Phoebe Davies

LLB (Hons), BSc (Hons), Partner

Phoebe is a partner in the national Corporate & Commercial Team.  She advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial law, including overseas investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring, shareholders’ agreements, corporate governance and commercial contracts.

Phoebe acts for clients in a broad range of industry sectors with specialist knowledge in the agribusiness and consumer finance sectors.

In addition to Phoebe's New Zealand experience, she has worked for international firms in both London and Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and is qualified to practice law in both New Zealand and England & Wales.
"I use my legal knowledge along with a pragmatic commercial approach to help clients achieve their aims. I have worked with a diverse range of clients, from start-ups to international companies. Having spent nearly two years on secondment with a client I understand the pressures clients can face, how to try to resolve matters and provide options, rather than presenting obstacles."

Recent Projects

  • The following are examples of Phoebe's legal work whilst at Wynn Williams and other firms:

  • Advising a NZX listed client to ensure their consumer contracts comply with the CCCFA.

  • Working on a number of overseas investment office applications for the acquisition of sensitive land for kiwifruit orchards, apple orchards and dairy farms, along with exemption applications and variations to existing consents.

  • Acting on the acquisition of a number of dairy farms and orchards for an overseas investment fund.

  • Advising Heilongjiang Binxi Cattle Industry Co Limited on a takeover bid for Blue Sky Meats Limited in compliance with the New Zealand Takeovers Code, valued at approximately $25 million.

  • Advising on an international distribution agreement.

  • Assisting a start-up company on their shareholders’ agreement and terms and conditions of trade.

  • Acting on the acquisition of a chain of UK care homes, which included cross-jurisdictional elements, with a value of approximately $300 million.

Recent Articles


Purchase price allocation: another thing for buyers and sellers to negotiate and agree on from 1 July 2021

If you are looking to buy a business or sell your business in 2021, you will need to be familiar with the new purchase price allocation rules. To date, there has been no requirement for buyers and sellers to agree on an allocated purchase price between assets when buying/selling a business but A recent proposal from IRD will see agreement on purchase price allocation between buyers and sellers become a requirement as of 1 July 2021.

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COVID-19: OIO to screen all overseas investments

The Government has announced that it will amend the Overseas Investment Act in mid-June. From then, the proposal is that all foreign investment that results in a more than 25% ownership interest, an increase in existing interests to, or greater than, 50%, 75%, 100%, or effectively a change of control in the underlying business, must be notified.

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Tighter regulations to be introduced for vouchers and gift cards

Shortly prior to Dick Smith Electronics’ sudden closure back in 2016, the Government established a working group to look at reforming insolvency law and ways to bolster the rights of creditors in the event of liquidations. On 4 November 2019, the Government published the findings of the working group which it intends to include in a future insolvency law reform bill.

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Moving with the times

It always seems to be a rough road for the agri-sector. Recent years have seen it faced with drought, low milk prices and a change in government which has had severe knock on implications not only for overseas investors, but also for famers themselves. The banks are tightening their LVR requirements and some are looking to divest of certain agri-sectors all together.

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  • Trustee of the Standardbred Recycling and Rehoming Canterbury Charitable Trust

  • Committee member of the British New Zealand Business Association (BNZBA)

  • Branch committee member of the NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM)

  • Institute of Directors
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