Igor Drinkovic

Special Counsel - Corporate and Commercial

Igor is a Special Counsel in the Auckland corporate team and specialises in public M&A and securities law. He advises local and foreign clients on public takeovers, IPOs, public capital raisings, private placements, employee share schemes and listed company matters in general.

Working in the capital markets space often requires working with clients in tense, fast paced and unique situations that call for pragmatic solutions to complex problems. Igor’s ability to deliver for his clients has been independently recognised, being named a ‘rising star’, by both The Legal 500 Asia Pacific directory and in the New Zealand Lawyer Rising Star list for 2019, with clients saying:

“Igor has impressed me with his maturity and ability to engage and provide advice at a level that exceeds his years of experience.  I find him to be a very responsive, pragmatic and solutions focused adviser. He is personable, a pleasure to deal with and someone who I have, and will continue to, recommend to others.” 

Igor has provided advice to some of New Zealand’s most iconic companies including Synlait Milk, Zespri, MediaWorks, Tourism Holdings, Refining NZ, The Warehouse and Spark as well as large international clients including CITIC Capital and Brookfield Asset Management.

Igor is the co-author of Duties and Responsibilities of Directors and Company Secretaries in New Zealand (5th ed) and the Morison’s Company Law chapter on Takeovers Law. Igor actively shares his expertise through Auckland District Law Society seminars on securities and corporate law.

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Professional background

Recent work

Sale of pathology business

Advised Healthscope on the sale of its New Zealand pathology business, Asia Pacific Healthcare Group, to New Zealand Superannuation Fund and the Canadian Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, each taking a 50% share.

MediaWorks / QMS merger

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

NZ Merino restructure

Advised NZ Merino on its capital restructure comprising a constitutional change, a 3-stage capital raising (to shareholders, growers and new strategic investors) to support its future growth and financial stability during COVID-19, and a share buy-back aimed at its shareholders that have exited the merino industry.

Tourism Holdings placement and rights offer

Advised NZX listed Tourism Holdings on its placement of shares to CITIC Capital International Tourism Fund and subsequent underwritten rights offer.

Admitted

  • New Zealand

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons), BCom, University of Auckland

Specialisations

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Securities Law

Awards

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