Rachel specialises in corporate and securities law with particular expertise in equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate governance.

With a reputation for ensuring complex and involved processes run smoothly, Rachel has acted on many of New Zealand's most significant recent initial public offerings (IPOs), NZX listings and other equity capital markets transactions. She has also worked on a range of public and private M&A transactions.

Rachel is recognised as a Rising Star by independent legal directory IFLR1000 2020, as a leading lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 and Chambers Global 2020, and as a leading individual by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021.

Recent highlights

  • Acting for Deutsche Craigs and Goldman Sachs as joint lead managers of the $234m Napier Port IPO.
  • Advising Kathmandu on its $145m accelerated rights offer to partially fund the $368m acquisition of Rip Curl.
  • Acting for Fonterra on the sale of its iconic ice cream business, Tip Top, to global ice cream manufacturer Froneri for $380m.
  • Assisting Mercury on the sale of its smart-metering business, Metrix, to intelliHUB Group for $270m.
  • Acting for New Zealand King Salmon and Direct Capital on the $77.5m IPO and NZX Main Board and ASX listing of New Zealand King Salmon.
  • Key roles on the New Zealand Government’s Mixed Ownership Model programme transactions: Acting for Treasury on the $733m IPO and NZX and ASX listing of Genesis Energy, and for Mighty River Power (now Mercury) on its $1.68b IPO and NZX and ASX listing.


  • NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.
  • Sole legal representative on FMA and NZX convened Capital Markets 2029 Steering Committee.
  • INFINZ (Cert).

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A humming start to 2021 for NZ’s equity capital markets

We have observed a busy Q1, advising on all major ($5m+) equity capital market transactions on the NZX.

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My Food Bag plates up with legal experts at Chapman Tripp

Today marks a significant milestone for New Zealand well-known brand, My Food Bag, as it lists on the NZX Main Board and ASX following a successful initial public offering.

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Over $2.35b capital raised with equity capital markets experts

Our equity capital markets team has advised clients on capital raisings totalling over $2.35b since NZX Regulation released its COVID-19 relief package.

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Clients’ choice for capital raisings

Our equity capital markets team continues to be in hot demand, acting on more recent capital raisings than any other law firm in NZ..

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Six equity capital raisings in response to COVID‑19, to raise almost $2b

We have been trusted counsel on more capital raisings in response to COVID-19 than any other law firm in NZ.

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Innovation and change abounds for equity capital markets

​New Zealand’s equity capital markets are showing signs of revival, read more in the firm's annual Trends and Insights publication.

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High rankings in Chambers Asia Pacific 2020

Chapman Tripp recognised with the highest number of ranked practice areas and individuals in NZ.

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Kathmandu's transformational acquisition of Rip Curl

Assisting NZX and ASX-listed Kathmandu Holdings as lead legal advisors on the NZ$368m acquisition of Rip Curl and associated debt and equity funding arrangements.

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Chapman Tripp advise on Napier Port IPO

We advised on the NZX listing and initial public offering of shares in Napier Port, the largest IPO in NZ since 2016.

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Chapman Tripp trumpets sale of Tip Top

Advising Fonterra on the sale of its iconic ice-cream brand Tip Top to global ice cream manufacturer Froneri for $380m.

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The stage is set for more vibrant equity capital markets

The stage is set for a rebound of New Zealand’s equity capital markets, with much brighter years now firmly in sight, Chapman Tripp says.

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M&A off to strong start, but challenges on the horizon

​Regulatory risk featured large in the mergers and acquisitions market last year and is shaping up to be a big factor again this year.

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A return to form for ECM? Not this year

​​More vibrant equity capital markets may be on the horizon for New Zealand – but not this year, Chapman Tripp says.

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