David is a partner in our corporate and commercial team. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, company law and restructuring, as well as commercial and legal issues associated with buying and selling goods and services. He also has expertise in consumer and health law.

David advises New Zealand entrepreneurs and large private companies as well as the local subsidiaries of multinational companies. Those clients are involved in a wide range of business including the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, importing and distributing fast-moving consumer goods, retailing and investment.

David has significant experience in overseas investment advice, shareholder disputes and corporate restructuring. As well as providing legal advice, David also provides more strategic business advice. He understands that when it comes to commercial transactions everyone’s needs are different. Whether you’re selling a business, raising finance, or you want to import and distribute a product in New Zealand, he can help identify what you want to achieve, and develop a strategy to help you achieve it.

David is the honorary counsel for Uruguay.

Admission date: 1983


David has advised: 

  • the developer on a development of a significant new social housing site in Auckland. Complex protocols mean the site can only be developed by selected iwi and David is the sole advisor to the developer/iwi partnership. 
  • Several retailers and FMCG companies on promotional and advertising campaigns, including dealing with ASA complaints, and Commerce Commission investigations.
  • Multinational pharmaceutical companies in contract negotiations with Pharmac and issues in relation to Medsafe.
  • Participants in the gaming industry on regulatory matters and interaction with Department of Internal Affairs.
  • On the successful sale of a nationwide retailer to a listed investment company.
  • On the New Zealand leg of a multi-jurisdictional transaction disposing of New Zealand assets of an international business.



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