Hayley Buckley

BA, LLB (Hons), Partner

Hayley is part of our national Corporate & Commercial Team and chairs the firm's board.  She specialises in the sale and purchase of businesses, raising capital, and financial services advice.
She has significant regulatory experience in the financial services sector and has assisted a number of national and international companies with their licensing, authorisation and compliance requirements in New Zealand.

Hayley is recognised as one of New Zealand's leading legal advisers in equity crowdfunding. She was heavily involved in the consultation and policy phase of the legislation enacted in 2014 to give effect to equity crowdfunding.  Hayley advises Snowball Effect, New Zealand's leading, and first licensed equity crowdfunding platform.

Hayley has significant European and international experience and is recognised by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019.

"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

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

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

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

  • Advising a significant New Zealand based private equity fund on a bid for a $25m waste management business.

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

  • Advising a large overseas based global derivatives issuer on compliance and risk relating to its New Zealand regulatory compliance obligations.

  • Ongoing regulatory and compliance advice on all aspects of crowdfunding services in New Zealand including licence, broker and custodial obligations.

  • Advising a large European fund manager on all aspects of its licensing and regulatory requirements in New Zealand, including transition from the Authorised Futures Dealer regime and its application to become a licensed derivatives issuer.

  • Advising a religious organisation in relation to regulatory and compliance matters, including MIS and DIMS licence requirements, and obligations relating to financial reporting requirements

  • Advising an Australasian derivatives issuer in relation to its retail investor disclosure documentation.

  • Assisting a national organisation with its business structuring to ensure market operator licence requirements were not triggered.

  • Advising multiple clients on their AML obligations.

  • Advising a consortium of private equity investors led by Heartland Investments on the sale of a majority shareholding in Icepak New Zealand to Hall's Group.

  • Advising Electric Kiwi on its establishment, licensing, and implementation of retail electricity services including all lines company contracts and terms of trade. Hayley is currently assisting them with their retail licence application in Australia; Fair Trading Act matters; corporate arrangements with their UK investors and retail hedge contracts.

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

  • Advising Hitachi Construction Machinery (Japan) on all aspects of legal compliance and operations in relation to its New Zealand business.

  • Advising a European government owned entity on its proposed purchase of certain water related assets in New Zealand by way of share sale.

  • Acting for Downer Australia and Downer New Zealand on its sale of Spiire New Zealand Limited to Brown Consulting (Aust) Pty Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of ASX listed Calibre Group Limited).

  • Advising the managers on all aspects (corporate, finance, employment and property) of their management buy-out of Auldhouse, a division of Telecom/Gen-I, by way of asset purchase.

  • Acting for Sennheiser New Zealand Limited in respect of its acquisition of the business and assets of Syntec International Limited (NZ).

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

  • Advising Snowball Effect on its application to the Financial Markets Authority to become New Zealand's first licensed crowdfunding platform.

  • Advising City Financial New Zealand Limited on all aspects of its licensing and regulatory requirements in New Zealand.

  • Advising Halifax New Zealand in relation to its derivatives based retail investor disclosure documentation.

  • Advising the joint underwriter and co-lead manager on the £140m initial public offering and listing on the London Stock Exchange of Cadogan Petroleum PLC.

  • Advising PQ Blackwell on its international joint venture with Moleskine.

  • Advising Xerox on the sale of its finance leasing business by means of a multi-jurisdictional asset sale.

  • Advising a consortium of investors on the private sale of six operating companies across Europe to Telekom Austria AG.

  • Advising a property fund on the corporate sale of a hotel in Europe by means of a competitive auction process.

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

  • Advising KKR's European fund on multiple acquisitions in London and Germany.

  • Advising DFS Furniture Company plc as the target of a takeover by means of a scheme of arrangement.

  • Advising European Capital Management on its global outsourcing of certain aspects of its European funds management business.

  • Advising Sciele Pharma, Inc. on its equity investment in a publicly listed company and entry into a long-term exclusive supply agreement.

  • Acting for a consortium established by Five Mile Capital Partners on its takeover approach to Northern Rock.

  • Advising a global fund in relation to its investment in dairy farming assets and real estate in Brazil.

  • Advising the managers of Flo-tech Holdings Limited in relation to its PE funded management buy-out.

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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