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Max Kwan


Max Kwan is a solicitor working across the Auckland corporate and tax teams. Max has experience advising clients on the legal and tax implications associated with M&A, corporate restructuring, financing, employee share option plans and renewable energy projects, with a particular focus on international tax and corporate structuring. Max also has significant experience in underwriting W&I insurance for New Zealand's largest transactions.

Max advises clients from domestic start-ups to large listed multinational enterprises across a variety of different industries including private equity, entertainment, technology, insurance and renewable energy.

Max has a strong interest in renewable energy, financial markets and the potential opportunities that arise from emerging technologies such as AI and blockchain.

Professional QualificationsBarrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand


  • Advising Wētā FX Limited, and its shareholders Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju, on the sale of Wētā’s VFX Tech Division to Unity Software Inc.
  • Advising multinational enterprises on employee share option plans (ESOPs) offered to New Zealand domiciled employees and contractors.
  • Advising warranty and indemnity insurers across the Asia-Pacific region including AIG, Liberty Global Solutions, Fusion and Volante on the provision of warranty and indemnity insurance for large-scale New Zealand and cross-border transactions.
  • Advising various renewable energy businesses on regulatory and structuring matters associated with projects in New Zealand.
  • Advising various multinational enterprises on their New Zealand tax and transfer pricing obligations.
  • Advising various private equity clients on fund formation, regulation and operational matters.
  • University of Auckland, LLB, 2022
  • University of Auckland, BCom (Economics and Finance), 2022

Prior Experience

2020-21, Corporate International Tax at Big 4 accounting firm