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Neil Millar

Neil Millar



  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate and Business
  • Joint Ventures

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Mergers & Acquisitions
Privately Owned Businesses
DealMaker Group
Private Equity Group
Group Leader
Neil has broad corporate and commercial experience, in particular in the mergers and acquisitions and private equity area. He is also the leader of the firm’s privately-owned business team, responsible for the delivery of commercial services to our owner-operator clients.

With extensive and international experience, Neil advises on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, business sale, commercial and business transactions (and is a specialist on warranty insurance) and contracts for a range of private equity players and corporate, SME and start up companies. He also advises on practical governance issues, director responsibilities and strategic issues for his clients. He regularly assists the firm’s banking and financial services team with corporate aspects of banking transactions, in particular the purchase of loan books. Neil also advises clients in the Health and Ageing Industry with their commercial requirements.

Neil is also a specialist in the field of warranty and indemnity insurance, providing in-market assistance to a number of the key insurers and assisting buyers and sellers with advice in connection with policies and claims.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the bar in New Zealand (2008) and Scotland (1997)


Dip Lp, University of Edinburgh, 1995
LLB (Hons), University of Edinburgh, 1994
Areas of Practice

Capital Markets | Commercial Law | Corporate and Business | Joint Ventures | Mergers & Acquisitions

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Regarded as a leading Corporate lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific & Global
Regarded as a leading Corporate and M&A lawyer by IFLR1000


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MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, private equity and venture capital (PE/VC) funds are preparing for a major and widespread economic impact. Furthermore, from 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 4 meaning that all New Zealand non-essential businesses are required to close and either work from home where possible or otherwise not operate if working from home is not an option...

Feel the Buzz - Modernising the Business of Bees
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2018

Beekeeping. Once predominantly a home craft and hobby, it has transformed into a multi-million-dollar industry in recent years as the world discovers an appetite for New Zealand honey, and the highly valued manuka variety in particular. The industry has seen stellar growth over the last few years. Bee products currently bring in $300 million annually – a rapid rise from $98 million in 2010 – and the Government is targeting $1...

Governance and the Rise of the Activist Shareholder
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2017

As the tide of shareholder activism rises around the world, MinterEllisonRuddWatts discussed the trend and implications for New Zealand business at its annual Corporate Governance Symposium for directors and executives last night...

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