Ashton Goatley


Ashton is a corporate and commercial lawyer in the Auckland office of Webb Henderson.

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Ashton is a corporate and commercial lawyer in the Auckland office of Webb Henderson.

Ashton has experience advising on complex transactions and regulatory matters for both New Zealand and overseas clients including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters and commercial contracts.

Ashton’s experience includes advising:

  • Astana International Exchange (Kazakhstan) on amendments to its listing rules to enable the listing of collective investment schemes and junior mining companies;
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited on the restructuring of its Darnum joint venture with Beingmate Baby & Child Food Co;
  • 9 Spokes International Limited on efforts to raise capital by introducing strategic investors, the establishment of bridge financing arrangements, amendments to those arrangements, and capital raising by a fully underwritten rights issue;
  • a major New Zealand business on corporate governance matters, including the key out-takes of the APRA review into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia;
  • Douglas Pharmaceuticals on its acquisition of Practicare and joint venture with Arrow Pharmaceuticals;
  • Provident Insurance on its acquisition of the Co-op Insurance NZ business;
  • Vicon Motion Systems / Oxford Metrics on its acquisition of IMeasureU Limited, an early-stage technology business; and
  • Genesis Energy Limited on its $192m acquisition of the retail LPG business of Nova Energy, including complex transitional services arrangements.

Ashton is an author of the 2019 and 2020 Chambers Global Practice Guide on Corporate Governance (New Zealand) and was selected as an NZ Lawyer Rising Star for 2021.

Ashton was admitted to practice in New Zealand in 2013.  Before joining Webb Henderson, Ashton was a senior solicitor in the corporate team of a leading New Zealand firm.