Tim Mitchelson

Tim Mitchelson

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.

Recent disclosable transactions: 

Advised NZX Main Board listed Restaurant Brands on an underwritten Accelerated Renounceable Entitlement Offer which raised $94 million to fund the acquisition of the Taco Bell and Pizza Hut franchises in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan


Advised Philip Yates Family Holdings, family company behind the iconic New Zealand “Yates” seeds brand, on the acquisition of DuPont Pioneer’s Australian seed production and distribution business


Advised AFT Pharmaceuticals on the initial offering of its shares on the NZX Main Board and ASX, with an initial market capitalisation of NZ$310 million


Advised Silver Fern Farms on the $260 million investment by Shanghai Maling into a new joint venture entity to be established between Silver Fern Farms and Shanghai Maling


Advised Euro Corporation (an investee entity of leading New Zealand private equity firm Maui Capital) on the ‘bolt-on’ acquisitions of all of the shares in MDI Reinforcing, all of the shares in Conslab, the business and assets of Sim Reinforcing and the business and assets of Enable Industries

2015 and 2016

Advised NZX Main Board listed Abano Healthcare Group on the sale of all of the shares in Orthotics Centre


Advised global tourism photography business Magic Memories on two capital raising rounds resulting in cornerstone investments by Milford Asset Management and Pioneer Capital


If Harmos Horton Lusk could do that for someone else then I wanted them on my business. The difference has been worth millions.