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Robert McLean



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Robert McLean

Robert is a partner in the firm's corporate and commercial group. He is a specialist in all aspects of corporate transactions, including financing, capital raising, public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, sales, reorganisations, and general contractual matters.

Robert advises on aviation, technology, and communications issues and has assisted with various venture capital initiatives.

His practice and clients include multinationals, large off-shore companies and groups, and smaller (industry-focused) New Zealand companies. Robert provides advice to public companies and government organisations on establishment, structuring, and governance issues.

  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Corporate/M&A 2015 - Recommended Lawyer
  • The International Who's Who Legal Mining 2015 - Leading Lawyer
  • IFLR1000 Mergers & Acquisitions 2013 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group - acquisition of Westland by scheme of arrangement
  • Kirin Corporation - ASX takeover of brewer Lion Nathan for A$8.2 billion, acting alongside Blake Dawson (who dealt with Australian aspects)
  • Viterra (previously ABB Grain) - acquisition of the NRM animal food manufacturing business of Tegel Foods
  • Pacific Blue Airlines (subsidiary of Virgin Blue) - restructuring of pilot and aircrew arrangements
  • Aliaxis/Marley - purchase of RX Plastics
  • Beyond International - purchase of Magna Pacific entertainment business assets
  • Ross Roofing - sale of tile business to CSR
  • Rexel/Redeal - purchase of Egley group (electric supply business)
  • Panprint - sale to Blue Star (publishing industry)
  • Dotmar Engineering Plastics - purchase of Universal Plastics
  • Streetsmart - sale of SEL of waste collection business
  • Freedom Publishing - sale to ACP of certain of its publishing business
  • Rendertech - sale/reorganisation of shareholding
  • Pacific Blue Airlines - aircraft leasing, liquor licensing, and human resources issues
  • Pathology Associates (significant New Zealand laboratory testing entity) - contracts for services in New Zealand
  • Newmont Mining Corporation - mining activities in New Zealand

Other Credentials

  • Institute of Directors - Member