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LLB (Victoria University of Wellington)

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Michael is a Senior Principal and heads our business team.

He specialises in advising a range of SMEs and larger clients (including listed companies) on business acquisitions and disposals, capital raising, joint ventures, limited partnerships, general commercial contracts, insolvency and debt restructuring.

Michael's sector experience includes private equity, agri-business, transport, information technology, tourism and leisure, property investment and development, financial services, manufacturing and retail.

"I have advised a wide range of clients (both in New Zealand and overseas) over a long period. While there are similarities, each situation is different and the key is to listen and truly understand a client’s expectations and what they are looking to achieve. At Cavell Leitch it is not a one size fits all approach."

He is the current chair of Cavell Leitch’s Board of Directors, is a member of the Institute of Directors and INSOL and has been admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of England and Wales (non-practising).

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"Mike assisted us recently on an acquisition of a significant family owned business. His grasp of the commercial and legal issues was strong - as was his patience and support during protracted shareholder negotiations. Mike has a can-do attitude and will get the job done. I would not hesitate to recommend him."

Arjan Bartlema, Chief Executive, Selwyn Investment Holdings Limited

Recent work

  • Advising DGL Group Limited on New Zealand legal aspects of listing on the ASX and NZX
  • Advising a shareholder group on the buyout of its joint venture partner in a significant agribusiness and subsequent recapitalisation
  • Advising a significant operator in the elder care sector on its capital raisings
  • Advising a primary sector company on unwinding a joint venture and the subsequent merger of its operations with those of a competitor

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