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Cathy Quinn

Cathy Quinn


New Zealand

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Cathy is the Chair of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, and a corporate and commercial lawyer who leads the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity teams. Cathy is highly-regarded for her specialist legal work in mergers, acquisitions, securities law, corporate governance and private equity. Cathy is regularly sought out by international and local clients for her expertise in the areas in which she practises.

Cathy's practice encompasses Corporate and Commercial, Government, Agribusiness and Health and Aging. She has particular expertise with Directors Duties, and was a past co-author of one of the leading company and securities law texts in New Zealand, Morison's On Company and Securities Law, as well as being the principal author of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts' White Paper on Corporate Governance.

Her expertise spans mergers and acquisitions; advising on various security law issues; advising on numerous offshore ventures, acquisitions and divestments; advising on directors duties, corporate governance and general corporate law matters; advising businesses in the agribusiness sector on regulatory issues, governance, corporate law issues, restructuring, acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures; advising Asian entities on investing in New Zealand, including the dairy and forestry sector.

Cathy was a member of the Securities Commission for nine years and the only lawyer appointed to the government's Capital Markets Development Taskforce, giving her a unique insight into the policy considerations underpinning our securities and capital markets. Cathy is a member of the Commercial Advisory Board to the New Zealand Treasury.

She has been named as one of the leading corporate and M&A lawyers in New Zealand by various international directories for many years. Cathy was named the winner of Euromoney's Women in Business Law Awards in Australasia in respect of Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity in August 2013. She has also been a finalist in the ALB dealmaker awards on a number of occasions, as well as being named in ALB as one of the Hot 40 in Australasia. Cathy was named the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award Winner 2010 (New Zealand).

Cathy has advised numerous boards on governance issues. In recognition of her expertise, Cathy has provided governance training for the director community along with a major accounting firm. Cathy is a regular commentator on securities, competition and corporate law.


LLB Victoria University of Wellington, 1986
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Listed lawyer - Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity - Best Lawyers in New Zealand 2014
Best Australasian Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Lawyer - Euromoney Australasian Women in Business Law Awards 2013
Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award Winner 2010 (New Zealand) - read more here
Leading lawyer (Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets) - International Financial Law Review, 2007-2014
Leading individual, Mergers & Acquisitions - Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law 2010, 2011, 2013
Leading corporate lawyer - The Best Lawyers in New Zealand 2008, 2009, 2010
Leading individual - Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2002-2015
Leading individual - Chambers Global, 2004-2014
Leading individual - Chambers Asia Pacific 2010-2014
Listed lawyer - Capital Markets, Corporate, Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Best Lawyers in New Zealand 2013
Highly recommended individual (Private equity/venture capital) - PLC Which lawyer? - 2011/2012, 2010/2011
Leading lawyer (Private equity/venture capital) - PLC Which lawyer? - 2009/2010
Highly recommended individual (Corporate/M&A) - PLC Which lawyer? - 2012/2013, 2010/2011, 2008/2009
Recommended individual - PLC Which lawyer? - 2005/2006
Leading lawyer (Capital Markets) - International Financial Law Review 2014, 2010
Highly recommended individual - PLC Handbook - 2006/2007
Recommended individual - Global Counsel 3000 - 2003/2004
Highly recommended individual - Global Counsel 3000 - 2002/2003
Australasian Legal Business (ALB) - New Zealand Dealmaker of the Year Award Finalist (2007) (2010) (2012)
Australasian Legal Business (ALB) - Australasia's Hot 40 Lawyers (2007).

Professional Associations

Member, Treasury Advisory Board
Member, New Zealand Business Roundtable
Member, Council Executive Board of The New Zealand China Council
Member, Capital Market Development Taskforce.
Member, New Zealand Global Women.
Former Member, New Zealand Securities Commission
Former Member, Subcommittee of the Legal Education Committee of the New Zealand Law Society


Written and led a number of seminars throughout New Zealand on securities, corporate and competition law issues
Co-author of Morison's Company and Securities Law
Cathy was the author of the firms White Paper on Corporate Governance

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