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Sayuree Ram

Associate
Commercial, Trusts and Estate Planning
09 985 2526

The legal tactician with an innovative approach. 

Sayuree’s clients value her approachable nature and friendly demeanour. She is driven and always goes the extra mile to ensure the best outcomes for her clients, and their repeat business is a testimony to this.

After completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce, Sayuree worked at one of the ‘big four’ accounting firms before spending several years in general practice. Her strong commercial background and experience gained across different areas of law has lead Sayuree to specialise in property law and trusts. She thrives on the challenge of delivering tailored legal solutions that best meet her clients’ needs.

On the inside, Sayuree is admired for being highly organised and maintaining her composure when working under pressure. Sayuree is also our go-to for any matters relating to the Overseas Investment Act and assisting foreign buyers acquire land in New Zealand.

On the outside, Sayuree enjoys having the balance of both city and country lifestyles. She gravitates toward cosy restaurants in the city, whilst long walks in the country provide some tranquility on the weekends. Dog owners tend to keep their furry friends away from her as often ‘man’s best friend’ quickly becomes ‘Sayuree’s best friend’.

 

A’lanah Harrison

Partner
Commercial, Trusts and Estate Planning
09 306 0611

The dexterous thinker with a no-nonsense approach. 

A’lanah’s clients value her pragmatic guidance and legal acuity.

Alert and decisive, A’lanah is known for her perfectionism and likes to hone in on the details. When tackling complex problems she considers all possible angles before crafting practical and savvy solutions.

A’lanah has been practicing law since 2008 and today specialises in trusts and estates. She has a breadth of experience in property and commercial law, and has acted for individuals, companies and charitable trusts.

On the inside, she’s the firm’s walking library – we go to A’lanah for anything and everything.

On the outside, A’lanah dabbles in yoga and swimming, is a doting mum, and enjoys the occasional episode of reality TV.

Raj Gurusinghe

Associate
Commercial, Property
09 306 0629

The insightful dynamo.

Raj’s clients value his energy, pragmatism, and dedication to their needs.

Analytical and resourceful, he is valued for quickly assessing the big picture before locking in on the finer details.

Raj completed a Bachelor of Laws (honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce. After gaining invaluable life and work experience in Europe, he now specialises in commercial and residential transactions for private clients, companies and trusts in our Commercial and Property team.

On the inside, he’s the go-to for time-sensitive, commercial solutions.

On the outside, he’s constantly moving, packing in as much travel and mountain biking as he possibly can.

Ron Arieli

Partner
Commercial
09 306 0614

The game, set and match negotiator. 

Ron’s clients value his passion for business. He anticipates risks and opportunities and simplifies complex legal issues to provide tailored strategic advice. Whilst he appreciates the global view, he is right at home when collar deep in details, negotiations and project management work.

Ron works with large, privately-owned businesses, SMEs, high-net worth individuals and start-ups. He specialises in commercial law, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture and shareholders’ agreements, and corporate restructurings. He also advises on property, trust and estate planning matters.

On the inside, he’s the go-to for commercial triage.

On the outside, he enjoys travel and sports, but only if it includes cricket, soccer or tennis.

Highlights

● Acted for a national waste management business on a range of business acquisitions and divestments and a major restructure

● Advised an investor on the acquisition of an iconic vineyard

● Acted for a family-owned business on the sale of its electrical wholesale business

● Acted for a transport group on its acquisition of several businesses

● Advised on the sale of a minority shareholding in a mobile marketing company

● Acted for a listed agricultural supply business on a major capital raising

● Advised several listed companies on the establishment of their employee share schemes.

Melinda Whyte

Partner
Commercial
09 985 2531

The commercial genie who plays to win.

Melinda’s clients value her expertise and how she explains everything in plain English.

A friendly, helpful, details person, she is known for getting stuck in and a safe pair of hands when the going gets tough.

Melinda has been in Practice since 1996, using her significant in-house experience to gain valuable insight into how legal advice is used in business. This has made her a prized member of our Commercial team where she specialises in company and commercial law for individuals, SMEs and corporates.

On the inside she’s the go-to for explaining the magic of the commercial world.

On the outside, she’s a water baby, swimming and soaking up beach vibes, and when not with her friends, trains her gifted cat to complete jigsaw puzzles.