International dairy company’s board welcomes former MinterEllisonRuddWatts chair

Cathy Quinn’s specialist expertise is a valuable asset to the company, the firm says

International dairy company’s board welcomes former MinterEllisonRuddWatts chair
Cathy Quinn

International dairy company Fonterra has brought former MinterEllisonRuddWatts chair and current consultant Cathy Quinn ONZM onto its board.

Quinn focuses on corporate and commercial law, particularly mergers, acquisitions, securities law, corporate governance and private equity. She has worked with the government, agribusiness and health and aging sectors.

She has expertise with matters involving directors’ duties, and has also handled issues involving offshore ventures, divestments, regulation, restructurings and joint ventures. She has assisted boards on governance matters, and conducted governance training to directors along with a top accounting firm.

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Quinn was a part of the Securities Commission for nine years, and was the sole lawyer elected to the government’s Capital Markets Development Taskforce.

At present, she is an independent director of Fletcher Building, Tourism Holdings and Rangatira Investment. She is also on the executive board of the New Zealand China Council, and sits on the advisory board to the New Zealand Treasury.

Quinn chaired MinterEllisonRuddWatts from 2009-2016. While she is now retired from the partnership, she continues to practise as part of the firm’s M&A and private equity groups. In addition, she works with the firm’s China practice, and has provided advice to Asian entities investing in sectors like dairy and forestry in New Zealand.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts chief executive Andrew Poole congratulated Quinn on her appointment to the board of one of the world’s leading dairy companies.

“Cathy’s appointment is very well deserved and recognises her leading reputation in New Zealand’s governance community. Her highly regarded perspective and specialist expertise will be valuable assets to Fonterra’s board as it positions itself for the future,” Poole said.

Fonterra recently divested its farms in China for over $550m with the aid of a team from Russell McVeagh.

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