John Conlan

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Primarily focused on providing advice to corporations, John specialises in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and commercial contracting. John has assisted New Zealand and international corporates and financial institutions to structure and complete a number of domestic and cross border transactions.

John’s in-depth knowledge of corporate law, coupled with his financial expertise, means he can quickly provide you with specific advice for your unique circumstances.

John’s clients include Z Energy, AMP Capital Investors, Brookfield Global Asset Management and Souter Investments.

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Professional background

Recent work

AMP Capital’s purchase of a 70% stake in the Wiri PPP

Advising AMP Capital Investors on the purchase of a 70% stake in the Wiri PPP.

Infratil and Brookfield Asset Management’s NZ$3.4 billion acquisition of Vodafone New Zealand

Advising Brookfield Asset Management on its shareholding arrangements with Infratil on the NZD3.4 billion acquisition of Vodafone New Zealand.

Souter Investments divestment of Howick and Eastern and Mana buses

Advising Souter Investments on the sale of the Mana Coach and Howick and Eastern bus businesses.

Establishment of Drylandcarbon Partnership

Advised Z Energy Limited, Air New Zealand Limited, Genesis Energy Limited and Contact Energy Limited on the establishment of the Drylandcarbon Partnership – a limited liability partnership that invests in a geographically diversified forest portfolio to sequester carbon.

Z Energy $785m acquisition of Chevron

Part of the team that advised Z Energy on its $785m acquisition of Chevron New Zealand (which owns and operates the Caltex retail fuel brand in New Zealand).

Sale of shares in renewable power system company

Engaged to assist with the sale of the New Zealand business of Infratec Limited to WEL Networks Limited, a company which specialises in the design, construction and installation of renewable power systems.


  • LLB/BCom, University of Otago


  • Corporate Governance and Advisory
  • Commercial Contracting
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • General Corporate Finance & Secured Lending Transactions
  • Projects and Joint Ventures
  • Insolvency and Restructuring


  • Ranked as a Next Generation Partner – Corporate and M&A, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Ranked as a Notable Practitioner – Banking & Finance, Capital Markets (Equity) and M&A, IFLR1000