Other industries

Our people have experience in a large range of industries, whether it's specific laws and legal framework – or if you just want to talk to someone that understands your business – we can help.

"They are commercially aware and make the effort to know our business, and they bend over backwards to assist us." Chambers Asia Pacific

How we help

  • Agribusiness
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Education
  • Film and Entertainment
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure
  • Māori Sector
  • Transport, Road, Rail and Ports
  • Latin America

Who can help

David Gilbert

Partner - Property and Real Estate

David is a highly regarded commercial property lawyer who has advised on some of New Zealand’s largest property transactions and developments.

Advising on property acquisitions, property developments and leasing, David has particular expertise in putting together complex acquisition agreements, project contracts, commercial subdivisions, including office, retail and industrial properties, shopping centres and industrial parks.

David has extensive public and private sector experience in due diligence, and the acquisition and disposal of land, retail premises and office complexes. He also has experience advising clients, including the Crown, in the health, military and energy sectors.

David represents major asset managers in their property portfolio requirements from acquisition, including Overseas Investment Office compliance, management and divestment. David reviews and coordinates property leases.

David also specialises in infrastructure projects, with experience in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom and a focus on public private partnerships (PPP).

David Gilbert


Property and Real Estate

P: +64 9 353 9978
M: +64 21 634 190

John McCay

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

John is an experienced corporate and commercial, and public sector lawyer.

He has extensive experience in corporate, commercial law and public law, with a particular emphasis on the infrastructure, technology, gaming, sports, film and entertainment and arts and culture.

John undertakes a broad range of legal work with a particular emphasis on corporate governance, commercial contracting and procurement, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, intellectual property, and film and television financing.

Recognised as a leading TMT, entertainment, information technology and sports lawyer, John has been consistently listed by publications such as Asialaw, Chambers Global, Australian Legal Business Guide, The Best Lawyers in New Zealand and Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers.

John currently serves as a member of the board of each of New Zealand on Air and New Zealand Film Commission.

John McCay


Corporate and Commercial

P: +64 4 498 5135
M: +64 21 606 171

Kate Lane

Partner - Banking and Finance

Kate is a banking and finance lawyer with specialist legal knowledge advising financiers, borrowers and other market participants across a broad range of areas, from institutional finance to consumer finance.

Kate Lane


Banking and Finance

P: +64 9 353 9992
M: +64 21 610 860

Richard Wells

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Richard is a commercial lawyer with particular expertise in technology, media and telecommunications law, intellectual property, commercial contracting and sport.

He advises clients on issues arising at all stages in the product lifecycle and is an expert legal draftsperson and troubleshooter.  Richard is sought after to help establish new ventures and to commercialise new technology both in New Zealand and overseas.

As well as his technology practice, with a background in commercial and IP law, Richard is recognised as a leading Sports and Events lawyer ranked as Band 1 by international research directory Chambers Asia Pacific. He has broad experience working with event hosts, sponsors and stakeholders to deal with issues arising in relation to major events in New Zealand.

Richard Wells


Corporate and Commercial

P: +64 9 353 9908
M: +64 21 244 0238

Robert Falvey

Senior International Counsel - Corporate and Commercial

Robert is a specialist corporate and commercial lawyer with a wealth of experience advising on domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, divestments, public offerings, securities law, corporate reorganisations, technology licensing, joint ventures, due diligence reviews, film and television production, financing and contract law.

Robert has advised on various corporate funding arrangements and disposals in the energy and oil and gas sectors. He advises the financial services industry on mergers, acquisitions and restructures; and the technology industry on all aspects of media production and global cross border transactions. Robert also advises the film and entertainment industry on production aspects, and the forestry sector on private mergers and acquisitions.

In the corporate market, Robert’s focus is in-bound cross-border transactions advising clients on public (takeovers code) mergers and acquisitions. He advises public and private clients on all aspects of corporate governance, private equity, equity capital markets and commercial contracting.

Robert Falvey

Senior International Counsel

Corporate and Commercial

P: +64 9 353 9740
M: +64 21 610 873

Silvana Schenone

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Silvana is a corporate and commercial partner and leads our Auckland corporate legal team. She 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 calibre 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.

Silvana Schenone


Corporate and Commercial

P: +64 9 353 9986
M: +64 21 312402

Tom Fail

Partner - Banking and Finance

With an extensive career in general banking, corporate finance and project finance matters, Tom provides advice to a number of industries including financial services, infrastructure, government as well as energy and resources.

Tom has led secured and unsecured syndicated lending, restructuring and acquisition, leveraged finance and project finance transactions. He is widely recognised for acting on all the major government PPPs and private sector project finance transactions.

Amongst his many accolades, Tom is named as a leading New Zealand lawyer for banking and finance in Chambers Global and the International Financial Law Review, and recognised by Who’s Who Legal for project finance and banking.

Tom Fail


Banking and Finance

P: +64 9 353 9913
M: +64 21 966 835

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