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Rodney Craig

Rodney Craig



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

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Capital Markets
Commercial Law
Corporate and Business
Mergers & Acquisitions
Privately Owned Businesses
Rodney leads the Wellington corporate team and specialises in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and advising early-stage and growth businesses.

Rodney has an NZX Diploma and has advised a range of listed companies, NZX firms and substantial shareholders in relation to their participation in New Zealand’s capital markets. He regularly provides advice on capital markets, including advice on the NZX Listing and Participant Rules, the Takeovers Code, and Securities Markets Act.

A significant part of Rodney’s practice involves assisting early-stage and growth businesses with their legal needs: from day-to-day contracting and compliance issues through to advising on expansion activities and other significant transactions (such as raising capital, the entry or exit of shareholders, entering into joint ventures, or restructuring the business).

Rodney provides sound, pragmatic advice and is able to communicate complex issues in an easy to understand way. He regularly presents seminars and workshops on commercial and corporate law issues, and is a co-author of Lexis Nexis Practical Business Law and several chapters of Morison’s Company Law.


LLB Victoria University Wellington (1998)
NZX Diploma (2006)
Areas of Practice

Capital Markets | Commercial Law | Corporate and Business | Government | Growth companies | Insolvency | Mergers & Acquisitions

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Leading individual - Chambers Global Corporate/Commercial 2012, 2013
Leading individual - Chambers Asia Pacific Corporate/Commercial 2012, 2013

Professional Associations

Member of The Institute of Directors in New Zealand


Feel the Buzz - Modernising the Business of Bees
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2018

Beekeeping. Once predominantly a home craft and hobby, it has transformed into a multi-million-dollar industry in recent years as the world discovers an appetite for New Zealand honey, and the highly valued manuka variety in particular. The industry has seen stellar growth over the last few years. Bee products currently bring in $300 million annually – a rapid rise from $98 million in 2010 – and the Government is targeting $1...

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 "Morison's Company Law"
Co-author of the New Zealand chapter of "The International Guide to Public Procurement 2013 Edition"
2012 LexisNexis Contract Law Masterclass “Overcoming the challenges when contracting with government agencies”
2011 Conferenz Annual Regulatory Evolution Summit: “The super-regulator and financial markets: The new Financial Markets Authority”
2010 Conferenz Reviewing Securities and Investment Regulation in New Zealand: “Financial Markets Authority – Examining the ‘Super-Regulator’”
2010 and 2008 LexisNexis Contract Law Masterclass: “The Impact of Insolvency on Contractual Arrangements”
2009 NZICA Seminar: “Gloom to Boom: Protecting Directors and Shareholders”

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