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Clients need legal advisers with agility and expertise as they work through complex M&A deals. Our team provides the corporate advisory, finance and tax knowledge our clients need, having advised on some of the biggest M&A transactions in New Zealand and further afield, acting on takeovers (friendly and hostile), private company M&A, contested bids and tender processes, ‘distressed M&A’ and business restructuring.

Many of our lawyers are experts in particular industry sectors including financial services, telecommunications, healthcare and aged care, energy, forestry, dairy, construction, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, food and beverage, aviation, infrastructure and private equity.

Recent experience includes advising:

  • ANZ Bank New Zealand on the sale of UDC Finance to HNA Group.
  • Advent International on its $1.05 billion acquisition of Nuplex Industries by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • The shareholders on the sale of a majority stake in My Food Bag to Waterman Capital.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its acquisition of Academic Colleges Group, SCA Hygiene and Manuka Health New Zealand.
  • Fairfax on its proposed merger with NZME.
  • Dell on the New Zealand aspects of its acquisition of EMC.
  • Meridian Energy and Genesis Energy on its participation in the Mixed Ownership Programme.
  • The shareholders of Hally Labels in their divestment of the Hally Labels group to Hexagon.
  • Newmont Mining Corporation on its US$101m divestment of the Waihi Gold Mine to OceanaGold.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its $700m divestment of Griffin’s Foods to Universal Robina Corporation and Pacific Equity Partners on its sale of Tegel to Affinity Equity Partners.
  • A bidder for Vector's gas assets.
  • Fonterra on its $342m joint venture with Abbott Laboratories, to develop a hub of five large scale dairy farms in China.
  • Complectus/Perpetual Guardian on its acquisitions of New Zealand Trustee Services, Corporate Trust, Covenant Trustee Services and Documents Plus.
  • Wells Fargo on New Zealand aspects of its acquisition of GE Capital’s commercial distribution finance, accounts receivable and factoring business.
  • Telecom (now Spark) on the demerger of Telecom into two separate entities, and on Telecom and Chorus’ involvement in the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative.
  • Amphenol Corporation on its acquisition of Phitek by way of amalgamation.
  • Turners & Growers Limited on the takeover by BayWa AG.
  • ANZ Bank New Zealand on the sale of UDC Finance to HNA Group.
  • CKI on its acquisition of EnviroWaste from Ironbridge.
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