A number of lawyers in the Power List, including Top 10 member and Westpac chief executive David McLean, a former Wellington lawyer, are big league company directors and also the Power List’s Number 12, Mai Chen, who is BNZ director and also Mark Verbiest (No. 22).
But there are a number of other high profile lawyers holding significant public company directorships or other major, private interest directorships.
Among the other leading contenders with legal backgrounds:
Mark Binns –
The former Simpson Grierson partner was Chief Executive at Meridian and retires at the end of 2017 and was previously Chief Executive of the Infrastructure Division of Fletcher Building Limited. He worked at Fletcher Building and Fletcher Challenge, its predecessor, for 22 years.
Mark Cooper –
The man behind Britomart and major developments in the US and elsewhere, former Russell McVeagh partner Mark Cooper is principal in his Cooper and Company and is a former Executive Director of Lion Nathan, CEO of LD Nathan & Co. and Joint Managing Director of Mace Development Corporation.
Jason Boyes heads legal services for Infratril and banker Morrison & Co, joining the firm from Buddle Findlay where he had spent seven years as a partner and handling finance deals for the Z Energy deal.
The growth of Infratril as a leading infrastructure investor has cemented his place as a key operator working on some of the biggest deals in the country, as well as co-coordinating legal work from outside firms.
The CEO of Britomart developer Cooper & Co, owned by former Russell McVeagh partner Cooper, Matthew Cockram is himself a former Bell Gully partner who also worked effectively as a senior executive at Southern Cross.
Helping to lead the drive to transform the Britomart into a trendy and successful hospitality and business precinct, his commercial, negotiation and leadership skills mark him as one of Auckland’s important and powerful leaders.
Simon Herbert –
An ‘A List’ rich lister, Simon Herbert, developer of Bayswater Marina Village and other significant investments.
He hit the news with the $20 million sale of their Remuera Mansion, (below) which was formerly owned by David Richwhite, and in respect of a stoush over a deal involving 246 Queen Street.