Toby Norgate, Director

Toby is a Director at Norgate McLean Dolphin with over 17 years legal experience. Prior to joining Norgate McLean Dolphin Toby worked for five years in the Corporate Advisory Team at Mills Oakley where he was involved in a wide range of M&A and capital raising transactions as well as general commercial arrangements in diverse industries.

Toby’s experience also includes four years co-managing the legal and market supervision teams at the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX). This role gave him close involvement and insight into many of New Zealand’s biggest corporate transactions.

Toby’s fields of expertise include: Corporate Advisory, Capital Raising and Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Financial Services, Technology Companies, Resources and Energy, Franchising and Distribution, Commercial Agreements and Cross Border Transactions.

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Toby has extensive experience in advising on mergers and acquisitions including acting for:

  • The managing director and founder shareholders in the sale of a company owning and operating bulk liquid storage terminals throughout Australia and New Zealand to a large Oslo listed multinational shipping company.
  • The owners of a well respected business analytics and big data company in the sale to a big four accounting firm.
  • The managing shareholders of a media, digital and advertising company specializing in creation of branded television commercials in the sale of the business to a large Australian listed company.
  • A Swiss multi-national conveyer belt manufacturer in the acquisition of its Australian distributor.
  • The Australia head office of a large French multi-national car and vehicle rental company in numerous purchases of its franchisee businesses.
  • A New Zealand listed operator of well known campervan brands in the acquisition of an Australian campervan business.
  • The managing shareholder in the sale of part of a large ticket consolidator creating a substantial travel group.
  • A US Pharmaceutical and medical research company on its scrip for scrip acquisition of an Australian medical research company doing work in the ‘super-bug’ field.


We see the lifecycle of a company as a journey rather than a series of isolated transactions. Our team has the expertise needed to work with you along the way.

Toby has extensive experience in advising on capital raising and finance including acting for:

  • A company in the advertising and telecommunications space with various capital raise rounds.
  • A micro donations company in its second round capital raise.
  • A large aged care provider in its private placement to a company owned by funds managed by AMP Capital Investors.
  • Numerous ASX listed companies in their capital raisings involving various rights issues, convertible notes, share options, private placements, debt instruments, employee share schemes and share purchase plans.
  • A New Zealand clean-tech company in its trans-Tasman IPO (being the first trans-Tasman IPO of equity under the mutual recognition of securities regime).
  • Stock broking firms on their underwriting of various capital raising transactions.
  • The New Zealand Stock Exchange in the course of admitting numerous IPOs and listings of equity and debt.
  • A fund management company in the establishment, structuring and listing of various index funds.


We see the lifecycle of a company as a journey rather than a series of isolated transactions. Our team has the expertise needed to work with you along the way.

Toby has also been involved with numerous general commercial agreements including:

  • International trade and shipping contracts for a major Japanese conglomerate.
  • Manufacturing agreement for a top 5 largest private Australian company.
  • Acting for Australia’s largest listed telecommunications company negotiating with one of Australia’s two largest supermarket retailers on providing pre-paid mobile phone top-ups to customers.
  • Advice on Personal Property Securities Act 2009 and Competition and Consumer Act 2010 issues to various clients.
  • Establishing franchise arrangements.
  • Numerous Distribution agreements.
  • Preparation of various terms and conditions.


The world might change but commerce is still about relationships. We balance those relationships while protecting your interests – so you get the deal done.