profile: chris turner

chris turner

I am a dual-qualified English and New Zealand lawyer and have lived and worked in London, New Zealand and Dubai. I have worked for leading international law firms throughout my career - providing corporate and commercial legal advice to senior management of numerous international companies.

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Enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand since February 1994. Current practising certificate.

Enrolled as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, PQE over 20 years. Current practising certificate (to work through SRA registered solicitors)..

I am a dual-qualified English and New Zealand lawyer and have lived and worked in London, New Zealand and Dubai.  I have worked for leading international law firms throughout my career - providing corporate and commercial legal advice to senior management of numerous international companies.

I have acted at all stages of the acquisition and disposal process for both buyers and sellers.  I have significant due diligence experience on complex and high-value deals in many jurisdictions - specialising in the efficient review and analysis of material contracts and the provision of focussed, timely and commercial advice and solutions.  When I undertake due diligence, I consider:  What are the key commercial imperatives of the deal?  Where is the value in the target? How does the contract under review impact on this?  What issues and risks arise from the contract and how can these be avoided, mitigated, or resolved?

In-house general counsel (consultant) for Australian and New Zealand branch operations of international provider of risk management products and services – insurer (Australia (2016 – 2019) and New Zealand (since 2016). Responsible for the legal function on all new matters and all current and legacy matters in Australia and New Zealand over the stated periods – involved with the lead business team with initial engagement with clients and suppliers, MOUs/term sheets, and preparation, negotiation and finalisation of formal legal documentation. Agreements include: authorised representative agreements, underwriting agreements, binder agreements, distribution agreements, reinsurance arrangements, call centre and other outsourcing arrangements, NDAs.

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