Roger Wallis Roger Wallis

Roger Wallis

Corporate & commercial

Roger specialises in corporate and securities law. He advises on public market mergers and acquisitions, equity capital market transactions, business reorganisations, corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

Consistently ranked as a leading individual by independent legal directories, he is recognised as a Band 1 lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 and Chambers Global 2020. Roger is also highly regarded in capital markets by IFLR1000 2020, and is recognised as a leading individual by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021.

Recent highlights

Has advised:

  • NZX-listed Precinct on its $250m innovative placement and supersized share purchase plan retail equity capital raising, and NZX and ASX-listed Oceania on its acquisition of Waterford on the Park and associated $100m placement and supersized share purchase plan equity capital raising
  • NZX-listed Savor on the sale of Moa Brewing Company, acquisition of Amano and Matua Road Farms businesses, and associated rights issue
  • Les Mills International Limited on the acquisition of an 18% strategic investment by the Accident Compensation Corporation
  • the underwriters of SKYCITY’s equity raising responding to COVID-19 through an underwritten placement of $180m placement, and a follow-on $50m share purchase plan
  • Me Today on its listing on the NZX Main Board through a reverse listing transaction, the first equity issuer listing on NZX in 2020, and Me Today’s $26m acquisition of King Honey and associated $15.75m equity raising in June 2021
  • Metlifecare on its $1.3b scheme of arrangement with Asia Pacific Village Group, owned by EQT Infrastructure IV fund
  • Vector on the sale of its Kapuni gas treatment plant and related assets to Todd Petroleum Mining
  • Arvida Group on its $180m acquisition of a portfolio of retirement villages from Sanderson Group, and Arvida’s associated $80m rights issue, and all of its prior acquisitions and equity raising transactions.


  • Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
  • Member of Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand.
  • Executive of the Listed Companies Association.

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Mercury brings home Tilt’s wind farms

We are pleased to have helped Mercury NZ Limited acquire all of Tilt Renewables Limited’s New Zealand assets, operations and future development options.

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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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Chapman Tripp named New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year

Our corporate and commercial team were named New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year at this year’s Australasian Law Awards.

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King Honey sold to Me Today

Last week, Me Today (NZX: MEE) opened its capital raise to retail investors, to help fund its $36m acquisition of King Honey announced on 31 May 2021.

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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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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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A time for boardrooms to hold their nerve

The opportunity is out there – to ‘build back better’, but this is going to require effective governance and, in some of the more exposed sectors, a willingness to work through difficult conditions. This, and more themes are discussed in our 2020 edition of Corporate Governance – trends and insights.

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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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First 2020 NZX new equity listing

Me Today was the first NZX equity issuer listing under a ‘reverse listing transaction’, after raising $1.5m growth capital amongst the challenging backdrop of COVID-19 lockdown.

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Supporting Vector on sale of Kapuni interests

We assisted Vector over the sale of its Kapuni gas treatment plant and related assets.

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Governance trends in 2019

We ask whether the “shareholder primacy” ethos, which has prevailed in New Zealand and like jurisdictions for generations, is now in decline?

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Churchill a potential champion for directors in paper war

​Directors may find a champion in Sir Winston Churchill as they fight the battle of the bulging board information pack...

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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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Impact investment poised for lift off

​Increasing investor interest, evolving data capability and rapid advances in markets are aligning to create the conditions for a growth surge in impact investment in New Zealand.

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Disclosure – a key performance and risk area for boards

​The quality of disclosure is improving in response to regulatory signals but has a way to go yet despite a recent high profile reminder from mining giant Rio Tinto about the costs of getting it wrong.

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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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