Aon announces NZ M&A and transaction solutions leader

Aon has appointed Jonty Vavasour as executive director, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and transaction solutions in New Zealand.

Vavasour would be responsible for building Aon’s M&A and transaction liability offering in New Zealand, which provided support across a range of risk and people issues, from transaction risks to due diligence and post-merger integration.

Aon’s and Mergermarket’s recent Asia-Pacific M&A and Transaction Solutions Risk in Review 2019 report found the M&A market in Australia and New Zealand had undergone rapid change.

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Geoff Blampied, chief executive officer (CEO) of Aon New Zealand, said Vavasour was a seasoned M&A practitioner and leader.

“Aon’s APAC Risk in Review report revealed a growing number of deals utilising Warranty & Indemnity insurance,” Blampied said.

“The value of advice from trusted experts to help manage the evolving M&A risk landscape is rising. Jonty’s appointment is proof of our commitment to providing our clients with the very best advisers in the market.”

Vavasour had joined from Bupa where he led the legal team across Asia, responsible for insurance and health care business across multiple regions.

In Bupa in London, he was head of legal M&A and led various cross border M&A transactions, and before that was a M&A lawyer at White & Case in London, Minter Ellison in Melbourne, and Simpson Grierson in Wellington, New Zealand.

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