Areas of Specialisation

Corporate and Commercial Law
Securities Law
Banking and Finance


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Francis Dawson, a former partner, and now consultant to the Firm, also holds the position of Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, the University of Auckland.

Francis is widely recognized as an expert in corporate and commercial law and is able to provide specialist advice in a vast range of commercial transactions. This includes advising on financing transactions, advising trustee companies, providing advice with respect to public offers under the Securities Act 1978 (equities, debt and participatories) and advising with respect to the restructuring of companies.

Examples of significant transactions:

  • Advising NZICA about its amalgamation with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia to form Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

  • Providing advice in relation to the conversion of a building society into a registered bank listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange.

  • Advising the shareholders of a registered bank on its sale.

  • Providing advice relating to the merger of two registered banks by private Act of Parliament.

  • Advising on an investment into the New Zealand dairy industry.

  • Advising the Ministry of Economic Development on reform of the law on certain issues of debt securities.

  • Advising directors and trustees on near-insolvent restructuring.

  • Advising a multinational fund which undertakes venture capital investments on its New Zealand technology investments.