Tim Tubman Tim Tubman

Tim Tubman


Corporate & commercial

Tim specialises in cross-border and financial services mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He advises international and domestic clients on M&A, takeovers, schemes of arrangement and initial public offerings.

Tim's clients include listed and unlisted corporates, private equity funds and inbound investors.

He heads the firm’s China Desk, advising Chinese and international clients on investment matters, including obtaining Overseas Investment Office approvals.

Tim is recognised as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2024 and Chambers Global 2020. He is also highly regarded by IFLR1000 2023, and recognised as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024.

Recent highlights

Has advised:

  • Mercury (NZX: MCY) on the acquisition of Trustpower’s (NZX: TPW) retail business, including electricity and gas supply, broadband and mobile phone services (NZ$441m)
  • Partners Life (a leading NZ life insurer) on its acquisition of BNZ Bank’s life insurance business and entry into a long term referral/distribution arrangement
  • NZ Super Fund on its acquisition of Asia Pacific Healthcare Group from Healthscope
  • AMP on the sale of AMP Life to Resolution Life Group for AU$3b
  • Shell on the sale of its New Zealand upstream oil and gas operations to Vienna-based OMV for $794m.


  • Former council member of the New Zealand Private Capital.

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Chapman Tripp advises Eastland Group on sale of 50% stake in Eastland Generation

Eastland Group has sold a 50% stake in its electricity generation business to Japanese construction conglomerate Obayashi Corporation. Chapman Tripp advised long time client Eastland Group on all aspects of the sale including structuring, vendor due diligence, regulatory matters, and negotiation of transaction documentation with multiple bidders

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Sharing jubilance with long-term client Partners Life

This month global life insurance specialist Dai-ichi Life Holdings Inc announced the purchase of 100% of the shares in Partners Group Holdings Limited, the parent company of Partners Life Limited.

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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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Pacific Radiology makes growth-focused sale

We advised Pacific Radiology Group Limited on all aspects of its strategic sale of a $313m stake to investment company Infratil Limited, creating a platform for PRG to accelerate growth.

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Winner at the 2019 Australasian Law Awards

​Chapman Tripp’s corporate and commercial team scooped up New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year and Partner John Strowger won New Zealand Dealmaker of the Year at last night’s Awards.

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Chapman Tripp celebrates 2019 INFINZ winners

The sale of Seequent to Accel-KKR and the subsequent Seequent acquisition of Geosoft (financial advisor: Murray & Co) and Milford Asset Management, are this year’s winners...

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M&A market: Strong demand for now but threats from abroad and at home

Buyer interest is strong going into this year but this momentum is threatened by developments abroad and at home, Chapman Tripp says.

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Chapman Tripp tops 2018 M&A league tables

We acted on more Merger and Acquisition (M&A) deals than any other New Zealand law firm in 2018.

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International trade up in the air

Predicted international trade events in 2017 fared well, the firm is now looking at what to expect in 2019.

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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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