Daria Withers

Senior Associate - Corporate and Commercial

Daria is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer, specialising in public and private mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate governance.

Daria advises clients on business transactions, initial public offerings (IPOs), capital raisings, corporate governance, listing rule compliance, joint ventures, shareholder arrangements, overseas investment, and commercial contracting. She also acts for major US film studios with respect to a range of film and television productions, focusing on their corporate structuring, production documentation, and grant requirements.

She often works closely with MinterEllison in Australia on trans-Tasman M&A deals, as well as advising Australian issuers on their ability to extend their IPOs into New Zealand in reliance on our mutual recognition regime.

Daria’s clients operate in a range of sectors and are located both domestically and offshore. She is well-versed in bringing international clients up to speed with local law and market practice. Her expertise extends to New Zealand companies, financial markets, and overseas investment laws, as well as the NZX listing rules.

Having been seconded to work in-house several times, she has an appreciation for what stakeholders, both internal and external, might need from the clients she is advising, and she keeps that perspective in mind when tailoring her advice.

Daria enjoys both project management, where she works with clients and other advisers to get deals across the line, and technical drafting and analysis where she can delve into the detail to ensure the best results for her clients. In all aspects of her work, Daria applies a commercial eye and can be trusted to get the job done, while providing top quality legal advice.

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Professional background

Recent work

Sale of Bike Barn

Advising the owners of the Bike Barn retail stores on the sale of the business to Australian based 99 Bikes.

Purchase of AuCom Electronics by Sun Capital Partners

Advising Sun Capital Partners, a leading US private equity firm based in Florida, on the acquisition of AuCom Electronics.

Mediaworks merger with QMS

Part of the team that acted for MediaWorks on its merger with the NZ operations of ASX-listed outdoor advertising company QMS.

Acquisition of Tip Top

Advising global ice cream company, Froneri, on its $385 million acquisition of Tip Top from Fonterra.

Tegel Group Holdings Limited IPO

Advising Tegel Foods on its IPO and dual listing on the NZX and ASX, which valued Tegel at $550 million.

Secondment to Synlait Milk Limited

Acting as in-house legal adviser to Synlait while they were seeking a permanent replacement of their General Counsel.

Secondment to Tegel Foods Limited

Acting as in-house legal adviser to Tegel on a range of day-to-day legal matters.

Film and Television

Advising a number of major US and international studios on their film and television productions in New Zealand including in relation to their corporate structuring, production contracts and grant requirements.

Admitted

  • 2012, New Zealand

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons), BA, University of Auckland

Specialisations

  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Corporate Governance
  • Film and Entertainment
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity

Awards

  • Member of MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ internationally recognised Tier 1 (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific) and Band 1 (Chambers Asia-Pacific) Corporate team