BA LLB • Auckland
Mike is one of New Zealand's most experienced corporate/commercial lawyers, with more than 30 years at partner level, advising a wide range of clients - particularly in the infrastructure and technology sectors.
Mike specialises in capital raising, business structuring, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances/joint ventures and corporate governance.
In the infrastructure sector, Mike is a lead adviser on major projects including energy generation and distribution, transport, telecommunications, water/wastewater, airports, solid waste and urban redevelopment. He is an expert in large-scale, long-term infrastructure funding/development and management.
In the technology sector, Mike advises on commercialisation and licensing of IP, major IT outsourcing contracts, technology procurement, fibre leasing/IRU contracts, regulatory issues and data protection/use. His clients include telcos, life sciences companies, financial institutions and cloud-based solution providers.
Mike has extensive experience in buying and selling businesses and companies, and in the establishment of joint ventures, public/private partnerships and bespoke commercial contracts. He has a particular interest in commercialising and licensing technology and in business structuring/capital raising for early to mid-stage companies.
Michael as co-author of An Introduction to E-Commerce Law in New Zealand.
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Funding and development of 5 grid‑scale solar farms (approx $300 million).
Joint venture to build/operate Land Mobile Radio portion of New Zealand Government's $1.4 billion Public Safety Network.
Advising a leading NZ bank on establishment of new lending platforms and customer services.
Acquisition of new technology to upgrade inter–island HVDC link (approximately $700 million project); grid service contracts for approx $2 billion of opex/capex over 10 year period.
NZ Carbon Farming
Sale of 25% stake in carbon forestry portfolio.
Contracts to operate metro passenger rail services in Auckland/Wellington; acquisitions of Mana Coach Services/Howick & Eastern Buses.
Gisborne District Council
Long‑term airport lease/management agreement.
Advising on development of greenfields infant milk formula manufacturing operation and joint venture with PRC distributor.
Takeover offer, by ASX–listed Vocus, to acquire FX Networks for approximately $116 million; advice on fibre optic network access arrangements.
Corporate advisory work including acquisition of Tuatara Brewing Company; establishment of Barworks joint venture; sale of Liquorland; purchase of Redwood Cellars.
Acquisition of Rex Bionics (developer of robotic exoskeletons) and UK capital raising/listing on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market.
Purchase and subsequent sale of Orcon (internet service provider); purchase of Aura Information Security; trans–Tasman fibre optic cable project.
Co–generation/embedded generation/transmission/windfarm projects/ for Northpower/Counties Energy.
IPO; acquisition of Deva Tap Company (UK) and associated rights issue/institutional placement; acquisition of Heshan Sanitary (Chinese manufacturing business).
PPP: 50 year franchise agreement with (now) Watercare to operate water/wastewater systems.
Sale of medical device company as part of capital raising on ASX.
Capital raising, establishment of US operations, and phase II of clinical trials agreements for treatment of Parkinson's disease.