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Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan



  • Construction
  • Corporate and Business
  • Finance
  • Insolvency
  • Taxation

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IBA Group
Andrew is the head of the MinterEllisonRuddWatts tax team. He is a chartered accountant and lawyer who has been a tax adviser since 1993.

Andrew is experienced in advising clients on all aspects of New Zealand tax laws, and assists on structuring business to be tax efficient and compliant from a New Zealand and cross-border perspective.

Andrew has particular expertise in corporate taxation and obtaining binding rulings from Inland Revenue, including corporate and trust structuring, tax disputes, rulings and settlements, employment and executive remuneration taxation and mergers and acquisitions.

He acts for employers with stock option plans and high net worth individuals looking to migrate to New Zealand. Andrew has advised domestic and international clients on the full range of taxation related matters.

Andrew practices in all areas of corporate tax law for his clients which include the leading New Zealand banks, many corporates, private equity funds and international financial institutions and companies.

Bar Admissions

1996, New Zealand


MTaxS (Hons) University of Auckland
CA Institute of Chartered Accountants
LLB University of Otago
BCA Victoria University of Wellington
Areas of Practice

Construction | Corporate and Business | Finance | Insolvency | Litigation | Mergers & Acquisitions | Taxation | Trusts

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Ranked as a leading Tax lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific
Ranked as a Leading Individual – Tax, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Recognised for Tax Law, Best Lawyers
Ranked as a leading Tax lawyer, World Tax

Professional Associations

  • International Bar Association

Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand
Member, International Fiscal Association (New Zealand)
Member, New Zealand Law Society Tax Reform Committee


PIE Changes – PIE Tax Annual Assessment Process
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2021

Inland Revenue has announced that from the 2021 tax year changes will be made to ensure consistency in the taxation of Portfolio Investment Entity (PIE) income. The general guidance is available online here. Who needs to read it? Why? Banks and financial institutions (PIE Providers) and individuals with PIE income...

Inland Revenue Consultation on “Negative Interest” Payments
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

Inland Revenue has released an exposure draft for public consultation. The exposure draft sets out Inland Revenue’s guidance relating to the application of the Resident Withholding Tax (RWT) and Non-Resident Withholding Tax (NRWT) rules to situations where negative interest payments are made, concluding that such payments will not be subject to withholding taxes. The exposure draft is available here...

COVID-19 “Safe Harbour” Not for Sinking Ships
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2020

Director’s personal liability for company tax debts On 10 July 2020, Inland Revenue issued a public ruling (the Ruling) considering the application of the asset stripping rules (under which directors and shareholders may be personally liable for company tax debts) in the context of the recently enacted exception to certain directors’ duties under the Companies Act 1993 (the Safe Harbour)...

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