Matthew Olsen

Matthew Olsen

Partner since 2014.

Areas of expertise.

– Mergers & Acquisitions
– Commercial Services
– Corporate Advisory
– Private Equity & Venture Capital
– Capital Markets
– Financial Services Regulation


LLB (Hons), BCom, University of Auckland


ddi: +64 9 921 6097
mob: +64 29 921 6014


Matthew is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, with considerable experience on a wide range of corporate activity including domestic and foreign M&A, joint ventures and ECM, with a particular focus on foreign direct investment.

Matthew has been recognised for his work in the corporate and M&A area in the Legal 500 and is recognised by the International Financial Law Review as a rising star. Matthew advised Deutsche Bank, KKR and Varde on their $8bn acquisition of GE’s Australia and New Zealand consumer finance business. This transaction won international deal of the year at the 2016 New Zealand Law Awards.

Recent Transactions.

  • Acted for a global fund in relation to its investment in several of New Zealand’s largest private dairy holdings.
  • Act for several global corporates and investment funds in relation to their capital intensive venture capital and general growth-focused investments.
  • PSE listed Universal Robina Corporation on its NZ$700m acquisition of Griffin’s Foods from Pacific Equity Partners and its A$600m acquisition of Snack Brands Australia.
  • KKR, Värde Partners and Deutsche Bank on its acquisition of GE Capital’s A$8bn consumer finance business, and Bain Capital and Deutsche Bank on the acquisition of GE Capital’s commercial finance portfolio.
  • Intermediate Capital Group in relation to the IPO of Tegel Foods.
  • TPG in relation to the acquisition and then ASX IPO of Inghams.
  • Lempriere Australia in relation to the merger and partial divestment of its wool scour assets with Cavalier.