In January 2019 the Panel announced the appointments of Anna Buchly and Martin Stearne to the Takeovers Panel. These new appointments were effective from 1 February 2019 for a term of four years.

Anna Buchly is the current Chair and a Partner in national law firm, Bell Gully. She has extensive experience advising on mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions. Ms Buchly is ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018.

When announcing the appointments, Andy Coupe, the Panel Chair, said, “Ms Buchly is a highly experienced legal practitioner in mergers and acquisitions, and has expertise in corporate and securities law. She will be an asset to the Panel.”

Martin Stearne is a corporate consultant, and a member of the NZX listing sub-committee and the investment committee of Impact Enterprise Fund. He was a former investment banker with First New Zealand Capital and has extensive experience in takeovers and equity capital markets.

“Mr Stearne has a strong investment background and experience in mergers and acquisitions. The Panel will benefit from his wide-ranging expertise,” said Mr Coupe.

Mr Coupe also announced the recent reappointment of current members Richard Hunt and Tony Pigou for a further term effective from 3 September 2018.

“Both Mr Hunt and Mr Pigou have made important contributions to the Panel during their respective tenures, and I am pleased that they have accepted a further term,” said Mr Coupe.

Mr Coupe also acknowledged outgoing members Murdo Beattie and Tina Symmans, and thanked them for their valuable contributions and dedication to the Panel. Mr Beattie had been a member since 2008, and Ms Symmans since 2013.


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