Anna was admitted to the bar in 1998 after studying Law and Arts (Psychology) at the University of Otago. She spent two years working at the Crown Prosecutor’s office in Christchurch before moving to London in 2000. Anna spent the next three years in London working in the finance department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, as well as in the in-house legal teams for Enron and its successor in the energy market, American Electric Power.
Anna returned to Christchurch in early 2003, and began working at Saunders Robinson Brown. She became a partner in April 2004. Anna advises clients on a wide array of commercial matters. She has a particular focus on company law and structuring, as well as commercial property matters. Anna also has expertise in advising clients on securities law compliance issues that arise in the course of commercial transactions.
Anna advises clients on all aspects of property development, from acquisition to the funding, subdivision and sale of subdivided properties. She also acts for a range of commercial property owners and has extensive experience in providing practical and commercially focused advice on leasing arrangements.
In addition to her general commercial expertise, Anna also has particular expertise in health related commercial matters, including structuring health entities and the drafting of complex health contracts and other documentation.
Some of Anna's recent work includes:
- Advising Partnership Health (Canterbury) on its amalgamation with another health entity
- Acting in respect of a major subdivision with in excess of 700 sections
- Acting in respect of major, high-end, residential developments, including assisting with financing, documentation, subdivision and sales
- Advising a statutory manager and later a receiver in respect of the sale of substantial and complex distressed asset
- Undertaking a strategic review of a not-for-profit organisation's structure and operations, identifying areas of risk and improvement. This involved Implementing organisational and operational changes, including liaising with government departments and ensuring compliance with contractual and audit requirements
- Transitioning a successful family business involving eight franchises into a new succession model involving complex tax, structural, franchisor and transactional issues
- Advising a prestigious professional services firm on succession matters including implementation of the succession plan, sale of shares, drafting a robust and practical Shareholder Agreement and post-retirement arrangements
- Member of INSOL New Zealand
- Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand (Inc)
- Member of the Canterbury Women's Legal Association (CWLA)
- Committee Member of Women in Restructuring & Insolvency (WIRI)
- Member of Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association of New Zealand Incorporated (RITANZ)
- Chair of the Paparoa Street School Board of Trustees
- Trustee of the Te Rangatahi Tumanako Trust (The Youth Hope Trust)
- Member of the New Zealand Law Society
- Member of the Commercial/Property Committee for the Canterbury-Westland branch of the New Zealand Law Society
- Member of the Women in Property section of the Property Council of New Zealand