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Hayden Laird

Lawyer – Special Counsel


06 7683583


  • LLB(Hons)/BCom — University of Otago
  • Admitted in NZ (2004) and England (2007) (Solicitor and Barrister)
  • Qualified Corporate Governance Professional (Dist.inction — Governance NZ)


  • 2O years’ legal experience
  • New Zealand and International
  • Private practice and in-house counsel experience

Areas of specialisation:

  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Business
  • Contracts
  • Disputes

Known for:

  • Sensible, practical and commercially-focussed solutions

Example transaction experience:

  • cross-border business acquisition (share purchase) including acquisition finance and legal due diligence
  • equity partnerships (including limited partnerships and companies)
  • sale and purchase of business (both share and asset sales)
  • shareholder disputes and exits
  • employee shareholder structures
  • commercial contracting
  • fintech start-u p structuring and regulatory advice
  • capital raising
  • refinancing
  • business and family succession issues
  • commercial dispute resolution

Outside work Hayden enjoys making the most of all Taranaki has to offer and keeping fit (running and swimming). He is a proud dad with a family of four girls (4th generation Taranakians)