John Stephens


John has been a partner since 2002 and heads the corporate and commercial department at Meredith Connell. 

John provides pragmatic and commercial advice to New Zealand and overseas clients on a wide range of legal issues, specialising in corporate structuring, asset acquisition and disposal, joint ventures and commercial agreements, shareholder arrangements, property finance and construction.

John is a trusted adviser to his clients, acting on behalf of private equity funds, government departments, public bodies, listed and closely held companies, as well as individuals.

Advising an international private equity fund on its global operations and acting as its lead counsel in USA, the UK and New Zealand in relation to asset acquisitions, capital raising, debt financing, group restructuring and contractual arrangements for resort management, including two separate joint ventures with Time Warner and the Rockefeller family.

Advising the New Zealand government on its multi-billion dollar programme for the construction of schools nation wide, including procurement and contracting arrangements and the negotiation of settlements arising out of defect claims including a multi-million dollar product liability claim against cladding manufacturers. 

Advising the New Zealand government on the $200 million underwrite of the Eden Park redevelopment for Rugby World Cup 2011 and the restructuring of the governing body of Eden Park, the Eden Park Trust Board.

CPE/LSFE, Guildford College of Law;

BA(Hons), University of Exeter