Tegel Foods, New Zealand’s largest vertically integrated poultry producer.

Admitted

  • 2002, New York
  • 1998, New Zealand

Qualifications

  • MBA (Finance and Private Equity), London Business School
  • LLB (Hons), University of Auckland (Senior Prize in Law)
  • BBA (Finance) and BA (Economics), Southern Methodist University, Texas

Affiliations

  • Chair, Athletics New Zealand
  • Officer, Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee, International Bar Association (IBA) (2013 to present)
  • FINSIA – AFin
  • INFINZ – CFIP
  • Institute of Directors (N.Z.) – MInstD
  • Institute of Directors (U.K.)
  • New York State Bar Association

Specialisations

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Private Equity
  • Securities and Investments
  • OIO Approvals
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Finance

Awards

  • Ranked as a Leading Individual – Corporate and M&A, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific