We advise listed and private companies, private equity and venture capital funds, entrepreneurs, and start-ups on buying, selling and investing in businesses, raising capital in the public and private markets and on their important commercial transactions.
We provide strategic, corporate governance and regulatory advice to boards of directors, senior executives and corporates.
We advise on general corporate and commercial matters.
Although we specialise in corporate law, we regularly access other areas of expertise as required to provide the full range of legal services. We take responsibility for project managing those other experts so that you have a single point of contact
David is a highly-respected, leading New Zealand corporate lawyer. He has a reputation for providing clear, concise advice, and for achieving pragmatic, commercial outcomes.
David was a partner at Bell Gully for many years, except for four years in the 1990s when he was a member of the senior executive team, general counsel and company secretary of Carter Holt Harvey.
Clients have commented (through Chambers Asia-Pacific, a respected global legal directory) that David “uses his broad international and in‑house experience to bring a pragmatic, commercial perspective to his work” and “is affable and easy to deal with, but not a pushover”. The 2015 edition refers to David’s “unflappable nature,” and notes that “when you've got emotional shareholders and a process is very convoluted, he can just walk through the middle of it; he reads people and tone brilliantly”.
David is a recent former member of the Takeovers Panel and recent Chair of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.
BA (Cantab), MA (Cantab), St John’s College, Cambridge University
1979, England and Wales (non-practising)
1985, New Zealand
Current governance roles
Director of The Todd Corporation
Chair of Suncorp New Zealand
Director of Harmoney Corp
Chair of AFT Pharmaceuticals
Daniel advises on a broad spectrum of corporate and capital markets transactions, with particular expertise in mid-market M&A, Takeovers Code transactions, complex joint venture and shareholder arrangements, and innovative forms of capital raising (including social bonds and equity crowdfunding).
Daniel is lead legal adviser to a number of NZX-listed companies, including on listing rule and corporate governance matters.
Six transactions on which Daniel has advised have won or been nominated as finalist across “M&A Deal of the Year”, “Mid-Market Deal of the Year”, “Capital Markets Deal of the Year” and “Consumer, Media and Tech Deal of the Year” at the last six New Zealand Law Awards.
Daniel is in the elite tier of leading individuals for Corporate and M&A in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022, with a client commenting in the 2020 edition that he "is the best legal partner in our market in my opinion. He can be credited with drafting documentation to solve the needs of clients on several occasions when other legal partners were unable to solve the issues”.
In Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022, Daniel is praised by clients for being "a lawyer who creates solutions, not roadblocks" and "very, very commercial and one of the best I've worked with". Daniel is also recognised for his expertise in public M&A, private equity transactions and equity capital markets matters.
Daniel regularly presents to lawyers on corporate, and capital markets, law. Daniel was also a member of the regulatory working group of Capital Markets 2029 (the industry-led review of New Zealand's capital markets sponsored by the Financial Markets Authority and NZX).
Before co-founding Flacks & Wong, Daniel was a senior associate at Bell Gully in Auckland and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in London.
LLB (First Class Honours), BCA (Finance and Management), Victoria University of Wellington
2002, New Zealand
2008, England and Wales (non-practising)
Current governance roles
Trustee of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Foundation
Katie is a highly experienced and skilled corporate and commercial lawyer, with particular expertise in capital raising transactions, shareholder arrangements and M&A.
Katie is heavily involved in New Zealand’s start-up ecosystem advising both founders and investors, with a focus on impact investment.
Clients have praised Katie’s advice for being “incisive, timely, practical and consummately professional”.
Katie commenced her career in the corporate and commercial team at Bell Gully in Auckland, during which time she was also seconded to work with various business units within Carter Holt Harvey. Before joining Flacks & Wong, Katie was a senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills in London in its capital markets and private equity teams.
LLB, BCom, University of Auckland
2011, New Zealand
Rebecca advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions, as well as regulatory compliance and governance matters.
Rebecca's experience includes advising on all aspects of M&A transactions and shareholder arrangements as well as other commercial contracts and terms, providing regulatory advice (including on AML/CFT matters) and assisting entities with their board charters, compliance documents and policies.
Before joining Flacks & Wong, Rebecca was a senior consultant at AML Solutions and a senior associate at Bell Gully in Auckland.
LLB(Hons), BA, University of Auckland
2004, New Zealand
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Level 5, Shortland Chambers Building
70 Shortland Street
PO Box 591