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Cathy Quinn ONZM

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Cathy leads the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity teams as well as our China practice. Cathy was chair of our firm for 8 years from 2009-2016.

Highly-regarded for her specialist legal work in mergers, acquisitions, securities law, corporate governance and private equity, Cathy is regularly sought out by international and local clients for her expertise in the areas in which she advises, and is a past Chair of the firm.

Cathy’s practice encompasses Corporate and Commercial, Government, Agribusiness and Health and Aging. She has particular expertise with Directors Duties, and was a past co-author of one of the leading company and securities law texts in New Zealand, Morison’s On Company and Securities Law, as well as being the principal author of MinterEllisonRuddWatts White Paper on Corporate Governance.

Her expertise spans mergers and acquisitions; advising on various security law issues; advising on numerous offshore ventures, acquisitions and divestments; advising on directors duties, corporate governance and general corporate law matters; advising businesses in the agribusiness sector on regulatory issues, governance, corporate law issues, restructuring, acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures; advising Asian entities on investing in New Zealand, including the dairy and forestry sector.

Cathy was a member of the Securities Commission for nine years and the only lawyer appointed to the government’s Capital Markets Development Taskforce, giving her a unique insight into the policy considerations underpinning our securities and capital markets. Cathy was an inaugural member of the Commercial Advisory Board to the New Zealand Treasury, and was appointed to the Board of the New Zealand Treasury in late 2016. Cathy is on the Executive Board of the New Zealand China Council. Cathy is a director of Tourism Holdings Limited.

Cathy has advised numerous boards on governance issues. In recognition of her expertise, Cathy has provided governance training for the director community along with a major accounting firm. Cathy is a regular commentator on securities, competition and corporate law.

Cathy Quinn ONZM


Corporate and Commercial

P: +64 9 353 9951
M: +64 21 610 771

Lloyd Kavanagh

Chair and Partner - Financial Services

Chair of the MinterEllisonRuddWatts partnership and ranked Band 1 for Investment Funds by Chambers Asia Pacific, Lloyd is a highly regarded opinion-leader on financial services and an expert in corporate governance.

Lloyd is acclaimed by commentators and clients in international research publications.

In recognition for his work on financial markets law reform, Lloyd was made a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc. (INFINZ), the first lawyer to receive the accolade. His expertise is proven by being the co-author of Morison’s Company and Securities Law and MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ Corporate Governance White Paper. Lloyd is also a former member of the New Zealand Securities Commission.

Lloyd advises institutions and boutiques on investment funds, equity and debt offerings, and managed investment schemes of all types, specialising in public offers, M&A, and restructuring projects. He advises on securities regulation including Financial Markets Conduct Act, Financial Advisers Act, AML/CFT, and directors’ duties.

Lloyd Kavanagh

Chair and Partner

Financial Services

P: +64 9 353 9976
M: +64 21 786 172

Mike Schubert

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Mike looks after all aspects of the firm’s business and professional responsibilities including client engagement, overall staff management and development, and leading the senior management team.

Previously a PwC Partner for 28 years, Mike has led teams in Corporate Finance, Transaction Services, Assurance and Consulting. He is known for his leadership capabilities and broad experience, with clients saying that they appreciate his commercial focus.

Mike has spent time living in both Auckland and Wellington during his career, and also brings international best practice experience to the firm having worked in Canada and Switzerland with many large private and public sector clients

Mike Schubert

Chief Executive Officer


P: +64 9 353 9998
M: +64 21 714 488

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