Panel Members

Panel members are appointed by the Governor-General, on the nomination of the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, under section 6 of the Takeovers Act 1993. There must be between 5 and 11 members. The members are nominated based on their expertise in business, accounting or law. One of the members is also from the Australian Takeovers Panel, appointed under a reciprocal arrangement made between the governments of Australia and New Zealand. The Chair of the New Zealand Panel sits as a member of the Australian Panel under the same arrangement.

 

Meet the Panel Members

 

Andrew CoupeAndy Coupe

Chair

Professional company director and former investment banker, with extensive experience in public market takeovers and capital markets.

Appointed to the Panel in 2008. 
 

 

Carl BlanchardCarl Blanchard

Deputy Chair

Partner, Infrastructure and Mergers and Acquisitions at PwC New Zealand. Former Head of Direct Investments at the Accident Compensation Corporation.

Appointed to the Panel in 2011.   

 

 

Murdo BeattieMurdo Beattie

Partner at investment banking firm, Cameron Partners Limited. Specialises in advising corporate sector on merger and acquisition transactions.

Appointed to the Panel in 2008.

 

 

 

Simon HornerSimon Horner

Partner at Mayne Wetherell with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings.

Appointed to the Panel in 2011.
 

 

 

 

Richard HuntRichard Hunt

Principal of Sydney-based Fort Street Advisors, an independent corporate advisory firm. Former investment banker with UBS  Australia , with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital market and debt capital market transactions.

Appointed to the Panel as the Australian Takeovers Panel's representative in 2014. 

 

 

 

Sacha Judd Sacha Judd

Managing Director, Hoku Group. Former Partner at Buddle Findlay, specialising in corporate and securities law and takeovers. Member of the Institute of Directors.

Appointed to the Panel in 2015.

 

 

 

Tony PigouTony Pigou

Corporate advisor and consultant. Experienced advisor on takeovers, merger and acquisition transactions and equity capital markets. Former New Zealand head of investment banking and equity capital markets for major international investment banks.

Appointed to the Panel in 2013.

 

 

 

Silvana SchenoneSilvana Schenone

Partner at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. Extensive experience advising on corporate and securities law matters in Chile, New York and New Zealand.

Appointed to the Panel in 2016.

 

 

 

Nathanael StarrenburgNathanael Starrenburg

Director at specialist corporate law firm, Harmos Horton Lusk. Specialises in public and private mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and other equity capital markets transactions.

Appointed to the Panel in 2016.

 

 

 

Tina SymmansTina Symmans

Experienced adviser to Boards of Directors and CEOs. Held senior management positions within large corporations as well as independent consultancy. Experienced at managing significant commercial projects encompassing challenging negotiations with capital markets and government relations dimensions.

Appointed to the Panel in 2013. 


 

Roger WallisRoger Wallis

Partner at Chapman Tripp, specialising in corporate and securities law. Member of the Listed Companies Association executive, the Institute of Directors, and former Chairman of the NZX Legal and Regulatory Advisory Board.

Appointed to the Panel in 2011.