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Martin is a partner in our Wellington M&A corporate and commercial team. He provides advice to a range of New Zealand companies and organisations operating in a variety of sectors, overseas companies coming into New Zealand, and government departments and Crown entities.

Martin specialises in mergers and acquisitions, company and commercial law, and joint ventures.  He advises directors and companies on governance and corporate restructuring.  He works closely with C-suite executives and in-house legal teams.

Martin has particular expertise in transport and logistics, the port sector and the energy sector, in particular, electricity distribution and the oil industry. He also has experience in the tertiary education sector advising industry training organisations and university research centres.

Martin combines his many years of legal experience with his experience as a company director to provide not just legal advice but broader business perspectives. He is valued by Boards and executives for his ability to tailor legal advice to strategic and commercial objectives. 

Martin is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Admission date: 1981

EXPERIENCE

Martin has advised:

  • on the management buyout of NZL Group from P&O and the subsequent establishment of a standalone container business ContainerCo (NZL) Limited and converting NZL Group into a strong linehaul transport company before it was sold in 2017.  
  • Unison Networks Limited on the acquisition of an electricity transformer manufacturing company and subsequently providing to UNL advice on corporate structuring, governance and a wide range of commercial and contractual matters. 
  • Coastal Oil Logistics Limited, a shipping supply chain joint venture company, on the sensitive issues associated with the shareholders being major oil companies all in competition with each other. 
  • Careerforce, an ITO operating in the aged care and community support services sector, on a range of matters including government funding, corporate and governance structures and managing conflicts of interest. 
  • on the establishment of a funding and corporate structure for Seafood Innovations Limited to enable research and innovation in the seafood industry funded by Government and fishing companies.

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