Claire Evans


LLB (Hons), BA (Hons) - University of Canterbury, Admitted in NZ & NSW

Business Acquisitions and Sales, Business Advice, Franchising, Corporate Governance, Financial Markets and Investment Funds

Claire is an internationally-experienced and recognised corporate lawyer, having worked in law firms in Christchurch, Sydney and London.

As lead of Lane Neave’s national corporate team, she has built a practice that is recognised for corporate advice in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific rankings and she was recognised as a Leading Individual for Investments Funds by Legal 500 in 2022.

She is lead partner for the financial markets and financial legal services team, where she is particularly known for her expertise in limited partnerships and investment funds.

Providing specialist advice on all areas businesses, Claire works with clients on issues relating to buying and selling businesses, commercial contracts, corporate entities, franchises and regulatory compliance within the financial services industry.

Claire also provides advice on all aspects of corporate law ranging from corporate governance, directors duties, shareholder agreements, issue of shares, minority buy out rights and general company law issues. She works with clients when they are establishing and restructuring corporate structures (including limited partnerships and units trusts), ensuring compliance of listed and unlisted investment products, capital raising, joint ventures and drafting the relevant disclosure documentation in Australia and New Zealand.

Claire is well-known for her extensive knowledge of all aspects of franchising. She works with start-up franchisors, established franchisors and prospective franchisees to ensure the right agreements are in place and help guide them through the franchising process.

She has a broad range of merger and acquisition experience, including working on a number of high profile transactions which were valued in the billions.

Claire and her team are approachable and responsive to clients. The team strives to making working with Lane Neave easy with timely and practical commercial advice. Claire enjoys helping clients with their business, whether it be day-to-day legal advisory or one-off projects.

In addition to her legal work, Claire is an experienced independent director with roles with Christchurch City Holdings and Canterbury Linen Services.