Neil Millar

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.

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Professional background

Recent work

Pencarrow backed MMC buying Aegis

Advised investment administration specialist MMC on their acquisition of Aegis. This deal expands MMC’s service offering in the financial services administration sector.

Sale of Davanti Consulting to Dentsu Aegis Network

Advised the shareholders of Davanti, a leading digital tech consulting company on the sale of the company to Dentsu Aegis Network.

Purchase of Macro Automation by Tetra Laval

Advised Tetra Laval on its acquisition of food and beverage processing automation specialist Macro Automation, enabling them to support customers across all food and beverage categories.

Purchase of Birkenhead Buses by Ritchies Transport

Advised Ritchies Transport Holdings, one of New Zealand’s largest bus companies, on their acquisition of Birkenhead Transport Limited.

Sale of Habit Holdings to Livingbridge Private Equity

Advised the shareholders of Habit (including New Zealand Equity Partners) on the sale of that company to UK based Pe firm, Livingbridge.

Purchase of Southern Rehab by Habit Holdings

Advised Habit Group on its acquisition of Southern Rehab, extending Habit’s reach and increasing the group’s staff base and number of clinics.

Sale of Engender Technologies to CRV

Advised Engender on the  terms of an offer that was made to shareholders by CRV.

Sale of Dark Horse to Project International

Advised on the sale of Dark Horse NZ Limited to Project New Zealand Limited. Dark Horse provides services to create brand engagement and loyalty.

Sale of Fortlock Security to the Optic Security Group

Advised the shareholders of Fortlock on the sale of the Fortlock group to Optic Security group.

Sale of Bevie to Rahr Corporation


  • 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