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Whitney Robinson

Senior Associate, Auckland

Corporate Advisory

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Whitney provides practical and creative corporate law advice to clients that balances their business interests with their risk appetite, including advice regarding M&A transactions, business structuring, procurement processes, internal reorganisations, incorporation, franchising, and corporate governance.

She advises on a full range of commercial matters, including drafting and negotiating complex service and distribution agreements, service agreements, supply agreements, and operations and maintenance agreements.

Experience

Whitney joined Russell McVeagh in 2022 from Blake, Cassels & Graydon in Toronto, Canada, where she gained extensive experience advising domestic and international clients spanning multiple sectors, including private equity, healthcare, technology, and food and beverage.

During her time in Canada, she worked on major M&A transactions where she gained significant experience drafting, negotiating, and reviewing various transaction documents. She also worked on a number of pro bono files for charitable and not-for-profit organisations.

Whitney has her master's degree in the biochemistry field and uses this experience to advise clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health sciences industries.

Some of her work highlights include advising:

  • Bartek Ingredients on its sale to TorQuest Partners

  • Xero Limited on its acquisition of Hubdoc, a leading data capture solution

  • Maple Leaf Foods Inc. on its acquisition of LightLife Foods

  • Canada Bread Company, Limited on its acquisition of Stonemill Bakery

  • Lavazza S.p.A. on its acquisition of Kicking Horse Coffee Co. Ltd.

  • IMCD Group, a Netherlands-based public company, in connection with its acquisition of L.V. Lomas, a private Canadian and U.S. specialty and ingredients distributor

  • Just Eat PLC, the world's leading online takeaway order company, on its acquisition of SkipTheDishes Restaurant Services

  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank on its acquisition of institutional asset manager Greystone Managed Investments Inc.

  • KPS Capital on its purchase of TaylorMade Golf from adidas

  • Encore Consumer Capital on its sale of Atlantic Aqua Farms and its affiliated entities to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

  • McKeil Marine on its sale to TorQuest Partners

  • Various pension plans and other institutional investors on their private equity, real estate and infrastructure fund investments

Credentials

Juris Doctor, Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Kingston, ON

  • Dean's honour list

  • Recipient of six Queen’s Law Medals for top academic standing in the following legal subject matters: Tax, Securities Law, Advanced Legal Research, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Health Law and International Environmental and Resource Law
​Master of Science in Biology and Biochemistry, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
Honours Bachelor of Science, Biology, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Professional

Whitney was engaged as both a speaker and panellist for a variety of conferences and events during her time in Canada.

She is an author of a number of publications, including:

  • Robinson, W.D., et al. (2020). COVID-19 Checklist: Key Considerations for Board Members of Charities and Not-for-Profits

  • Robinson, W.D., et al. (2015). Supreme Court affirms constitutionality of administrative monetary penalty. Lexology

  • Legal memorandum published in McCormack, Nancy et al. (2015). The Practical Guide to Canadian Legal Research, 4th ed. Thomson Reuters Canada.

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