- LLB, Canterbury University 1988
- BCom, Canterbury University 1987
- Admitted to the Bar in New Zealand 1988
Mark Tingey has been a partner of Holland Beckett for 20 years primarily specialising in company structuring, M&A transactions, banking and finance, construction contracts and a broad range of commercial and other business transactions including licensing and franchising contracts.
After completing his double degree at Canterbury University, Mark commenced practice at Russell McVeagh in Auckland specialising in banking and finance law. He then worked for Norton Rose both in London and Hong Kong. With Norton Rose, Mark acted for some of the region's largest banks and financial institutions, advising on syndicated loan transactions for a number of infrastructural projects in the UK (including port and property development) and in Hong Kong (including airport and roading development), plus other management buyouts and commercial paper issues.
After six years abroad, Mark returned to Auckland and practiced in the commercial department at Simpson Grierson, before eventually moving to Tauranga for family and lifestyle reasons. His work experience in Tauranga with Holland Beckett has included the following:
- Commercial legal advisor to the Port of Tauranga. In recent years, Mark has advised the Port on the original joint venture agreement between Port of Tauranga Ltd and Toll Group to establish Toll Owens Ltd (now C3 Limited); the acquisitions of Tapper Transport Limited, Priority Logistics Limited and Quality Marshalling Limited; the divestment of C3 Limited to Asciano Group; the recently let construction contract for the Northern Wharf Extension for the Tauranga Container Terminal and on the joint venture acquisition of PrimePort Timaru with the Timaru District Council;
- Acting in other significant M&A transactions in relation to: the share sale of a local private retirement village ($42m); acquisition by amalgamation of the Huka Pak kiwifruit post harvest facility by Seeka Kiwifruit ($25m); acquisition by amalgamation of the listed Vietnamese gold mining company Zedex Olympus Minerals, a public company listed in both Canada and Australia ($45m); and the takeover by Wakefield Health of a local private hospital ($22m);
- Panel solicitor to the Bank of New Zealand. Mark advised the Bank on the recently let construction contract between MFAT and PowerSmart Limited in relation to the procurement and construction of hybrid solar panel power networks in the Cook and Tuvalu Islands;
- Commercial panel solicitor to the Tauranga City Council;
- Advising on other NZS:3910 and 3915 construction contracts in relation to subdivision civil works ($10m), construction of a local private hospital ($20m), a commercial / office development ($10m). Mark is currently advising Eastland Generation on various contractual issues relating to the development of a geothermal power station in Kawerau;
- Principal responsibility within Zespri Group Limited for the original development of the contractual licensing structure and documentation for Zespri Gold Kiwifruit, both in New Zealand and internationally;
- The structuring of national and international licensing / distribution / franchise agreements for local exporters including Loadrite, Celcrete and Pinto. Mark acted in the capital and contractual restructuring of the Hunting & Fishing NZ Group which had 33 licencees nationwide and now acts for Huntfishco New Zealand Co-operative Limited;
- Acting for the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust, a significant local charitable organisation which owns 33% of the issued share capital of TrustPower Limited and with capital invested of over $700m;
- Acting for First Mortgage Trust with over $220m of funds invested. Mark reviewed the Trust's loan and security documentation, particularly for compliance with the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act;
- Acting for Frasers Papamoa Limited, the developer of a 741 dwelling $300 million residential community on the prime Western Bay coastal strip of Papamoa. Frasers Papamoa is a subsidiary of the Frasers Greencliffe consortium based in Sydney and Singapore.
Mark continues to have a significant involvement in the local community as well, supporting charitable and other worthy local causes. Mark is currently Chairman of the Waipuna Hospice and is a past President of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce.
- Waipuna Hospice - Board Member
- Tourism Bay of Plenty (honorary solicitor)
- The Bay Health Foundation ("Project Hope" - to develop a new cancer centre for the Western Bay of Plenty)
- Mount Maunganui Artificial Surf Reef project
- Tauranga Hockey Association
- Tauranga Chamber of Commerce (past president)