Rising Star at DLA Piper moves to Anthony Harper

The corporate advisory expert is set to join the national firm’s partnership soon

Rising Star at DLA Piper moves to Anthony Harper
Sam Wilson AH

DLA Piper New Zealand senior associate Sam Wilson has made the move to Anthony Harper as a special counsel.

With approval from the New Zealand Law Society, he is set to join Anthony Harper’s partnership in Christchurch in the next few months.

“Sam’s experience will be of particular interest to many of our South Island clients. There is significant growth and innovation happening in the local tech and life sciences sectors and, with it, interest from overseas funds and firms in investment, and mergers and acquisitions. This work requires specialist skills and experience, which Sam brings,” Anthony Harper managing partner Malcolm Hurley said in a statement published by NBR.

Wilson was named to NZ Lawyer’s Rising Star list in 2020. He has worked within the supermarket, media, technology, and health sciences sectors on a wide range of corporate matters.

He has tackled domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity, venture capital, emerging growth companies, joint ventures and corporate restructuring.

“Anthony Harper is a firm with an excellent reputation, both in the city, and nationwide. Professionally, Christchurch is home to some of the country’s most progressive tech and innovation companies and an exciting place to be, given the way it is harnessing the power of an innovation economy through ecosystems of entrepreneurs,” Wilson explained. “We were excited at the idea of raising our children in an environment that offers easy access to the sorts of recreational pursuits we thrive on.”

Wilson is also applying his expertise as the South Island programme director for OnBoard NZ, which offers opportunities for talents in the tech sector to network with the boards of startup companies.

“I’m excited to be able to grow this initiative in 2022, offering more startup entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from those with more experience while contributing fresh perspectives to boards of established companies,” he said.

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