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Sean Gollin

Sean Gollin



  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Banking
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate and Business

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Insolvency and restructuring
Dispute Resolution Group
Sean is an experienced commercial litigation lawyer. His practice spans a broad range of commercial and contract disputes. Particular areas of expertise include banking and financial services litigation, product liability, corporate and shareholder disputes, claims against directors and other fiduciaries, property and trusts litigation, cross-border issues and maritime law.

Sean has appeared as counsel at all levels of the courts system and before various arbitral and other tribunals. He has also completed the Oxford Programme of Negotiation and regularly engages in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

In addition to his commercial litigation practice, Sean is a leading receivership, insolvency and restructuring lawyer. Significant transactions he has acted on include Central North Island Forest Partnership, Crafar Farms, Kawarau Falls, Reef Shipping, Solid Energy, Yarrows Bakers, Torchlight LP, and Dick Smith. He advises secured and unsecured creditors, lending syndicates, insolvency practitioners, boards and other stakeholders, and regularly acts for banks and all major insolvency advisory firms.


MComLaw(Hons) University of Auckland
LLB(Hons) University of Auckland
BA University of Auckland
Oxford Programme of Negotiation Said Business School University of Oxford
Areas of Practice

Admiralty and Maritime | Banking | Commercial Litigation | Corporate and Business | Corporate Litigation | Finance | Insolvency | Litigation | PPSA/CCCF | Property Law | Securities | Trusts

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Ranked as a leading Insolvency and Restructuring lawyer Chambers Asia Pacific
Ranked as a leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyer The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Ranked as a leading Insolvency and Restructuring lawyer IFLR1000

Professional Associations

Member RITANZ (the New Zealand chapter of INSOL)
Member Banking and Financial Services Law Association
Member IBA


Court of Appeal Confirms Liability of Mainzeal Directors
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2021

The Court of Appeal has delivered its eagerly anticipated judgment in proceedings brought by the liquidators of Mainzeal Property and Construction Ltd against its former directors, including Richard Yan and Dame Jenny Shipley. In those proceedings, the liquidators sought compensation for breach of certain statutory duties of directors engaged on a company’s insolvency: sections 135 (reckless trading) and 136 (incurring obligations) of the Companies Act 1993...

Supreme Court Raises the Stakes for Directors of Distressed Businesses
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

The Supreme Court last Thursday released its long awaited decision on directors duties engaged on a company’s insolvency –Debut Homes Limited (in liquidation) v Cooper[2020] NZSC 100. The decision has profound implications for directors confronted with a business experiencing material financial distress and more broadly, for creditors, lenders and the insolvency profession...

Additional Articles

Chapters on Cross Border Insolvency and the UNCITRAL Model Law in Heath & Whale on Insolvency

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