Partner - Corporate and Commercial
A leading corporate lawyer with 25 years’ experience in the UK and New Zealand, Neil specialises in mergers and acquisitions, particularly private equity and private company transactions. He is the leader of the firm’s privately-owned business team, responsible for the delivery of commercial services to our owner-operator clients. He also leads our consolidation and roll up team who specialise in managing complex and often large scale roll up strategies.
With extensive and international experience, Neil advises on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions and private equity, business sale, commercial and business transactions for a range of private equity players and corporate, SME and start-up companies. He also advises on practical governance issues, director responsibilities and strategic issues for his clients.
Neil is also a specialist in the field of warranty and indemnity insurance, providing in-market assistance to a number of the key insurers and assisting buyers and sellers with advice in connection with policies and claims. Neil is known for his relationship driven, collaborative and pragmatic style.
Pencarrow backed MMC buying Aegis
Advised Pencarrow backed investment administration specialist MMC on their acquisition of Aegis. This deal expands MMC’s service offering in the financial services administration sector.
Advised Advent Partners, one of Australia’s longest standing private equity firms, on its investment alongside existing shareholders in Flintfox International Limited.
Sale of SnapComms
Advised the sellers on the sale of all of the shares in SnapComms Limited to Everbridge Holdings Limited.
Multiple transactions for Habit Health
Advised the shareholders of Habit Health (including New Zealand Equity Partners) on the sale of Habit to UK based private equity firm, Livingbridge. Then subsequently advised Livingbridge with Habit’s acquisition of Southern Rehab and EAP Services.
Sale of Bauer Media
Advised 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.
Sale of Ascot Radiology
Acted for Aintree Finance Limited on the sale of 100% of the shares in Ascot Radiology Limited to Integral Diagnostics New Zealand Limited.
AJ Park acquires Baldwins
Advised on the sale of the business and assets of intellectual property law firm Baldwins to AJ Park, which is ultimately owned by ASX listed IPH Limited.
- 2008, New Zealand
- 1997, Scotland
- LLB (Hons), Dip Lp, University of Edinburgh
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- Roll up and consolidation projects
- Privately Owned Businesses
- Shareholder Agreements
- Warranty Insurance
- Capital Markets
- Ranked as a leading Corporate/Commercial lawyer, Chambers Asia Pacific & Global
- Ranked as Highly Regarded – M&A and Private Equity, IFLR1000
- Recognised for Corporate Law, Best Lawyers