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Mei Fern advises on complex commercial contracting and on mergers and acquisitions, with particular expertise in investment in (and procurement of) infrastructure, technology, transport and energy (including oil and gas) projects.
She advises on foreign inbound investments and divestments, the establishment of joint ventures, significant outsourcing contracts (including contracting with the Government), and the introduction of new technologies.
Mei Fern is experienced in stakeholder management, having worked on various high profile and sensitive projects. She provides expert advice in major procurement and tendering processes, including responding to Government tender processes.
She also advises on a full range of Board and statutory risk management and governance matters.
Mei Fern works with private sector and public sector clients, including having been (Acting) General Counsel for a significant Crown Entity for 18 months.
Mei Fern is a transactional lawyer who also provides pragmatic legal advice to clients operating in complex legal and commercial environments. Key clients include Mobil Oil New Zealand, The Dow Chemical Company, Accident Compensation Corporation, New Zealand Police, KiwiRail and Origin Energy.
Recent experience includes advising:
LLB (Hons), BCom, University of Auckland.
Mei Fern was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 2000.
She has received a number of independent rankings and awards, including being recognised as:
Projects that Mei Fern has led have won various awards, including:
She also led projects that were finalists for the following awards:
She co-authored the New Zealand chapters of the Chambers and Partners Public Procurement and Government Contracts Law Global Practice Guide 2019; The Energy Regulation and Markets Review (2nd ed); and Chambers and Partners Corporate M&A Legal Practice Guide 2016. She is also co-editor of Russell McVeagh's Energy Blog, which puts a spotlight on the renewable energy sector in New Zealand and the regimes other countries have used to boost generation in this growing sector.
Mei Fern is an experienced adviser to Board members and senior executives, including from her time as (Acting) General Counsel at a significant Crown entity.
She is an advisory board member for Totum Limited (a software as a service provider in the oil and gas sector) and has previously been a Russell McVeagh Board member for two terms. Mei Fern is also a member of Global Women and the Institute of Directors.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Mining, Oil and Gas
Technology and Digital
Transportation, Shipping and Logistics
Energy and Renewables
Infrastructure and Projects
International Trade and Investment
Special Counsel, Corporate Advisory
Consultant, Corporate Advisory
Partner, Corporate Advisory
Partner, Technology and Digital
Senior Associate, Corporate Advisory