Greg Horton

Greg Horton
Special Counsel

Greg, one of the firm’s two serving co-founders, retired as a director in 2019 for health reasons.

He remains active in the firm, and focuses on providing advice to a number of corporates as well as high net worth individuals and family offices. He also assistsour directors on 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”.

Governance and other roles

Greg has significant governance experience across a range of industries and sectors. 

Recent disclosable transactions: 

Advised Maui Capital on the $80 million acquisition of AB Equipment of NZX Main Board listed Hellaby Holdings


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 Hexagon Holdings on the acquisition of Hally Labels


Advised on the sale of all of the shares in Emerald Group


Advised Synlait Farms on its response to a $91 million full cash takeover offer from Shanghai Pengxin


Advised Goldman Sachs and First NZ Capital as joint lead managers on the $114 million initial public offering and NZX Main Board listing of Synlait Milk

A leading transactional lawyer" who "focuses on what the issues are, seeks solutions and delivers the outcomes.

- Chambers Global 2016 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2016