We advise listed and private companies, entrepreneurs and start-ups on buying, selling and investing in businesses, raising capital in the public and private markets and on their important commercial transactions.
We provide strategic, governance and compliance advice to boards of directors, senior executives and corporates.
We advise on general corporate and commercial matters.
Although we specialise in corporate law, we regularly access other areas of expertise as required. We take responsibility for project managing those other experts so that you have a single point of contact
p. +64 9 377 8883
m. +64 21 687 844
David is a highly-respected, leading New Zealand corporate lawyer. He has a reputation for providing clear, concise advice, and for achieving pragmatic, commercial outcomes.
David was a partner at Bell Gully for many years, except for four years in the 1990s when he was a member of the senior executive team, general counsel and company secretary of Carter Holt Harvey.
Clients have commented (through Chambers Asia-Pacific, a respected global legal directory) that David “uses his broad international and in‑house experience to bring a pragmatic, commercial perspective to his work” and “is affable and easy to deal with, but not a pushover”. The 2015 edition refers to David’s “unflappable nature,” and notes that “when you've got emotional shareholders and a process is very convoluted, he can just walk through the middle of it; he reads people and tone brilliantly”.
David is a recent former member of the Takeovers Panel and Chair of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.
BA (Cantab), MA (Cantab), St John’s College, Cambridge University
1979, England and Wales (non-practising)
1985, New Zealand
Current governance roles
Director of Vero Insurance New Zealand
Director of Vero Liability Insurance
Director of Asteron Life
Chair of Harmoney Corp
Chair of AFT Pharmaceuticals
Director of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund
Chair of Upside Biotechnologies
Chair of NZX’s Regulatory Governance Committee
p. +64 9 377 8881
m. +64 21 285 1088
Daniel advises on a broad spectrum of corporate, capital markets and commercial transactions. His success on mid-market M&A transactions has been recognised through nominations as finalist for “Mid-Market Deal of the Year” at both the 2017 and 2016 New Zealand Law Awards.
Daniel has market-leading expertise on innovative forms of capital raising, having advised the issuers of New Zealand’s first and second (and only) offers of social bonds, as well as regularly advising companies on their equity crowdfunding campaigns.
Daniel is in the elite tier of leading individuals for Corporate and M&A in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018, and is described as "exemplary, client-driven and commercially-focused".
Before co-founding Flacks & Wong, Daniel was at Bell Gully in Auckland and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in London.
Daniel draws on his corporate law expertise in regularly presenting practical, transaction‑based company law workshops to junior and intermediate lawyers.
LLB (First Class Honours), BCA (Finance and Management), Victoria University of Wellington
2002, New Zealand
2008, England and Wales (non-practising)
Current governance roles
Board Trustee of Kohia Terrace School
Director of the NZ Shareholders Association Inc.
Trustee of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Foundation
Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Feel free to give one of us a call and let’s chat over a coffee. We don’t charge for an initial discussion and we’ll be upfront on what we think the issues are and whether we can assist.
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Level 5, Shortland Chambers Building
70 Shortland Street
PO Box 591