Jasmin Matthews

Senior Associate

Jasmin is an experienced corporate lawyer who specialises in private mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, overseas investment, private equity, and corporate advisory.

Jasmin has worked on a broad range of M&A transactions across a variety of sectors including FMCG, financial services and fund management, e-commerce, technology and media and manufacturing. Her clients range from individuals and founder operator businesses to private equity firms and large corporates both in New Zealand and overseas. She has expertise across the full life cycle of a transaction and her solutions-focused and collaborative approach means she quickly develops close working relationships with clients to facilitate successful deals.

Beyond transactions, Jasmin advises directors, shareholders, and companies on corporate compliance, corporate structures and general corporate advisory matters. She also regularly advises overseas investors on compliance with the Overseas Investment Act as well as acting for overseas investors on consent applications to buy significant business assets in New Zealand.

Jasmin is praised by her clients for being professional, astute, and for providing great advice. Clients appreciate her down to earth and personable nature and for genuinely caring about getting great outcomes for them.

Jasmin has a developing interest in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters. She has recently co-authored papers, in collaboration with the Institute of Directors, on the evolution of directors’ duties in the context of leave of absence and stakeholder governance. She is also a member of Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers (formerly esela – The legal network for social impact).

A core member of the firm’s community investment programme team, Jasmin regularly volunteers both inside and outside of the firm. She is passionate about mentoring and giving back to the community and is a regular mentor as part of the University of Auckland’s He Ira Wāhine – Women's Mentoring Programme and the firm’s MentorME programme.

Prior to returning to the firm in 2020, Jasmin spent a year overseas in the Cayman Islands practising in the funds team of a well-known offshore law firm.

Career highlights

Advising Pencarrow Private Equity and the other shareholders of MMC on the sale of that business to Apex.

Advising Advent Partners, one of Australia’s longest standing private equity firms, on its investment alongside existing shareholders in Flintfox International Limited (2020) and Integrated Control Technology Limited (2022).

Advising Global Marketplace (backed by Tanarra Capital) on its acquisition of NZME’s online GrabOne business.

Advised NZ Equity Partners on its investment in Contract Mechanical Services Limited.

Advising the main equity investors, Certares and Knighthead on the New Zealand aspects (including overseas investment approval) of its successful auction bid to take Hertz out of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

Advising Intersnack on the New Zealand aspects (including overseas investment approval) of its acquisition of Unisnack (which operates in New Zealand through Griffin’s and Proper Snacks) from its joint venture partner.

Advising Bauer Media on its exit from the New Zealand market following the closure of its New Zealand operations due to the impacts of COVID-19.

  • Member, Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers
  • Member, Emerging Talent in M&A
Achievements and recognition
  • Band 1 team, Corporate/Commercial, Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Tier 1 team, Corporate and M&A, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific