Liz Rowe

Senior Associate - Corporate and Commercial

Liz is a corporate lawyer with over 15 years’ experience advising clients on matters ranging from structuring and setting up businesses in New Zealand, to compliance and corporate governance, and sale and purchase transactions.  She is an expert in retirement village and aged care law.

Liz specialises in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and is part of the corporate team ranked Band 1 by Chambers Asia-Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022.  To any transaction, she brings a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm and is known for her responsiveness, care for clients, ability to quickly understand an industry and its drivers, and problem-solving approach.

She has a deep understanding of the retirement village sector, including the opportunities and challenges for all stakeholders.  Liz regularly advises Metlifecare, Bupa, and several other retirement village operators in relation to compliance, corporate transactions, and acquisitions.  Liz also advises Covenant Trustee Services Limited in its role as statutory supervisor to a large number of retirement villages.  She is passionate about issues facing the sector and leads the firm’s Aged Care team alongside Mark Forman.

Also a specialist in warranty and indemnity (W&I) insurance, Liz regularly advises warranty insurers (including AIG, TMHCC, Beazley and Brockwell) underwriting W&I policies in the New Zealand M&A market.  Liz and her team are known for their quick turnaround and expertise in assessing due diligence processes, findings and gaps, and advising on policies and exclusions.  Liz brings this expertise into her M&A transactions when acting for the insured.

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Professional background

Recent work

Retirement village acquisitions

Acting for Metlifecare on the acquisition of The Selwyn Foundation’s portfolio of retirement villages.

Multi-Color’s acquisition of Hexagon Holdings

Acting for Multi-Color Corporation on the acquisition of Hexagon Holdings.

Sale of Bay Radiology shares to Infratil

Acting for the shareholders of Bay Radiology Limited on the sale of their shares to Infratil.

Ongoing advice to Metlifecare

Trusted adviser to Metlifecare on retirement village law and compliance matters, including the amalgamation of its village entities in 2021.

Ongoing advice to statutory supervisor

Trusted adviser to Covenant Trustee Services Limited in relation to its retirement village supervisions, including numerous consent applications for acquisitions, borrowing, and security.

Warranty and indemnity insurance

Regularly advising various warranty and indemnity insurers underwriting W&I policies in the New Zealand M&A market.


  • 2006, New Zealand


  • LLB (Hons), BA, University of Auckland


  • Associate Member, Retirement Villages Association of New Zealand Inc (RVA)


  • Corporate Governance
  • Health and Aged Care
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Overseas Investment
  • Retirement Village Law
  • Warranties and Indemnities


  • Member of Corporate and M&A team, ranked Tier 1 by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Member of Corporate/Commercial team, ranked Band 1 by Chambers Asia-Pacific