Mike Whale, Consultant, Lowndes, Lowndes Law Firm, Auckland




Mike Whale practices across corporate, commercial and insolvency law. He joined Lowndes from a major Australasian law firm, also bringing expertise in banking and securities law. A qualified accountant, Mike was co–convenor of the New Zealand Law Society and Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Joint Insolvency Law Reform Committee from its inception in 1993 until September 2001. He currently chairs the NZ Institute of Chartered Accounts Disciplinary Tribunal.

Mike is a past Chairman of the Auckland branch of INSOL New Zealand (an association comprising insolvency practitioners and insolvency lawyers) and has served on the board of INSOL International, an association of national organisations with members involved in insolvency and corporate recovery.

With Paul Heath QC (a former Judge of the High Court of New Zealand, Mike is co-consulting editor of Heath and Whale on Insolvency, published by Lexis Nexis. He is also the Honorary Consul-General for the Kingdom of Thailand in Auckland.

Mike has been recognised by Legal 500, IFLR1000, Chambers Asia Pacific and AsiaLaw Profiles as a leading lawyer in Restructuring and Insolvency. He is also recognised in AsiaLaw Profiles as a leading lawyer in Corporate and Commercial & M&A.


Main Phone: +64 9 373 3331

Direct Phone: +64 9 373 7287

Mobile: +64 27 492 1323


  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (FCA)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (FCIS)
  • Fellow of Financial Service Institute of Australasia (F Fin)
  • Member Institute of Directors in New Zealand


‘Mike Whale is considered a “doyen of the insolvency market” and recognised for his wealth of experience in this arena. Sources report: “He would be well regarded as a real intellectual in this space. You go to him for extremely complicated legal questions and thought leadership”.’

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016

Mike Whale is among the market’s most experienced lawyers

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016

Highly experienced consultant Mike Whale has more than 35 years of experience in the restructuring and insolvency field. A lawyer, accountant and company director, he is viewed by his peers as “the stand out restructuring and insolvency practitioner in New Zealand”.

Asialaw Profiles