Managing partner resigns for banking role

by Hannah Norton02 Jul 2015
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts managing partner Mark Weenink has resigned to take up the role of general manager (regulatory affairs, compliance) and general counsel at Westpac NZ.

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts chair Cathy Quinn made the announcement today.

Weenink first joined the firm in 2007; and despite the GFC, the firm has seen steady growth in partners and clients since then.

“Mark has been with us through a period of major change,” Quinn said.

“Working with the Minters board and partners, he helped us shape our strategy and grow our partner base.

“We now have a very talented and driven partnership that includes some of the best lawyers in the country.”

Matters the firm has worked on in the last few years include major roles around the Pike River Tragedy, all of the PPPs in NZ to date, working with CERA on the Canterbury rebuild and Z’s recent acquisition of Chevron NZ, Quinn said.

“We have also played a very active role in many of the major corporate transactions and overseas investments into New Zealand. We’re also the only firm who works with all the major banks.”

Weenink said he was proud of the work the firm had been involved in.

“Client feedback about our model and client service approach has been very positive, and - while not everyone in the market is yet aware - our people are some of the best.

“Given the strong position the firm is now in, I feel it’s a good time for a new challenge.”

Quinn said the firm was delighted for Weenink’s appointment.

“It’s a fantastic role and an exciting new opportunity for him, especially as he leaves the firm in great shape.

“We are, of course, sad to see Mark go-he has done a great job here over eight years.”