Andrew Knight

Special Counsel

Areas of Expertise

Disruptive Innovation
Privacy and Data Protection
AML & CFT Act Compliance
Banking and Finance
Commercial Contracts
Commercial Property and Bodies Corporate
Company & Corporate Structuring
Construction and Building Matters
Consumer and Fair Trading Claims
Financial Adviser and Financial Service Provider Compliance and Advice
Intellectual Property
Mergers, Sales and Acquisitions
Securities Law
Telecommunications Law
Insolvency & Debt Recovery



  • helps clients to set up and structure businesses in the most efficient way, ensuring agreements are clearly worded and designed to anticipate future issues and prevent future problems;
  • provides advice and assistance to directors, boards and managers as well as shareholders and stakeholders in all manner of bodies corporate;
  • helps clients to draft and negotiate contracts, and assists to interpret and enforce contracts and resolve contractual disputes. Clients often come to Andrew with unusual contracts – eg there is unusual subject matter, complex interactions between a number of different legal documents, the contracts are in highly technical areas or deal with complex issues or subject matter. By ensuring Andrew understands the business context and his client’s expectations Andrew ensures these contracts meet all their needs and anticipates issues that may occur in the future;
  • helps clients to structure, negotiate, document, secure and complete all manner of finance transactions. Andrew provides full advice on structuring finance and capital raising, both publicly and privately, including the issue of debt/equity or other securities, as well as on all aspects of related regulation and securitisation.

If you want to work with a lawyer who's good at seeing the big picture and putting pieces into an integrated whole within your business context and who provides insight and solutions, then Andrew can help.

Andrew will listen to you, get you to explain anything he is unclear about, and get to know your business, so that he can deliver you with best value by identifying and resolving all of your issues as part of your business team. There’s more to law than giving clients a standard document. He will provide ideas and work hard to get an outcome you will be happy with.

Andrew has a number of longstanding clients because he gets personally involved in and cares about their businesses and he often worries more about his client’s problems than his own. He enjoys working out how to put things together and getting results that others think are impossible or haven’t thought about.


Andrew initially studied for a BA in ancient history in an attempt to be Indiana Jones. His dream was derailed by a lack of funds to finance any initial expeditions and he instead obtained employment in the public service.

Andrew worked for the MED (1990-1999) for the Official Assignee/Companies Office and in the Auckland “Enforcement” unit, undertaking a large variety of roles/duties and becoming intimately familiar with corporate law as well as businesses of all types – particularly the reasons for business failure which gives him insight in how to avoid potential pitfalls. The lawyers there encouraged him to study for a law degree.

He worked both full and part-time while studying law. Upon graduating Andrew joined Rudd Watts & Stone (which became Minter Ellison), undertaking specialised corporate structuring and advice work, venture capital matters (eg preparing corporate and contract structures and compliance documentation under the Securities Act 1978), M&A and all related contractual, banking and finance advice and drafting. Andrew moved to Lowndes Associates near the end of 2001 where he continued with the same type of commercial law work as well as undertaking more general commercial law/commercial property work.

Andrew joined McVeagh Fleming in 2003, became an Associate in 2004, Partner in 2007 and Special Counsel in 2022.


BA, University of Auckland 1989

LLB (Hons), University of Auckland 1999


Examples of transactions

  • Engaged to negotiate/agree a high level hardware/software, support and licensing agreements for a US S&P 500 company with one of NZ’s leading telcos which led to an ongoing relationship providing general commercial law support for this client.
  • Restructured a large private corporate entity whose structure included numerous related partnerships, trusts and diverse stakeholders and provided an agreement for the core stakeholders that provided a mechanism that had anticipated the possibility of (and quickly resolved) a serious future issue the client had not envisaged occurring.
  • Assisted a second tier lender over the course of two years to actually recover their approximately $100M principal in a large central Auckland property development where the main director and guarantor of the borrower had fled the country after engaging in rather dubious corporate practises and been declared bankrupt. This was a very satisfying job which involved providing full commercial law support to a trouble-shooter employed by the client with the mandate to salvage as much as they could from a terrible situation. We achieved what everyone else had considered impossible and salvaged the principal amount of the investment through a minefield of legal issues in multiple areas of commercial law.

Main Practice Areas

Outside Interests

Andrew loves spending time with his wife and two sons. He enjoys reading and the written word and getting ideas and interesting concepts across in a clear way. Andrew's ambition is to write novels when he retires, but he would be a publishers’ nightmare because they would all be on totally different subjects!