Liam Stoneley Liam Stoneley

Liam Stoneley
Rōia Matua (Senior Solicitor)

Corporate & commercial
Māori business

Liam specialises in corporate and securities law, focusing on equity capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate governance.

With a broad experience in securities law, he advises listed clients on all aspects of equity capital markets transactions, listed company compliance, and corporate governance matters.

Liam also has experience assisting a broad range of clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, complex commercial contracts and regulatory compliance.

Liam is of Ngāi Tahu descent and is a member of our Māori Legal Group, Te Waka Ture, providing strategic and commercial advice for iwi and hapū, Māori businesses, Māori owning entities and clients looking to work with them. He has appeared before the Māori Land Court.

Recent highlights

 Has advised:

  • Auckland Racing Club (now Auckland Thoroughbred Racing Incorporated) on its amalgamation with the Counties Racing Club, to create combined “super club” with assets north of $130m
  • NZX-listed Precinct on its $250m innovative placement and supersized share purchase plan equity capital raising
  • NZX and ASX-listed Oceania on its first equity capital raising via a $100m placement and supersized share purchase plan
  • the independent directors of NZX-listed Precinct on the $215m internalisation of its management arrangements
  • Ngāpuhi Asset Holding Company on all aspects of its joint venture with Northland grower Maungatapere Berries and Far North District Council to develop a sustainability-focused, high-tech hydroponics berryfruit operation, which is set to become one of the largest employers in the region
  • the underwriters of SKYCITY’s equity raising responding to COVID-19 through an underwritten placement of $180m, and a follow-on $50m share purchase plan.


  • Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
  • Member of Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand.
  • Member of Te Hunga Roia Māori o Aotearoa.

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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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On ground floor with Precinct in innovative deal

We are pleased to be assisting Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited in its $250m equity raising.

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Oceania raises $100m for acquisitions in Auckland

Oceania Healthcare has successfully raised $100m to fund the acquisition of a premium Auckland retirement village, Waterford at Hobsonville Point and its currently leased Franklin site and adjacent land for development.

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Te Waka Ture assists Ngāpuhi invest in one of NZ's largest soft berryfruit growing operations

A joint venture, led by the investment arm of Ngāpuhi, partnering with Northland grower Maungatapere Berries and Far North District Council, will develop a sustainability-focused, high-tech hydroponics berryfruit operation.

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Tikanga Māori increasingly prevalent in law

NZ is in a period of transformative recognition of tikanga Māori in the law, now more prevalent in legislation and increasingly being recognised as an integral part of decision-making.

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Iwi business flourishing – more benefits for members

The Māori economy has powered beyond $50b and business-savvy iwi are now extending their investment into more social initiatives that directly benefit iwi members.

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Crown-Māori relationship evolves as $50b industry grows

Continued growth in the Māori economy off the back of what has been a tumultuous Treaty settlement process will see more active participation of iwi groups in New Zealand’s domestic M&A market, Chapman Tripp says.

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