Commercial Law Series: When M&A Goes Wrong — Lessons Learned and How to Avoid the Pitfalls (live stream)

Live Stream 2 CPD Hrs
Thu 20 June | 4:00PM - 6:15PM | Your desk or on your portable device


From the smallest deal to the largest, M&A by its nature involves entire businesses and is always complex.

In this session, Cameron Taylor and Ben Jacobs will draw on their combined four decades of experience buying and selling businesses to draw out where they have seen transactions go wrong, what can be learned from those experiences and how to avoid similar issues recurring on your own deals.

Learning outcomes

  • Acquire a better understanding of key risks in M&A transactions.
  • Receive guidance about when and how early preparation can help prevent later issues.
  • Understand the benefits of thorough due diligence, including the appropriate use of vendor due diligence.
  • Receive the benefit of practitioners' perspectives on the relevant transaction documentation.

Who should attend?

General practitioners as well as junior to intermediate commercial lawyers seeking to develop further their core skills. Accountants and financial advisers seeking to better understand the legal dimension to M&A may also benefit from attending.

Live stream registration only

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Cameron Taylor

Cameron is a partner in the Corporate team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts.  He works with clients on a broad range of strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), takeovers and takeover defence, joint ventures, restructurings, capital raising, IPO’s and corporate governance.

Cameron regularly advises leading private and listed companies, financial institutions and private equity firms. He has extensive experience in the New Zealand market, as well as in New York and London where he worked for Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, one of the world’s premier law firms. He is often invited to speak at international conferences on M&A and corporate finance.

He was admitted to the bar in New York in 2002 and in New Zealand in 1998

Benjamin Jacobs
Special Counsel

Ben is a skilled corporate finance practitioner specialising in all aspects of public and private M&A, equity capital markets and joint venture work. Over a career spanning 17 years, he has advised major industrials, small corporates, private equity and financial institutions.

Ben is also an experienced adviser on corporate law issues, including to listed companies, and has a wide variety of experience in diverse fields such as securitisation and Islamic finance.

Most recently, Ben spent five years working for Barclays Bank in London where he was responsible for all legal aspects of M&A and equity transactions conducted by the bank worldwide.

In addition to his deep experience of financial services transactions, this gives him a unique insight into the needs of inhouse lawyers and helps him to provide incisive support to management and business leads on corporate transactions.