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 can 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 is a senior practitioner, specialising in corporate law. Daniel has advised on a broad spectrum of high-value corporate, capital markets and commercial transactions in New Zealand and London.
Daniel is a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 for "Corporate and M&A".
Prior to forming Flacks & Wong, Daniel was a senior lawyer in Bell Gully’s Corporate Department. During this time, Daniel acted for NZX Main Board and private companies, entrepreneurs and investment banks on a number of New Zealand’s most significant corporate and capital markets transactions.
In London, Daniel spent five years with one of the world’s leading international law firms, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. As a senior associate in the Corporate Group, Daniel led teams of lawyers to successfully complete complex, multi‑jurisdictional transactions, acting for financial institutions and corporate clients.
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
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Level 5, Shortland Chambers Building
70 Shortland Street
PO Box 591