MinterEllisonRuddWatts partners with Iron Duke, steps-up public-policy prowess

by Sol Dolor01 Apr 2019

MinterEllisonRuddWatts has partnered with a leader in public-policy and complex-projects advisory.

The top-tier NZ firm has announced a strategic partnership with Iron Duke Partners. The two market leaders will use their collective insights, networks, and commercial skills to help clients navigate the intersections of public policy and the drive for commercial outcomes.

“Iron Duke brings expertise in aligning public policy debates and discussions across the business and political landscapes, while MinterEllisonRuddWatts helps clients with the real world application of public policy on their strategies and operations,” the firms said.

Andrew Poole, MinterEllisonRuddWatts chief executive, said business leaders constantly seek clearer insights to help them navigate and influence their operating environments.

“Our strategic partnership with Iron Duke closely aligns with our core strategy and provides a more complete service to our clients. Working together, we can advise our respective clients on matters that have both public law and public policy angles. This fresh offer will provide greater insight to our clients, and further assist them in making well-informed decisions,” he said.

The agreement comes as New Zealand businesses aim for better performance amid a continuously changing global public-policy and trade environment. To achieve goals, businesses need excellent advice to benefit from opportunities that stem from this setting, the firms said.

Phil O’Reilly, Iron Duke managing director, explained the essence of the new partnership between the two firms.

“We both share a strong view that creating better public policy outcomes is good for all New Zealanders, and this stands at the core of our strategic partnership,” he said. “New Zealand’s public policy is in a state of flux, global trade is experiencing a once in a generation ‘reset’ and global competition is intensifying. A deep understanding and commercial acumen are essential for organisations to take action and create positive outcomes for New Zealand’s diverse communities.”

Phil O'Reilly and Andrew Poole