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Martin is a partner in our Wellington M&A corporate and commercial team and heads Kensington Swan Pakihi (Maori business 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 significant sector knowledge and experience in transport and logistics, the port sector, electricity distribution, innovation, research, tertiary education and industry training.

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 both the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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.
  • On the sale of the Auckland Railyards to Ngati Whatua o Orakei which required a balancing of Te Tiriti issues with complex property and rail operational issues.
  • 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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