Don has over 22 years’ experience as a chartered accountant in Christchurch, Auckland, London, New York and Malaysia, and was recently made a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand in recognition for his service to the accounting profession.

Don is a tax specialist, and prior to joining Grant Thornton New Zealand he had 12 years’ experience advising predominantly large corporate clients for big 4 firms.

His clients have included some of the largest corporates in New Zealand and he has advised on the tax structuring, due diligence of acquisitions and initial public offerings for a number of transactions including the acquisition and subsequent restructure of a New Zealand company for NZ$950m (making it one of the largest deals in New Zealand in recent years).

Don has recent experience in advising New Zealand clients with Chinese shareholders, and he has advised on tax structuring both inbound and outbound from New Zealand.

He has strong technical skills having worked in a variety of software roles heading up development teams. This combined with experience both within a professional services firm environment and in industry gives him a different perspective which often results in unique and innovative solutions.

Qualifications
  • BCom, University of Auckland
  • MTaxS (honours), Tax, University of Auckland
  • Chartered Accountant (CA) of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Fellow, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand