Aaron Pickett


Aaron is Head of Lane Neave’s Corporate team in Christchurch and has extensive experience working for a wide range of leading international and local corporate clients over a period of more than 20 years across New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Aaron has particular expertise in private mergers and acquisitions (the sale and purchase of shares and/or assets), joint ventures and Public Private Partnerships (with Government), private equity investments and start-ups, in addition to day-to-day contracting and legal issues that arise in operating a business. He advises on complex transactions, including shareholder arrangements, on both a legal and commercial basis, with a key strength being his ability to pragmatically work through complexities and arrive at negotiated solutions in the best interests of his clients.

Aaron is currently admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of New Zealand.  He has previously worked in corporate teams at leading international law firms MinterEllisonRuddWatts in Auckland, Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney and Allen & Overy LLP in London, specialising in public and private mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and corporate reorganisations.  Aaron also has over nine years General Counsel and Executive experience at a high growth / dynamic global healthcare organisation.

This combination of private practice and industry experience means that Aaron knows first-hand what a business needs (and wants) from their legal advisors – the ability to translate complex theory and regulation into practical and commercially relevant advice.

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