Mark brings a unique blend of legal expertise in agribusinesses of all sizes, and an approach grounded in sixteen years experience as a stock agent. Admitted to the bar in 2004, Mark’s is a pragmatic, collaborative and flexible style honed over years of coming to know the sector and its people.
His passion for agribusiness, insights into what goes on behind the farm gate and ongoing connections within the sector mean his clients get advice that is grounded in the real world.
He understands the issues that those in agribusiness grapple with every day – as well as the many opportunities on offer.
Mark prides himself on being accessible, providing ‘solid, pragmatic solutions’, and bringing clients a specialist industry lens as well as a broad full-service offering.
“People come for legal advice, but what they are really here for is solutions to problems,” Mark says. “We provide manageable solutions, and understand that although agribusiness is a business, some issues are sensitive and some are intensely private. We see the people behind the transactions.”
- The purchase of a New Zealand record, for the highest price paid for a dairy farm at auction. Led the side deal negotiations and agreements in respect to conditions of settlement with multiple parties.
- The restructure of a large New Zealand based Dairy Partnership in excess of $200m using a number of legal entities together with securing and negotiating the finance arrangement.
- An out of court settlement with a financial institution in respect of specific financial instruments.
- The sales process and disposal of new livestock species to New Zealand.
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Canterbury
Admission to the Bar
- New Zealand, 2004
- Full Member of the Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society
Mark has a long-standing interest in cycling, multisport events and art. He was a rugby player for many years and played in New Zealand and France.