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Chris is a partner in our corporate and commercial team. He has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial law and specialises in advising clients on mergers and acquisitions. He also works closely with our construction team on the commercial aspects of large infrastructure projects.

Chris assists both New Zealand and overseas clients to buy and sell businesses, form joint ventures, and raise capital. He assists with all stages of these transactions from due diligence, through to documentation and advising on regulatory processes.  He also advises clients on a range of commercial arrangements, such as supply agreements, distribution contracts and licensing agreements. He works closely with in-house counsel, owners and c-suite executives.

Chris’s work with infrastructure clients includes advising on aspects of each of the public private partnership (PPP) projects undertaken in New Zealand. He also helps infrastructure companies establish joint ventures, and advises them on the corporate structures they need to set up to deliver large infrastructure projects.

Chris is pragmatic and understands the commercial imperatives that drive clients. He will help you strike a deal that meets your commercial aims while managing your risk.

Admission date: 1995

EXPERIENCE
  • Garmin on its acquisition of the business assets and shares of Fusion Electronics Limited. As a result, Garmin entered the New Zealand marine, aviation and automotive technology market.
  • A New Zealand technology company on a suite of distribution agreements to distribute its products in various overseas jurisdictions, including Brazil, China and the USA.
  • George Weston Foods on a range of corporate, commercial and transactional issues over the past 15 years.
  • Pact Group in its acquisition of T&G Global’s crate-hire unit “Fruit Case Co”, including the company’s assets, brands and trademarks.

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