Australian commercial lawyer, Denis Byrne, has been appointed to the Takeovers Panel by the Minister of Commerce, Hon Paul Swain. Mr Byrne has been a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel since l997.

“Mr Byrne’s appointment reflects the increasing integration of the New Zealand and Australian business sectors in the broader context of CER,” Mr Swain said. “Greater attention needs to be given to ensuring domestic laws enhance trans-Tasman business initiatives, and that the law works effectively where business activities span both jurisdictions.”

“To achieve this goal a close relationship between the regulators in both countries is essential.”

 Denis Byrne is a Brisbane-based commercial lawyer with wide experience in the corporate, infrastructure and resources areas. His legal practice, from l970 to l997, included public company takeovers, corporate restructures and major asset acquisitions and sales.

He has a keen interest in New Zealand having worked with New Zealand lawyers on development of public policy.

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