Andrew, one of the firm’s two serving co-founders, advises on a wide range of corporate transactions, with a focus on takeovers, corporate advisory, co-investment and joint venture arrangements, and business acquisitions and divestments.
He has particular expertise in providing strategic board, governance and transaction advice, and is regularly asked to provide specialist independent advice to boards in tandem with a company’s usual legal advisers. He is the lead legal adviser to a number of NZX listed entities including Abano Healthcare Group, Argosy Property, Green Cross Health, and Vital Healthcare Property Trust, and a specialist advisor to a number of other NZX 5O companies.
Andrew is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading public takeover lawyers, and co-heads the firm’s takeover practice. His experience and expertise in advising on the defence of hostile or unsolicited bids is unrivalled, and he is often sought out to provide specialist governance and strategic advice to boards who receive unsolicited bid proposals. He has presented on takeover defence to the New Zealand Institute of Directors Chairman’s Group and other specialist bodies.
Andrew was a senior corporate partner at Russell McVeagh before he left that firm in 2002 to establish Harmos Horton Lusk.
Andrew is ranked as a Band 1 individual for Corporate/Commercial by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific, and is described as “world class and very strategic” with “an ‘excellent reputation’ in the corporate governance and transactional spheres, especially where complex takeover matters are concerned”.
Andrew is also recognised as a leading individual for Corporate/M&A by Asia Pacific Legal 500, with clients noting that he is “incredibly intelligent and always thinking of ways to achieve the required outcome”. In addition, he is recognised as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A by Asia Law Profiles and individually ranked for M&A by IFLR 1000.
Governance and other roles
Andrew has extensive governance experience across the listed, unlisted and not for profit sectors in New Zealand. He is the former chair of the board of NZX, and is a non-executive director of ASX listed Scentre Group and of AMP Life Limited in Australia. In addition, he is a director of two private companies (farm ownership and investment management) with external shareholders.
Greg, one of the firm’s two serving co-founders, specialises in mergers and acquisitions, strategic advice and other complex corporate transactions and issues.
He is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading mergers and acquisitions lawyers, and has significant expertise and deep experience in advising international and domestic clients (including industry participants and private equity sponsors) on a wide range of transactions, including share and asset acquisitions and dispositions, takeovers, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, growth capital investments, partnership arrangements and complex joint ventures.
Greg advises a number of prominent NZX listed companies on governance, corporate and securities law matters. He is also a trusted adviser to a significant number of high net worth individuals and family offices, and advises on family structuring, inter-generational wealth transfer and related issues.
Greg started his career as an investment banking analyst at BZW New Zealand and, before co-founding Harmos Horton Lusk, he was a senior associate at Russell McVeagh in New Zealand and at Cravath Swaine & Moore in New York.
Greg is individually ranked for Corporate/Commercial by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific, and is described as "a leading transactional lawyer" who "focuses on what the issues are, seeks solutions and delivers the outcomes."
Greg is also recognised as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A by Asia Law Profiles and is individually ranked for M&A by IFLR 1000, which describes Greg as “excellent, technically able, commercially astute and efficient”. Greg was recognised as “Leading the Profession” in the NZ Lawyer Hot List in 2015.
Governance and other roles
Greg has significant governance experience across a range of industries and sectors. He is an independent director of Fulton Hogan, independent chairman of NZ Funds Management, a trustee and director of the Team New Zealand America’s Cup team, and a trustee and director of a number of family office entities. Greg is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Paul is a very senior and highly regarded practitioner, with over 40 years of corporate legal experience. He advises on a wide range of transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings and complex joint venture arrangements.
Paul has particular expertise in advising boards of directors on liability and risk mitigation - including director indemnities and directors’ insurance. He was the specialist independent adviser to the board of Fonterra on the $525 million NZX Main Board listing of units in the Fonterra Shareholders Fund, the board of Mighty River Power on its $1.7 billion ‘mixed ownership model’ initial public offering and NZX Main Board listing of that company and the board of Meridian on its $1.9 billion ‘mixed ownership model’ initial public offering and NZX Main Board listing.
Before joining Harmos Horton Lusk, Paul was a senior corporate partner at Russell McVeagh.
Paul is individually ranked for Corporate/Commercial by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific, and is recognised for “his adept handling of M&A transactions and capital market matters.”
Paul is also recognised as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A by Asia Law Profiles and is individually ranked for M&A by IFLR 1000.
Nathanael specialises in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, equity capital markets, private securities offerings and complex joint venture arrangements. He also advises on NZX and securities law compliance, corporate governance, and financial services regulation.
Nathanael has particular expertise with the New Zealand Takeovers Code and is one of New Zealand’s leading public takeover lawyers. He co-leads the firm’s public takeovers practice and has advised on some of the most notable transactions under the Takeovers Code, including the highest value public takeover in New Zealand corporate history. Nathanael was appointed to the Takeovers Panel, the regulator of public takeovers in New Zealand, in 2016.
Nathanael has presented for the New Zealand Law Society on takeovers and financial markets regulation, was a past contributing author to Morrison’s Company and Securities Law, and wrote the chapter on takeovers in the recent book Financial Markets Conduct Regulation: A Practitioner’s Guide.
Before joining Harmos Horton Lusk, Nathanael was a corporate associate at Bell Gully.
Nathanael is recognised as a leading individual for Corporate/M&A by Asia Pacific Legal 500, and is described as an “intelligent, commercial as well as pragmatic” lawyer who “finds ways to do things others say you can’t”.
He is recommended as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A by Asia Law Profiles and is ranked for Corporate/Commercial by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific. In addition, Nathanael was recognised in the Australasian Lawyer Hot List in 2016 and the NZ Lawyer Hot List in 2015 and 2016.
Many of the transactions on which Nathanael has advised have won or been nominated for international and domestic industry awards, including transactions that were nominated as finalists for M&A Deal of the Year Award at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 NZ Law Awards and the 2016 Australasian Law Awards.
Governance and other roles
Nathanael is a member of the Takeovers Panel, the government body responsible for regulating public takeovers in New Zealand. He is also a trustee of the Laidlaw College Foundation, an endowment fund for a private tertiary training institution – with a multi-million dollar investment portfolio and substantial land holdings. Nathanael is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Tim specialises in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and capital raising transactions, as well as providing general corporate and legal advice. He acts for clients in a wide range of industries and regularly advises some of New Zealand’s leading listed companies, corporates and private equity firms.
Tim is a leading securities lawyer, and recently advised AFT Pharmaceuticals on its initial public offering and dual NZX Main Board / ASX listing, which was just the second initial public offering under the new Financial Markets Conduct Act regulated offer regime.
Tim also has significant expertise with private equity transactions, and has advised Maui Capital on leveraged buyouts as well as a significant number of ‘bolt-on’ acquisitions by investee entities.
Before joining Harmos Horton Lusk, Tim was a corporate associate at Russell McVeagh in New Zealand and a senior associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London.
Tim is recognised in the NZ Lawyer Hot List for 2016. In addition, a number of the transactions on which Tim has advised have won or been nominated for industry awards, including AFT Pharmaceutical’s pre-initial public offering capital raising from Capital Royalty Group and Milford Asset Management, which was nominated for Mid-Market Deal of the Year at the 2015 NZ Law Awards.