The Panel recently announced the appointment of Mark Cunliffe as General Counsel to the Panel.

Mr Cunliffe joins the Panel from Bell Gully, where he held the position of Senior Associate in the corporate department since 2012. Prior to joining Bell Gully, he practised in Simpson Grierson in Wellington and Travers Smith in London.

Mr Cunliffe has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law, with a particular focus on M&A and takeovers as well as commercial agreements. In terms of industry sectors, Mr Cunliffe’s private practice experience focused on the ICT and energy sectors.

As General Counsel, Mr Cunliffe helms the Panel’s legal and enforcement team. He also works closely with Mr Andrew Hudson, the Panel’s Chief Executive, on the Panel’s policy and public understanding functions. Mr Hudson, the Panel’s former General Counsel, was appointed as Chief Executive in October 2017.

Said Mr Hudson, “We are pleased to have someone of Mark’s calibre join our team. We’re confident that Mark’s extensive experience in corporate and commercial transactions will strengthen our team’s expertise”.

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