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, having recently advised TIL Logistics Group on its reverse listing on the NZX Main Board, as well as 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 ranked for Corporate/Commercial by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific and is described as "receiving extensive praise for his strong expertise in corporate law".  He is also recognised as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A by Asia Law Profiles.

A number of the transactions on which Tim has advised have won or been nominated for industry awards, including transactions that were nominated as M&A Deal of the Year at the 2019, 2017 and 2015 NZ Law Awards. In addition, Tim was recognised in the NZ Lawyer Hot List for 2016.

Recent disclosable transactions: 

Advised TIL Logistics Group on its reverse listing on the NZX Main Board, which created NZ's third largest listed transport company by market value, with an initial market capitalisation of over NZ$120 million


Advised NZX Main Board listed Vector Limited on its acquisition of E-Co Products Limited, the operator of HRV – New Zealand’s largest home ventilation business


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 Fulton Hogan Limited on its acquisition of Stevenson Construction Materials Limited - one of New Zealand's largest aggregate producers


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 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 NZX Main Board listed Seeka Limited on an underwritten $50 million Rights Offer


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

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