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

Aaron Lloyd

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Aaron is a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution division. He advises clients on a range of litigious and risk related matters, with particular expertise in the areas of white collar criminal and regulatory affairs, sports law and employment law.  Aaron leads our sports law practice, and is a member of the firm’s health and safety and public law teams.

Aaron is well regarded by clients for his ability to analyse and strategise complex situations. He is recognised by both clients, and his peers, for being able to implement pragmatic and commercial strategies to minimise risk and create opportunity for our clients. His ability has resulted in clients avoiding significant litigation and commercial consequences.

In 2017 Aaron was named by Chambers & Partners (Asia Pacific) as one of New Zealand’s leading sports lawyers, and has been recognised for his employment and sports law expertise in other legal directories including Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and Who’s Who.

Before joining MinterEllisonRuddWatts Aaron practiced as a barrister with Paul Davison QC, and has lectured at the University of Auckland.

Aaron Lloyd


Dispute Resolution and Litigation

P: +64 9 353 9971
M: +64 21 532 000

Andrew Horne

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Andrew specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution and leads our insurance practice. He has particular expertise in commercial and contract disputes, corporate and regulatory issues, financial services, insurance, technology and telecoms.

Andrew has acted for major listed companies and financial institutions in New Zealand and around the world. He is experienced in managing complex, high-value disputes, including taking cases to trial and resolving disputes through mediation. He also helps clients avoid disputes by resolving issues at an early stage.

Andrew began his career as an associate lawyer in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ dispute resolution team before spending nine years with Clifford Chance in London, the last three as a Partner, where he specialised in commercial disputes with a particular focus on corporate, financial services and technology litigation.

Since his return to MinterEllisonRuddWatts in 2009, Andrew has been recognised as a leading individual in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Andrew Horne


Dispute Resolution and Litigation

P: +64 9 353 9903
M: +64 21 2451 545

Andrew Monteith

Partner - Property and Real Estate

Andrew is a general commercial property and construction legal expert with particular emphasis on infrastructure, major projects, Public Private Partnerships (PPP), leasing and large scale developments, and local government.

Andrew advises both private sector and public sector clients on all aspects of commercial property. He advises the construction industry on procurement, consultancy and construction arrangements in New Zealand, and acts for a number of government and local government entities in respect of property, development and leasing matters.

Experienced at contract preparation and negotiation, Andrew advises clients on acquisitions and divestments; property due diligence, leasing, large scale developments and subdivisions, joint venture development arrangements, public works and advising overseas companies investing in New Zealand property. Andrew has considerable experience acting for offshore investors who need consent under the Overseas Investment Act for acquisitions of interests in “sensitive land”.

Some of Andrew’s clients include AUT University, Cloudy Bay, Auckland Council, Waitemata District Health Board and Tegel Foods.

Andrew has been recognised as a key individual in the “Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide” and Asia Pacific 500 for his advice on commercial property and construction matters. He was a member of the 5 person Technical Advisors Panel advising the New Zealand Government on its recent review of the Overseas Investment Act and foreign investment regime, and brings considerable experience to client applications for Overseas Investment Office approvals.

Andrew Monteith


Property and Real Estate

P: +64 9 353 9898
M: +64 21 521 064

Andrew Ryan

Partner - Tax

Andrew is the head of the MinterEllisonRuddWatts tax team and a member of the partnership’s board. He is a chartered accountant and lawyer who has been a tax adviser since 1993.

Andrew is experienced in advising clients on all aspects of New Zealand tax laws, and assists on structuring business to be tax efficient and compliant from a New Zealand and cross-border perspective.

Andrew has particular expertise in corporate taxation and obtaining binding rulings from Inland Revenue, including corporate and trust structuring, tax disputes, rulings and settlements, employment and executive remuneration taxation and mergers and acquisitions.

He acts for employers with stock option plans and high net worth individuals looking to migrate to New Zealand. Andrew has advised domestic and international clients on the full range of taxation related matters.

Andrew practices in all areas of corporate tax law for his clients which include the leading New Zealand banks, many corporates, private equity funds and international financial institutions and companies.

Andrew Ryan



P: +64 9 353 9950
M: +64 21 606 170

Bianca Tree

Partner - Environment and Planning

Bianca is a specialist in resource management and environmental law. She provides advice on all aspects of the Resource Management Act 1991 and related legislation. She has experience across a broad range of development projects and environmental issues, including in the commercial, industrial, infrastructure, aquaculture, forestry and energy sectors. Bianca’s clients value her knowledge of their business and her clear commercial advice on resource consent and planning process.

