Tim Mitchelson

Tim Mitchelson

Tim specialises in corporate and securities law, with particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and joint venture transactions. He acts for clients in a wide range of industries and regularly advises some of New Zealand’s leading listed corporates, privately-held companies and private equity firms.

Tim is a leading securities lawyer, with extensive experience in equity capital markets transactions including initial public offerings, direct listings secondary capital raisings and block trades.  His experience incudes advising AFT Pharmaceuticals on its initial public offering and dual NZX Main Board / ASX listing, and TIL Logistics Group on a private placement and reverse listing on the NZX Main Board.

His international experience includes working as a senior associate in the corporate and private equity teams at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London.


Tim is ranked as a leading lawyer for a 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 matters: 

Advised NZX listed Radius Residential Care on a direct listing on the NZX Main Board ($141 million implied initial market capitalisation)


Advised NZX Main Board / ASX listed AFT Pharmaceuticals on its initial public offering ($310 million initial market capitalisation) and a subsequent $76 million placement,share purchase plan and block trade transaction


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


Advised TIL Logistics Group on a private placement and 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 $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 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 a fully underwritten $50 million rights entitlement 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

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