Andrew, one of the firm’s two serving co-founders, advises on a wide range of corporate, strategic and transactional matters, 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, including a focus on offshore investment in New Zealand. He is the lead legal adviser to a number of NZX listed entities and is regularly asked to provide specialist independent advice to boards in tandem with a company's usual legal advisers. He has developed a trusted advisor relationship with a number of local and international private investors and family offices in relation to their New Zealand interests.
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, is a non-executive director of ASX listed Scentre Group and was formerly a director of ASX listed AMP Limited and its subsidiaries AMP Bank Limited and AMP Life Limited. In addition, he is a director of a large private farm ownership holding company with external shareholders, and a former trustee of the New Zealand Arts Foundation and the McCahon Trust which provides an Auckland based residence programme for visual artists.
Advised major shareholder of Dairy Holdings Limited on design and implementation of sales process leading to introduction of Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board as a strategic 24.9% shareholder
Advised NZX Main Board listed Abano Healthcare Group on various takeover defence and capital structure initiatives over more than 10 years, culminating in a complex and innovative recommended Scheme of Arrangement in late 2020
Advisor to the board of NZX Main Board/ASX listed The a2Milk Company Limited in a specialist adviser role on a number of matters
Strategic, capital structure and transactional advice to various primary and financial service sector companies in New Zealand's co-operative and mutual sectors