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Hayley Buckley

BA, LLB (Hons), Partner

Hayley leads the Firm’s national Corporate Advisory practice. 
Hayley is considered a leading lawyer in New Zealand for domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and complex commercial contracting, and the market leader in New Zealand for equity crowdfunding. She was heavily involved in the policy phase of the securities legislation to give effect to equity crowdfunding in New Zealand and advises Snowball Effect - New Zealand's leading and first licensed equity crowdfunding platform.
She also has significant regulatory experience in the financial services sector and has assisted various national and international companies with their licensing, authorisation and compliance requirements in New Zealand.
Recognised for her strategic and commercial approach, Hayley was selected as the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) Future Director for 2020 and 2021. She has most recently been acknowledged in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 directory as “… an exceptional corporate and M&A partner who is responsive and delivers great service every time.” 
Hayley is qualified to practice in New Zealand and England and Wales, having spent 8 years practising in London with leading international and US law firms.

"Understanding each client's business, and the individuals within it, to enable me to give truly valuable advice in a practical, commercial and efficient manner"

Recent Projects

  • Advised an Australian Fund on its $200million purchase of a partial stake in New Zealand infrastructure-related assets.

  • Advised the management shareholders of Laybuy on their partial sell-down to Pioneer Capital.

  • Advised the management shareholders on the sale of Smart Environmental to Maui Capital.

  • Advised the sellers on the sale of I Love Limited to Rank Group Limited.

  • Advised the sellers on the sale of Trak Group Limited to MSS Solutions Limited (Australia).

  • Advised Pacific Metal Recycling Limited in its purchase of the business and assets of CMA Recycling Limited, out of administration.

  • Advised Stellar Projects, a multi-disciplinary project delivery consultancy, on their corporate, commercial, structuring and transactional requirements.

  • Advised an Australian private equity fund on its bid for OfficeMax.

  • Advised a consortium of private equity investors led by Heartland on the sale of a majority shareholding in Icepak New Zealand Limited, a national dairy cool-store business.

  • Advised Bayer plc on its acquisition of the over-the-counter pharmaceutical business from Roche plc by way of an asset sale in 18 jurisdictions.

Recent Articles


AML/CFT Phase 2: Are You Ready?

If you are a lawyer, accountant, real estate agent, conveyancer, high-value goods dealer, or gambling service provider (Phase 2 Entities), it is important that you have an implementation plan for Phase 2 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT Act).

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Companies Amendment Act 2014

Changes to the requirements for directors On 11 August 2014 the Companies Amendment Act 2014 (Amendment Act) received Royal assent. This Amendment Act makes a number of significant changes to the Companies Act 1993 (Act), and it is therefore important for directors of companies to be aware of. One of the most significant of these changes is the introduction of a requirement for every New Zealand incorporated company to have: • a director who lives in New Zealand; or • a director who is also a director of a company incorporated in, and who also lives in, an "enforcement country".

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Equity crowdfunding - what's it all really about?

Once again, New Zealand is leading the way in business reform. New laws allowing equity crowdfunding fundamentally change the way that private companies can raise funds, and give them a meaningful, cost effective and efficient way of doing so. The recent implementation of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2103 allows companies to raise up to $2 million from the New Zealand public in a 12 month period, in return for shares in their company, provided they do so via a licensed equity crowdfunding provider.

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New Zealand: Equity crowdfunding gets green light from the minister - no individual investor caps

Equity crowdfunding gets green light from the Minister – no individual investor caps Cabinet has approved the regulations for equity crowdfunding which will come into force on 1 April. Equity crowdfunding will allow businesses to raise up to $2 million from investors, via a licensed crowdfunding platform, without the need for a formal prospectus or prescribed investment statement. Commerce Minister Craig Foss announced today that there will be no individual caps on the amount any investor may invest in a company raising funds via a licensed equity crowdfunding platform, provided however that a company will only be permitted to raise up to $2 million in any year. Wynn Williams has made a number of submissions on investor caps, as well as meeting with MBIE and Minister Foss, and has voiced strong support of no individual investor caps.

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Kiwi lawyer grabs prime seat for market on brink of boom

Wynn Williams partner Hayley Buckley speaks with great passion about a client she’s been working with over the past two years, and she says what they offer lends huge opportunities to the New Zealand legal profession.

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How equity crowdfunding is accelerating start-ups in New Zealand

The New Zealand government is backing innovation and we in Australia seem to be watching on as our smaller neighbour becomes more agile and starts to get noticed overseas. The recent introduction of crowdfunding is just one example of how the entrepreneurial landscape in New Zealand is changing. With platforms such as Snowball Effect signing licensing agreements with the new regulator, the Financial Markets Authority, Kiwi entrepreneurs and investors are off to a flying financial start. Lawyer Hayley Buckley of New Zealand based Wynn Williams Lawyers estimates more than $NZ7.2 million has been raised via equity crowdfunding; $NZ5.7 million of that with Snowball Effect. Six companies have received significant investments to date, including Invivo Wines raising $2 million and capping out.

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  • Institute of Directors

Speaking Engagements

  • Facilitating a BrightStar training session on Equity Crowdfunding.

  • Presenter: Auckland District Law Society webinar - Equity Crowdfunding 101

  • Speaking alongside Hon. Bruce Billson, Minister for Small Business in Australia on equity crowdfunding

  • Presenter at INITIATE 3: Pacific Crowdfunding Summit in 2015
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