Rodney Craig

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Rodney is a corporate law expert who specialises in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), capital raising and restructuring.

A significant part of Rodney’s practice involves assisting early-stage and high growth businesses (particularly in the technology sector) with their legal needs.  His clients include entrepreneurs, privately owned businesses, small and medium sized enterprises (SME), and large corporates.  His M&A and capital raising expertise spans most industries, but he has particular experience in the technology, financial services, food & beverage, healthcare and aged care sectors.

Rodney transcends his role as a legal adviser to that of a business partner. He helps with day-to-day contracting and compliance issues through to advising on expansion activities and other significant transactions (such as raising capital, the entry or exit of shareholders, entry into joint ventures, adopting an employee share scheme, or restructuring the business). Rodney has advised on a number of equity crowdfunding campaigns.

Rodney has an NZX Diploma and also has experience advising on compliance with the Takeovers Code, the NZX Listing Rules, and the NZX Participant Rules.

Recognised for his expertise by several legal directories, Rodney stands out for his excellent client care.  He has twice won the Lexology Client Choice Award. He provides sound, pragmatic advice and can communicate complex issues in an easy-to-understand way. He helps clients understand which legal issues are critical and where opportunities for compromise will assist the deal to progress. Clients appreciate his responsive, practical, and business-minded counsel.

Rodney is a thought leader on commercial and corporate law issues. He regularly presents seminars and workshops and is a co-author of Lexis Nexis Practical Business Law and several chapters of Morison’s Company Law.

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Overview – A very big year

Professional background

Recent work

Sale of large NZ SaaS business

Advising on the sale of the business and assets of a large New Zealand SaaS business to a US-based private equity firm.

Capital raising for tech companies

Advising several high growth tech companies on their capital raising activities, including via wholesale offers and equity crowdfunding.

Private equity acquisitions

Advising a private equity fund on its acquisition programme, including in the primary and hi-tech manufacturing sectors.

Employee share schemes

Advising a number of high growth companies on the establishment, operation and restructuring of their employee share ownership arrangements.

Roll-up acquisitions

Advising on a series of acquisitions for clients with roll-up programmes in the aged care and health care industries, including associated structuring and funding arrangements.

Advising craft beer manufacturers

Advising several successful craft beer manufacturers on all their legal needs, including distribution agreements, shareholder arrangements, capital raising (including equity crowdfunding) and joint ventures.

Admitted

  • 2001, England and Wales (non-practising)
  • 1998, New Zealand

Qualifications

  • NZX Diploma, Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • LLB, Victoria University of Wellington

Specialisations

  • Capital Raising
  • Commercial Contracting
  • Employee Share Schemes
  • Growth Companies
  • Governance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Privately Owned Business
  • Restructuring
  • Shareholder Agreements

Awards

  • Ranked as a Notable Practitioner – M&A and Capital Markets (Debt & Equity), IFLR1000 (2019-2021)
  • Winner – Client Choice Award (M&A, New Zealand), Lexology (2019, 2021)
  • Winner – General Corporate Lawyer of the Year New Zealand, ILO Client Choice Awards (2016)
  • Leading Lawyer, Asialaw (2016, 2018)
  • Winner – Client Choice Award (General Corporate, New Zealand), Lexology (2016, 2019)
  • Recognised for Corporate Law, Best Lawyers
  • Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ internationally recognised Tier 1 (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific) and Band 1 (Chambers Asia-Pacific) Corporate team