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Silvana Schenone

Silvana Schenone



  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate and Business
  • International Trade

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Capital Markets
Commercial Law
Corporate and Business
IBA Group
Silvana is a corporate and commercial partner who is experienced in advising local and foreign clients on a range of corporate matters. With extensive expertise in M&A, private equity investments, takeovers, scheme of arrangements, capital raisings and corporate governance matters, Silvana is renowned for her ability to get the most complex and innovative deals done in a pragmatic way.

Skilled at getting to the heart of the matter and delivering excellent results for her clients, Silvana has been involved in some of New Zealand most iconic transactions, including a number of market “firsts”, setting precedent in the New Zealand legal market.

In doing so, Silvana regularly liaises with regulatory authorities including the Financial Markets Authority, the New Zealand Stock Exchange and the Overseas Investment Office.

Silvana is a board member of the New Zealand Takeovers Panel, evidence of her expertise and experience in the M&A and capital markets sectors locally and internationally.

The caliber of Silvana’s work is recognised in the independent and premiere international legal directory Chambers Global for her M&A, IPOs, takeovers and corporate governance work, with clients saying “I give her an A+ – the work she does is excellent, sophisticated, thorough and detailed.” and commenting that Silvana is “a fantastic lawyer who is smart, commercially minded and able to deal with different parties in a pragmatic manner.”

She has a remarkable international background, having practiced law in New York, Chile and New Zealand. Her practice includes a Latin-American focus, where Silvana maintains a broad network of contacts. Due to her international experience she is ideally positioned to assist clients with all aspects of the overseas investment process as it applies to the acquisition of businesses or significant assets in New Zealand.

Silvana is a published author, having written ‘Duties and Responsibilities of Directors and Company Secretaries in New Zealand’, a highly acclaimed text referred to by the directors’ community in New Zealand.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the bar in New Zealand (2007) and Chile (2001)


LLM Harvard University, 2006
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Hons - first in class)
Facultad de Derecho, 2000
Areas of Practice

Capital Markets | Commercial Law | Corporate and Business | International Trade | Mergers & Acquisitions | Securities

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Ranked as a leading Corporate lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific and Global
Ranked as a leading lawyer in Foreign Expertise (Chile) by Chambers Global
Highly commended as New Zealand Dealmaker of the Year, Australian Law Awards 2017

Professional Associations

Member Takeovers Panel
Member Latin America New Zealand Business Council (LANZBC)
Overseas Member Australia Latin America Business Council
Member Global Women


Is Your Business Fit to Lead in the New World Economy?
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

There can be few tougher tests of leadership than the ones that 2020 has thrown at company directors and leaders. The days of worrying about disruption driven by technology seem like a dream in comparison with the urgency, pace, breadth and scale of the challenges that have pounded companies and sectors up and down New Zealand – and around the world...

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)...

NZX Releases Continuous Disclosure Update to Issuers in Response to COVID-19
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2020

NZX Regulation has today released an update providing guidance for issuers on the approach to disclosure in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19. The full text of the NZX update is available here...

Additional Articles

"Latin American the Next Asia" - Minter Ellison Rudd Watts presentation on the legal aspects of investments in Latin America (March 2010)

"The legal world in Chile, New York and New Zealand" NZLawyer, Issue 120 (September 2009)

"Corporate Ownership: A Realistic Perspective" Degree Thesis, Harvard University (2006)

"The due process and its articulation in the Chilean Tax Legislation in force. A perspective of Chilean and Comparative Law" Degree Thesis, PUC (2000)

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