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Barry Brown


Corporate & commercial

For more than 35 years, Barry has worked with domestic and multi-national clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law and general business strategies.

Barry has advised on many of New Zealand's biggest deals. Career highlights in the public sector include advising government on the sale of Telecom (now Spark) and Bank of New Zealand, and on the recapitalisation of Air New Zealand. In the private sector he advised Lloyds TSB Bank on the £2.25b sale of National Bank, Independent Newspapers on the $1.19b sale of its publishing business to the Fairfax Group, International Paper on the $1.6b sale of its Carter Holt Harvey interest and Shell on the sale of its New Zealand downstream assets.

Barry is recognised as a leading lawyer in corporate and commercial, and mergers and acquisitions, by Chambers Global, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, IFLR 1000 and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

Recent highlights

Has advised:

  • Wilmar International and First Pacific Capital on the New Zealand aspects of their AU$1.32b takeover of Goodman Fielder
  • Beijing Automotive Group on its investment in Hamilton-based aviation company Pacific Aerospace
  • US healthcare investment fund Capital Royalty on its equity investment in New Zealand-based AFT Pharmaceuticals
  • Treasury on the sell down of part of the Crown's stake in Air New Zealand for $365m, as part of the Government's share offer programme
  • Foodstuffs Wellington on its merger with Foodstuffs Auckland to form New Zealand's largest retail grocery operation
  • Shell on its $700m divestment of its New Zealand refining, distribution and marketing business and also on $700m divestment of its cornerstone stake in Fulton Hogan, a leading infrastructure contractor.


  • Member of Audit Oversight Committee of the Financial Markets Authority.
  • Chair of the National Animal Identification and Tracing Information System Access Panel.
  • Former member of the New Zealand Stock Exchange's Market Surveillance Panel.
  • Former Chair of the Chapman Tripp Board.

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Auckland clubs approve amalgamation in watershed deal for the racing industry

Members of the Auckland Racing Club (ARC) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of ARC and Counties Racing Club (CRC) amalgamating into a new combined club, named Auckland Thoroughbred Racing Incorporated.

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