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Cathy Quinn

Cathy Quinn


New Zealand

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Cathy leads the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity teams as well as our China practice.

Highly-regarded for her specialist legal work in mergers, acquisitions, securities law, corporate governance and private equity, Cathy is regularly sought out by international and local clients for her expertise in the areas in which she advises, and is a past Chair of the firm.

Cathy’s practice encompasses Corporate and Commercial, Government, Agribusiness and Health and Aging. She has particular expertise with Directors Duties, and was a past co-author of one of the leading company and securities law texts in New Zealand, Morison’s On Company and Securities Law, as well as being the principal author of MinterEllisonRuddWatts White Paper on Corporate Governance.

Her expertise spans mergers and acquisitions; advising on various security law issues; advising on numerous offshore ventures, acquisitions and divestments; advising on directors duties, corporate governance and general corporate law matters; advising businesses in the agribusiness sector on regulatory issues, governance, corporate law issues, restructuring, acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures; advising Asian entities on investing in New Zealand, including the dairy and forestry sector.

Cathy was a member of the Securities Commission for nine years and the only lawyer appointed to the government’s Capital Markets Development Taskforce, giving her a unique insight into the policy considerations underpinning our securities and capital markets. Cathy was an inaugural member of the Commercial Advisory Board to the New Zealand Treasury, and was appointed to the Board of the New Zealand Treasury in late 2016. She also sits on the Executive Board of the New Zealand China Council.

Cathy has advised numerous boards on governance issues. In recognition of her expertise, Cathy has provided governance training for the director community along with a major accounting firm. Cathy is a regular commentator on securities, competition and corporate law.


LLB Victoria University of Wellington
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Ranked as a Band 1 Corporate lawyer, Chambers Asia Pacific & Global
Ranked as leading in Foreign Expertise (China) Chambers Global
Ranked as a leading Corporate and M&A lawyer, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Ranked as a leading Capital Markets Corporate and M&A lawyer, IFLR1000
Awarded Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, 2016
Winner - New Zealand Business Woman of the Year - Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards 2010

Professional Associations

Member, Treasury Advisory Board
Member, Council Executive Board of The New Zealand China Council
Member, New Zealand Global Women
Former Member, Capital Market Development Taskforce
Former Member, New Zealand Business Roundtable
Former Member, New Zealand Securities Commission
Former Member, Subcommittee of the Legal Education Committee of the New Zealand Law Society


Governance and the Rise of the Activist Shareholder
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2017

As the tide of shareholder activism rises around the world, MinterEllisonRuddWatts discussed the trend and implications for New Zealand business at its annual Corporate Governance Symposium for directors and executives last night...

Additional Articles

Written and led a number of seminars throughout New Zealand on securities, corporate and competition law issues
Co-author of Morison's Company and Securities Law
Cathy was the author of the firms White Paper on Corporate Governance

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