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Robert McLean



P+64 9 977 5077

M+64 21 987 050

Robert McLean

Robert is a senior 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.

  • Corporate INTL Global Awards 2022 - Mining Law Firm of the Year
  • The International Who's Who Legal Mining 2021 - Global leader
  • The International Who's Who Legal M&A 2020 - Global leader
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Corporate/M&A 2015 - Recommended Lawyer

Sector Expertise

  • China Business - advising Chinese businesses seeking to invest in New Zealand, and New Zealand businesses seeking to engage with Chinese businesses
  • New Zealand primary industry (dairy, forestry, mining)
  • Infrastructure (Energy, Water)
  • New Zealand light industry (all sizes)

Examples of Work

  • Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group - acquisition of Westland Milk Co-operative Dairy Company ($570 million enterprise value) by scheme of arrangement, in respect of one of New Zealand’s oldest agricultural related co-operatives changing to Chinese ownership; and continued advising of Westland and Oceania Dairy Ltd on operational issues
  • Sale of cornerstone shareholding in IT business (data mining and analytics) with operations in New Zealand and Australia ($15+ million)
  • Advising Counties Power Consumer Trust in respect of various matters including trust deed matters, acquisitions
  • Advising client with geothermal assets, electricity assets and hydrogen plant pilot, and in respect of SNA’s (significant natural areas)
  • Advising several community trusts in respect of various matters - Trust House and “The Trusts” (being West Auckland Trust Services Ltd, Portage Licensing Trust, and Waitakere Licensing Trust)
  • Acquisition by an overseas party of a major New Zealand storage business (consideration confidential - $60-$100 million)
  • Sale and purchase of various medical businesses and related joint ventures

Other Credentials

  • Institute of Directors - Member