Tom Corkill

LLB, BCom, Senior Associate

Tom is a senior associate in the national Corporate & Commercial Team.  He graduated from the University of Otago with an LLB and BCom in Finance.

Tom has significant corporate advisory, banking and finance experience and has worked on a number of domestic and cross border transactions both in New Zealand and Europe.  Tom is experienced in all areas of insolvency and assists clients, lenders and other capital providers with insolvency processes, restructuring, accessing Government relief packages, equity capital raising, dispute management and refinancing / establishing debt facilities.

Prior to joining Wynn Williams, Tom worked for a leading international law firm in London, and prior to that, another leading New Zealand law firm.
Tom is recognised by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 with one client commenting that he "is an associate destined to become a successful partner. He is ahead of his years and confidently navigates a deal process, often negotiating and working with advisors across a wide spectrum of low-to-high seniority with ease. He is becoming my ‘go-to’ more and more.”  Another client describes him as "both highly responsive, commercial and offers support above and beyond normal expectations.”
"I am focused on providing tailored advice to clients to assist them in achieving their commercial goals."

Recent Projects

  • Advising Castlerock Partners on its investment in a joint venture acquiring the assets of Vivo Hair Salons.

  • Advising Milford Private Equity on its Series B investment in Cluey Learning, an Australian based online tutoring platform for school students.

  • Advising Milford Private Equity on its investment into the 45 South Group, one of New Zealand’s largest vertically integrated cherry businesses.

  • Advising the major shareholders in Auckland-based Agility CIS Limited on their share sale to London-based private equity firm SilverTree Equity and Auckland-based Pioneer Capital.

  • Advising certain directors and employees in NZX listed Serko on their secondary offering.

  • Advising the Reddy Group on the merger of its Fiji based Clyde equipment hire business with the Acrow Group, New Zealand’s largest scaffolding, formwork, falsework and event infrastructure business.

  • Advising Castlerock Partners on its investment in a joint venture acquiring the assets of the Hell Pizza business.

  • Advising RG Coffee Limited in connection with is investment in the Ozone Coffee business.

  • Advising the founding shareholder on his sale of shares in the Trak Group.

  • Advising Nederlandse Tapijten Holding B.V., an entity associated with the Belgotex global flooring business, on its acquisition of Irvine International Floors.

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

  • Advising the founding shareholder on his two-stage sell down of 100% of the shares in HomeTech Limited to Just Water International Limited.

  • Advising the purchasers on a minority stake in ABC Business Sales Limited.

  • Advising the vendors on the sale of a majority stake in Digital Commons Limited and Digital Commons Australia Pty Ltd to QMS.

  • Advising Gordon Handy Machinery Limited on the sale of its John Deere retail assets.

  • Advising Little Bird Organics Limited on its equity crowdfunding raise.

  • Advising Invivo Wines on its equity crowdfunding and wholesale investor funding raises.

  • Advising the vendors on the sale of the Knight Frank New Zealand business.

  • Advising HW Richardson Group on its multi-bank funding arrangements.

  • Acting for ANZ Bank New Zealand on various property finance transactions.

  • Advising Silicon Valley Bank on New Zealand elements of several multi-jurisdiction lending transactions.

  • Advising Total Access Limited on its core banking arrangements.

  • Advising Electric Kiwi on its bank funding arrangements.

  • Advising Cardinal Logistics on its banking arrangements.

Recent Articles


COVID-19 The Business Finance Guarantee Scheme

On 1 April the New Zealand Government, together with retail banks and the Reserve Bank announced the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme package for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 corporate and commercial considerations for M&A transactions

Whilst the impact of COVID-19 on M&A activity in New Zealand and around the globe is not yet known, there are certain steps that vendors and purchasers should consider.

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Capital raise – there is no one size fits all

When looking to raise equity capital for your business, it is crucial to understand that there is no one size fits all approach. A business will need to understand the full range of capital raising options available to it and then choose the option which not only optimises the actual cash raised but the value added to the business by an investor.

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