Graeme Switzer


I specialise in mergers and acquisitions, company restructurings, securities offerings and general corporate and commercial law. I have advised public companies, multinationals, government entities, large accounting firms and medium sized enterprises.

I regularly advise overseas companies on New Zealand M&A transactions and broader New Zealand legal matters. I take an active role in the firm's international practice and work frequently with international clients and law firms.

My recent experience includes advising on a range of business sales and purchases for iconic New Zealand companies and large overseas based multinationals as well as for medium sized enterprises. Examples include advising on the sale of a well know insurance business, the sell down of a New Zealand ICT business and the acquisition of a New Zealand ICT business by a US based purchaser. I have also advised, as part of a wider legal team, on the sale of an iconic NZ trustee business and the sale of a well known NZ funds management business. Other examples of my experience include advising on joint ventures, overseas investment consent, NZ securities law issues related to overseas mergers, issues relating to overseas businesses setting up NZ branches and generally advising on a range of commercial contracts.

I have been practicing law since 1999. I joined Duncan Cotterill in 2011, following over five years with a large top tier firm and, prior to that, several years with well-known Sydney-based firms.