- University of Auckland, 1987 and 1989-1992 – Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours), May 1993
- Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, PQE 14 years (non-practising)
- Enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 1994 (practising)
Areas of Specialisation
- Joint ventures and shareholder agreements
- Corporate transactions – acquisitions and disposals
- All aspects of due diligence
- Commercial agreements
Chris has worked for leading national and international law firms his entire career – providing corporate and commercial advice to senior management of numerous English, New Zealand and international companies. He has lived and worked in London for over 6 years and in Dubai for 3 years. He is currently based in New Zealand but with an international focus – over 75% of current clients are based overseas.
Chris focuses on joint ventures and also corporate transactional and general commercial work. His joint venture experience has been in the context of projects and also as part of post-acquisition structuring. The majority of the projects and transactions he has acted on have involved interaction with central/local government or with government owned or managed entities or organisations. He also has an excellent understanding of company law issues and compliance requirements in England, New Zealand and the UAE.
Some recent highlights include:
• Acted for Aabar Investments PJSC (Aabar) on the sale to Mubadala, Abu Dhabi, of its Pearl Energy Group oil and gas interests for over US$175 million. Chris also acted for Aabar on the negotiation of the convertible bond note issued by it to IPIC, Abu Dhabi, (in excess of US$1 billion) in Q3 2008.
• Acted for Royal Ten Cate NV in relation to the acquisition by it of Mattex Leisure Industries’ assets at Technopark, Dubai for around US$300 million.
• Acted for Dubai Roads & Transport Authority, on the Dubai Metro outsourcing and maintenance arrangements. As part of the lead team, Chris drafted and negotiated the multi-billion US dollar agreements with Serco, the UK listed company, for the maintenance and operation of the Dubai Metro.
• Review and comment on a number of conditions of tender for major listed Aberdeen-based oil and gas services company.