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Paul Foley

Paul Foley



  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate and Business

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Energy and Resources
Paul practises in all areas of corporate law, has a reputation for innovative thinking, providing the input that has enabled complex transactions to be worked through to a successful conclusion.

Paul’s corporate advisory spans governance, continuous disclosure obligations, directors’ duties and Companies Act, Securities Act, Takeovers Code and Listing Rules advice. Paul also provides leading advice on strategic transactions, mergers and acquisitions, take overs, equity capital raisings, and foreign investment approvals.

He has experience as an external director, including as Chair of a publicly listed company.

Bar Admissions

High Court of New Zealand 1985
Supreme Court of New South Wales (Australia) 2003


BCA Victoria University of Wellington, 1985
LLB Victoria University of Wellington, 1983
Areas of Practice

Capital Markets | Commercial Law | Commercial Litigation | Corporate and Business | Energy | Government | Joint Ventures | Mergers & Acquisitions | Natural Resources | Securities

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Lawyer of the Year, Capital Markets - Best Lawyers in New Zealand 2014
Listed lawyer, Energy, Oil and Gas - Best Lawyers in New Zealand 2013 and 2014
Leading lawyer (Mergers and acquisitions) - International Financial Law Review 2014-2011
Leading individual - Chambers Global 2014-2008
Leading individual - Chambers Asia Pacific 2014-2013
Experienced corporate lawyer Paul Foley continues to be "a sought-after lawyer in the energy field."
Listed lawyer - Energy, Oil and Gas, Best Lawyers in New Zealand 2013
Leading Energy, Oil and Gas lawyer - The Best Lawyers in New Zealand 2010-2008
Recommended individual - PLC Which Lawyer 2013-2005
Recommended individual - ALB Guide: Energy & Resources 2009
Recommended individual - PLC Handbook 2006/2007

Professional Associations

Board Member, National Provident Fund
Chairman, Grosvenor Financial Services Group Limited
Director, Grosvenor Assurance Limited
Chairman, Queen Margaret College, Wellington


Facilitator of seminars on Companies Legislation

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

Co-author of LexisNexis "Morison's Company and Securities Law"

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