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MinterEllisonRuddWatts's Overview

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is one of New Zealand's leading law firms, with offices in Auckland and Wellington. As a full-service law firm we advise our clients in a wide range of practice areas such as corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, competition and regulatory issues, finance, real estate, dispute resolution, public law, employment, and taxation.

Our lawyers work across industry sectors, specialist legal areas and offices, offering clients the benefit of their specialist expertise, industry knowledge and national support.

The firm is a member of the MinterEllison Legal Group, one of the largest full-service legal groups in the Asia-Pacific region, with more than 290 partners and 900 legal staff worldwide. Through an integrated network of offices in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and the UK, our specialist lawyers support both local business and international companies with a range of services.

  • Lawyers Worldwide: 250


Areas of Practice
  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Agricultural
  • Antitrust and Unfair Competition
  • Asia
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Competition
  • Construction
  • Corporate and Business
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Education
  • Employment and Labor
  • Energy
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Growth companies
  • Information Technology
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade
  • Investment Funds
  • Joint Ventures
  • Litigation
  • Major projects/PPPs
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Natural Resources
  • Privacy
  • Project Financing
  • Property Law
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory
  • Securities
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Superannuation
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Trademarks
  • Trusts
  • White Collar Crime



Kate Anderson

Kate AndersonSenior Associate

Lauren Archer

Lauren ArcherSenior Associate

Kate Cruickshank

Kate CruickshankSenior Associate

Miles Dean

Miles DeanSenior Associate

Duncan MacKenzie

Duncan MacKenzieSenior Associate

Alexandra Parker

Alexandra ParkerSenior Associate

Adrianne Reid

Adrianne ReidSenior Associate

Of Counsel

Clare Sinnott

Clare SinnottSpecial Counsel

Emma Warden

Emma WardenSpecial Counsel


Geena Billows

Geena BillowsMarketing Coordinator

Silvia Brown

Silvia Curin BrownSenior Solicitor

Paul Foley

Paul FoleyConsultant

Jock Nicolson

Jock NicolsonConsultant


New Powers to be Introduced to Overseas Investment Rules
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2019

Associate Finance Minister, the Hon. David Parker, has announced further changes to the Overseas Investment Act (the Act). The changes signalled include: National interest test A new national interest test would grant the Minister power to decline an application where the Minister considers the investment not to be in the national interest. The Hon. Minister Parker has indicated that this test would apply to critical infrastructure such as ports, airports, telecommunication and electricity infrastructure...

Insurance Conduct and Culture - A New Regulatory Focus
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2018

Australian Royal Commission and New Zealand review Insurers and insurance intermediaries in New Zealand are under intense scrutiny by regulators, the media and customers as the Australian Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry unfolds. The Financial Markets Authority and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand are undertaking their own review of the banking, insurance, superannuation and financial adviser sectors to determine whether the systemic failures that have been identified in Australia exist in New Zealand.  The focus is upon business processes, conduct and culture...

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MinterEllisonRuddWatts Advises TOMRA in Acquisition of BBC Technologies
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2018

Norwegian-listed company, TOMRA has announced it has acquired BBC Technologies – a Hamilton based, but globally focused, developer and manufacturer of leading fruit sorting technology. The deal sees BBC Technologies’ precision grading systems and innovative punnet and clamshell filling solutions for blueberries and other small fruits join TOMRA Food’s own fruit inspection and grading technology portfolio. The deal follows TOMRA’s acquisition of Auckland-based fruit sorting company Compac in 2016, and is aligned with the company’s strategy to invest in well-managed businesses while adding to its capability...

Kraft Heinz acquires food and coffee business of Cerebos Pacific
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2017

MinterEllison and MinterEllisonRuddWatts advised The Kraft Heinz Company on its acquisition of Cerebos Pacific Ltd’s food and instant coffee business, including iconic brands Gravox, SAXA, Fountain and Foster Clark’s. Cerebos Pacific is a Singaporean subsidiary of Japan’s Suntory Beverage & Food. Under the agreement, The Kraft Heinz Company, via wholly-owned subsidiaries, will acquire Cerebos’s subsidiary entities in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore for approximately $290 million AUD. Cerebos will retain its fresh coffee business in Australia and New Zealand which added to the complexity of the transaction...

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