Robert has advised on various corporate funding arrangements and disposals in the energy and oil and gas sectors. He advises the financial services industry on mergers & acquisitions and restructurings, and the technology industry on all aspects of media production and global cross border transactions. Robert also frequently advises the film and entertainment industry on all production aspects and the forestry sector on private mergers and acquisitions.
In the corporate market, Robert's focus has been on in-bound cross-border transactions advising clients on public (takeovers code) mergers and acquisitions. He advises public and private clients on all aspects of corporate governance, private equity, equity capital markets and commercial contracting.
Some of Robert's longstanding corporate clients include Coles Myer; Koch Industries and Progressive Enterprises Limited, and he has advised mutuals such as Southern Cross Health as well as listed entities including Progressive Enterprises Ltd, Turners & Growers, WEL Energy Group and multinational corporates including Weyerhaeuser and Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ). His film clients have included the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and the "Xena" and "Hercules" television series.
As an expert in mergers and acquisitions, Robert has been recognised as a leading lawyer by the International Financial Law Review, and clients have recommended Robert "for his speed and commercial understanding. Many lawyers just point out the risks; he helps point out the solutions".
EducationLLB (Hons) University of Auckland, 1985
Significant AccomplishmentsLeading lawyer (Mergers and acquisitions) - International Financial Law Review 2013, 2012, 2011
Editor of "Compliance and Your Business", Thomson Brooker's, 2004
Co-author of client publication, "Investing in New Zealand"
- International Bar Association
- International Trademark Association
Director, CGNZ Finance Limited
Member, New Zealand-Fiji Business Council
Member of Advisory Board, USNZ Council
Immediate Past Chair, Closely-Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee, Corporate Law Section, International Bar Association
Editor of 'Compliance and Your Business', Thomson Brookers, 2004
Co-author of client publication, 'Investing in New Zealand'
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