Bianca has extensive experience of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, with direct involvement in the regional policy statement, business, transport, heritage and air quality chapters. She also acted for several clients to achieve an uplift in zoning or area specific precinct controls.

Bianca also has experience in the related fields of the Public Works Act and the Local Government Act, including development contributions and private development agreements.

Bianca Tree


Environment and Planning

P: +64 9 353 9784
M: +64 27 700 8883

Briony Davies

Partner - Public Law

Briony is an experienced advisor and advocate in public law and regulatory matters. Her expertise is in the development and application of regulatory frameworks, public law litigation and dispute resolution, privacy and data protection, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and crisis management.

Briony has provided a wide range of strategic, legal and litigation advice across the airports, electricity, gas, telecommunications, primary production/processing, transport and financial services sectors. Her clients have included large regulated corporates, government agencies, quasi-regulatory bodies, industry groups, political parties and educational institutes.

Briony Davies


Public Law

P: +64 4 498 5134
M: +64 27 444 9736

Cameron Taylor

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Cameron is a partner in the Corporate team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts.  He works with clients on a broad range of strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), takeovers and takeover defence, joint ventures, restructurings, capital raising, IPO’s and corporate governance.

Cameron regularly advises leading private and listed companies, financial institutions and private equity firms. He has extensive experience in the New Zealand market, as well as in New York and London where he worked for Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, one of the world’s premier law firms. He is often invited to speak at international conferences on M&A and corporate finance.

He was admitted to the bar in New York in 2002 and in New Zealand in 1998.

Prior to his legal career, Cameron was an international athlete and competed at the Olympic Games, World Track & Field Championships, NCAA Championships and World Junior Championships. Cameron is Chair of the board of Athletics New Zealand.

He holds an M.B.A. in Finance from London Business School, an LL.B. (Hons) from the University of Auckland Law School, and a B.A. in Economics and B.B.A. in Finance from SMU in Dallas, Texas.


Cameron Taylor


Corporate and Commercial

P: +64 9 353 9749
M: +64 21 376 125

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

Chris O'Brien

Partner - Banking and Finance

Chris is a banking and financial services legal expert with particular talent in advising banks, major corporates, and trustee companies on corporate finance, cross-border leveraged lease transactions, and retail debt offers.

Chris has wide experience advising banks, financial institutions and major corporates on the full range of financing transactions, including syndicated facilities, project finance facilities, acquisition finance facilities and working capital facilities as well as advising and assisting major corporates with the introduction of new corporate lenders.

Chris O'Brien


Banking and Finance

P: +64 4 498 5133
M: +64 21 888 739

Chris Young

Partner - Intellectual Property

Chris heads the intellectual property team and brings significant expertise to his widely recognised IP practice. He gives practical advice on all aspects of IP including development, protection, transfer, enforcement and commercialisation.  He is repeatedly recommended as a leading lawyer in leading legal directories including Chambers, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Managing IP and WIPR for a strategic and commercial approach to IP over a wide range of areas.

He advises clients in a broad range of industries including FMCG, fashion/apparel, publishing, food and beverage, liquor, advertising and marketing, retail, TMT, aviation, automotive, banking and financial services, entertainment, agriculture/horticulture, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, building, forestry, education, health and ageing, transportation and energy.

With over 20 years’ experience in licensing and commercialisation, franchising, commercial arrangements and the IP aspects of transactions, including business acquisitions and mergers, and financing, commercial IP is a key area of his practice.  Chris brings his extensive commercial  IP expertise to advise and develop IP strategy for a wide range of corporate transactions including M & A,  joint ventures, licensing and other collaborations, as well as the impact on taking security over IP.

He also has significant expertise in brand strategy and managing trade mark portfolios both nationally and internationally including managing risks, launching new brands locally and internationally and strategies to commercialise, protect and enforce brands and counterfeits strategies, coupled with extensive experience with the Fair Trading Act, marketing, advertising, consumer protection, passing off and trade mark oppositions.  Chris’ expertise in IP dispute resolution and strategy sees him co-ordinate litigation strategy and provide strategic and technical advice to clients and supporting our litigation legal teams.

He also advises on film and television production acting for a range of major US studios. He advises on regulatory work in the pharmaceutical and other medical sectors.

Chris has extensive international networks including through the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the International Bar Association. He has been actively involved with INTA for many years and has been appointed to a range of INTA’s committees, including, having previously chaired INTA’s East Asia Pacific Famous Marks subcommittee and he is currently appointed to INTA’s Internet Committee, the Parallel Imports Committee and the Asia Pacific Global Advisory Council.

Chris Young


Intellectual Property

P: +64 9 353 9910
M: +64 21 342 837

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