The new partner has particular expertise with cross-border transactions
Corporate and commercial property law-specialist firm Burton Partners has welcomed special counsel Hayden Smith to the partnership.
Smith was first admitted in 2005 after obtaining his degree from Auckland University. He has been working in the legal profession for 15 years, both as a private practitioner and as an in-house lawyer.
He specialises in M&A, joint ventures, capital raisings, investment structuring and corporate advisory. He has drafted and negotiated commercial contracts such as supply and distribution arrangements.
Smith has particular experience with cross-border deals, having resided overseas and worked in Abu Dhabi for global firm Trowers & Hamlins. He also served as deputy GC at International Petroleum Investment Company for a time.
The Legal 500 named him a New Zealand “Next Generation Lawyer” for corporate/commercial in 2018.
Smith first joined Burton Partners as a special counsel last year, after a stint as a senior associate at DLA Piper. His clients come from the hospitality and leisure, technology and retail sectors, among others.
“Hayden’s appointment as partner reflects the continued growth of the firm’s corporate/commercial practice and adds further depth to the firm’s M&A capability,” Burton Partners said.