Gavin Macdonald Commercial Law - New Zealand

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171 Featherston Street
PO Box 1291
Wellington 6140

Tel: +64 9 916 8938
Fax: +64 9 916 8801


Gavin is recognised as a specialist corporate adviser to leading New Zealand companies.

His expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, public issues of securities, compliance with stock exchange listing rules, underwriting, joint venture agreements, shareholders agreements and company law.

He has worked on many major corporate transactions in New Zealand in recent years, involving clients such as Air New Zealand, Rank Group, Mainfreight, Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Waste Management and DB Breweries.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 ranks Gavin as one of only two ‘star’ corporate lawyers in the country, noting he is lauded by both clients and peers as being at “the absolute top of the market.” Previous editions state “he is widely respected for his commercial expertise and attracts praise for his ‘focus on the solution'” and note he is “widely cited as one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent commercial lawyers, with significant expertise in advising on acquisitions, joint ventures and securities issues”, with clients agreeing that “he’s outstanding – pragmatic, dedicated, knowledgeable and personable. He ticks all the boxes.”

Gavin is also listed as a leading lawyer in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 2015 for corporate and mergers and acquisitions, and the IFLR1000 2014.


A wide range of clients – from start-ups to multinationals, local and international, financial institutions and government agencies, across all industries – use us as their trusted adviser.

As a full service firm, our experience spans the spectrum of expertise our clients need. We deliver service to our clients through five key legal departments – corporate and commercial, banking and finance, litigation, property and tax.

Legal guides and directories consistently recognise Bell Gully as being New Zealand’s leading firm. Most importantly, we are recognised by our clients for the calibre of our service, our legal expertise, our track record of delivering results and our business judgement.


Our clients come first. Clients trust us to do the right thing, to get the best result, to find solutions and to be there when they need us.

We work with our clients, not just for them. By dedicating ourselves to understanding our clients’ business and goals, we translate the law into everyday commercial language and prepare our clients for challenges before they arise.


Our service is founded on being available, responsive, commercial, solutions-focused and cost-effective – and on being enjoyable to work with. We talk through issues, we listen carefully and we keep listening. We speak in plain language. We focus on how best to achieve results and to deliver value for money.

We constantly seek and act on feedback and conduct an annual formal review process with our largest clients to ensure we are delivering against a rigorous set of measures.

No matter what your organisation’s legal needs, you can expect the same quality of care from us.


We have an outstanding team of people and their skills and expertise is unequalled in New Zealand. Many of our partners and senior lawyers are leaders in their fields and most have worked overseas. We work together in teams to deliver the commercial solutions our clients need.

The best people are recruited and retained and bright ideas and original thinking encouraged.

We aim for excellence and do everything we can to help our people achieve it.

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