Tayla Johnston

Senior Associate - Corporate and Commercial

Tayla has experience working for a broad range of clients based both in New Zealand and overseas and has advised on mergers and acquisitions, warranty & indemnity insurance, shareholder and subscription agreements, constitutions, joint venture agreements, corporate governance and general commercial matters.

Tayla also has significant expertise in the area of retirement village law, acting for statutory supervisors and operators.

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Professional background

Recent work

Sale of Ascot Radiology

Acting for Aintree Finance Limited on the sale of 100% of the shares in Ascot Radiology Limited to Integral Diagnostics New Zealand Limited.

Pencarrow backed MMC buying Aegis

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

Multiple transactions for Habit Health

Advising 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 SnapComms

Advising the sellers on the sale of all of the shares in SnapComms Limited to Everbridge Holdings Limited.

Acquisition of Timely

Advising US based service commerce platform EverCommerce as they entered into an agreement to acquire New Zealand booking software developer Timely.

New Zealand’s primary industry positioning in international markets

Advising Beef & Lamb New Zealand if specific types of marketing initiatives were consistent with New Zealand’s obligations, in an application that aims to enhance the positioning of New Zealand’s agricultural products in key international markets.


  • 2014, New Zealand


  • LLB, BA, University of Otago


  • Committee member - Emerging Talent in M&A


  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Warranty and indemnity insurance
  • Corporate governance
  • Retirement village law