James Marriner

Senior Associate - Corporate and Commercial

James is a Senior Associate in our Corporate and Commercial team. James has considerable experience advising a broad range of clients on various aspects of corporate and commercial law, including M&A transactions, joint ventures, shareholder arrangements, overseas investment, corporate governance and licensing advice, and other general corporate advisory work.

James brings international experience, having worked at a major international law firm in the United Arab Emirates before joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts, and has also spent time at another major New Zealand law firm.

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Professional background

Recent work

Sale of MediaWorks TV to Discovery

Advised MediaWorks on the sale of MediaWorks TV, New Zealand’s only privately owned major free-to-air television network, to Discovery, Inc.

Sale of Westpac advisory business to Forsyth Barr

Advised Westpac New Zealand on the sale of its retail wealth and financial advisory business to Forsyth Barr and formation of a strategic partnership between the parties.

LIC sale of automation business

Advised Livestock Improvement Corporation Limited on the sale of its automation business to MSD Animal Health (a division of Merck & Co, Inc).  

Sale of timber mill

Advised Craigpine Timber Limited on the sale of its Southland sawmill to Niagara Sawmilling Company.

Sale of Healthscope’s New Zealand pathology business

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


  • 2010, New Zealand


  • LLB, BCom, University of Otago


  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Shareholder arrangements
  • Overseas investment
  • Procurement & distribution arrangements