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Stephen Ward



P+64 4 924 3418

M+64 21 987 056

Stephen Ward

Stephen is a consultant in the corporate and commercial department.

He advises corporations and crown entities on all aspects of corporate governance, statutory compliance, companies law, mergers and acquisitions, overseas investment in New Zealand, and related issues. He regularly works with many of the firm's clients on strategic issues and business development initiatives.

Stephen also has more than 25 years' experience establishing, managing, amalgamating, and winding up life and general insurance companies, superannuation schemes, KiwiSaver schemes, and other investment vehicles.

  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Corporate/M&A 2015 - Recommended Lawyer
  • The International Who's Who Legal Corporate 2015 - Leading Lawyer
  • The International Who's Who Legal Mergers & Acquisitions 2014 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia - on the internalisation of the management of Kiwi Income Properties Trust, a $2.1 billion fund, and its sale of the management rights valued at approximately $70 million
  • Solid Energy - part of the Simpson Grierson team that advised Solid Energy during 2013 on its financial restructuring
  • Haier Group Corporation - takeover and subsequent compulsory acquisition of all of the shares (not already owned by Haier) in NZX and ASX listed Fisher & Paykel Appliances for approximately $750 million
  • Genuine Parts Company - New Zealand aspects of the US$150 million acquisition of a 30% interest in Exego Group (owner of the Repco chain)
  • Beetil - sale of Wellington IT company to NASDAQ-listed Citrix Systems Inc
  • MAp Airports International independent board committee - chaired committee when it considered and implemented the internalisation of the management of its airport business investments
  • Aptimize - sale of Wellington IT company to NASDAQ-listed Riverbed Technologies
  • New Zealand Community Trust - acquisition of a number of gaming trusts
  • Dispute Resolution Services - establishment of Financial Dispute Resolution as the reserve scheme for the financial service providers regime
  • New Zealand division of Thomson Reuters - worldwide divestiture of Thomson Learning
  • The Crown - advising a government department on its insurance claims after the Christchurch earthquakes
  • The Crown - establishment of Quotable Value and AgriQuality
  • The Crown - sale of its central North Island geothermal assets to Mighty River Power
  • NZRU - successful pitch to host Rugby World Cup 2011

Other Credentials

  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • ASX-listed Sydney Airport - Independent director. Chair of nomination and remuneration committee of MAp Airports International
  • Sovereign Assurance Company - Independent director
  • Life Flight Trust - Trustee
  • Wellington Free Ambulance Incorporated - Board member
  • Wellington Free Ambulance Trust - Trustee
  • New Zealand Rugby Union - Appeal council member
  • Institute of Directors - Chartered member
  • Financial Dispute Resolution Scheme - Independent chair