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Cathy Quinn

Cathy Quinn



  • Agricultural
  • Asia
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate and Business
  • Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

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IBA Group
Cathy practices in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity teams as well as our China practice. Cathy was chair of our firm for eight years from 2009-2016.

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. Cathy is on the Executive Board of the New Zealand China Council. Cathy is a director of Fletcher Building Limited and Fletcher Building Industries Limited, Rangatira Investments and Tourism Holdings Limited.

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.

Bar Admissions

1987, New Zealand


LLB, Victoria University of Wellington
Areas of Practice

Agricultural | Asia | Capital Markets | Commercial Law | Corporate and Business | Government | Mergers & Acquisitions | Securities

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Ranked as a Band 1 lawyer – Corporate/Commercial, Chambers Asia Pacific & Global
Ranked as leading in Foreign Expertise (China), Chambers Global
Ranked as a Leading Individual – Corporate and M&A, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Ranked as a Market Leader – M&A, Capital Markets and Private Equity, IFLR1000
Recognised for Capital Markets Law, Corporate Law (Corporate Governance), Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Private Equity Law, Best Lawyers
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

Independent Director, Fletcher Building
Director, Tourism Holdings Limited
Director, Rangatira Investments
Independent Chair, Fertility Associates
Member, Treasury Advisory Board
Member, New Zealand Global Women
Former Member, Council Executive Board of The New Zealand China Council
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


The International Education Sector and COVID-19
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2020

As with many sectors, there will be challenging times ahead for the international education industry. Many education providers will have international students who are here in New Zealand studying but very worried about what is going on back home and requiring heightened pastoral care. There is increasing uncertainty around what will happen in relation to international students enrolled to start in later semesters...

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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