David Hoare

Partner

Corporate Advisory

Profile

David has extensive experience leading clients through all aspects of complex corporate and commercial transactions. David is the firm's National Practice Group Chair for Corporate Advisory. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial contracts.

David has developed a confident, common sense approach to mergers and acquisitions in his 20-year career in corporate law. He draws on his domestic and international experience advising high profile clients on their most important transactions.

Experience

David’s reputation as a highly capable and focused merger and acquisition expert is evident in the significant matters he has advised on to date, including:

  • Pacific Equity Partners/intelliHUB on its acquisition of Metrix from Mercury Energy.
  • KKR on its acquisition of MYOB
  • Keppel Infrastructure Trust on its acquisition of Ixom
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its sale of Manuka Health New Zealand.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its acquisition of Evolution Healthcare.
  • Bounty Fresh on its takeover of Tegel.
  • Emergent Cold on its acquisition of Polarcold.
  • A bidder for Stevenson Group's quarrying and concrete business.
  • Inenco Group on its acquisition of HCD Flow Technology.
  • The Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation on its investment in NZ Gourmet.
  • Pencarrow Private Equity on its investment in The Collective.
  • Pencarrow Private Equity on its investment in Netlogix.
  • The Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation on its investment in Direct Capital Fund 5.
  • Riverside on its sale of Simcro to Datamars.
  • Woolworths on the sale of EziBuy to Alceon.
  • Daiken on its acquisition of Dongwha's MDF plant.
  • Lion on its acquisition of Panhead.
  • Jacob Douwe Egberts with its acquisition of Brewgroup.
  • Dell on the New Zealand aspects of its acquisition of EMC.
  • A bidder for Vector's gas assets.
  • The shareholders of Hally Labels on its sale to Hexagon/Mercury Capital.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its acquisition of Academic Colleges Group.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its acquisition of Manuka Health New Zealand.
  • Healthscope on its integrated laboratory services arrangements with the Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Boards, and the acquisition of the incumbent provider's business from Abano/Sonic Healthcare.
  • The Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation on its investment in Lanza Tech.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on the sale of Griffin's Foods to URC.
  • Lion on its acquisition of Morton Estate.
  • Clear Channel on the sale of its 50% interest in The Radio Network to APN.
  • Woolworths on its acquisition of EziBuy.
  • The shareholders of Torpedo7 on its partial sale to The Warehouse.
  • Lion on its acquisition of Emerson's Brewery.
  • A bidder for Orica's chemicals business.
  • CKI on its acquisition of Envirowaste from Ironbridge.
  • Avis on its acquisition of Apex Car Rentals.
  • The shareholders of Kapiti Coast Airport on its sale to Todd Property Group.
  • A bidder for the Pike River coal mine.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its acquisition of 50% of SCA.
  • A bidder for MYOB.
  • The administrators of RedGroup on the sale of Whitcoulls and Bennetts.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on the sale of Tegel Foods Limited to Affinity Equity Partners.
  • Lion on its acquisition of Lindauer from Pernod Ricard.
  • Lion on the buyback of its Newmarket brewery site.
  • Merlin Entertainments Group on its acquisition of Kelly Tarltons.
  • Lion on the New Zealand aspects of its purchase by Kirin.
  • Fresh Start Bakeries on the acquisition of the New Zealand manufacturer of McDonalds hamburger buns.
  • Lion on its acquisition of Le Brun.
  • Nikko Principal Investments Australia on its acquisition of Esanda FleetPartners from ANZ.


David also has broader commercial experience, including advising:

  • Genesis Energy on its arrangements with Vector and NGC Metering to provide advanced meters to Genesis Energy's customers.
  • Fonterra on the establishment of global DairyTrade, Fonterra's online trading platform.
  • Fonterra in relation to the outsourcing of its ADM function to HCL Technologies.
  • Genesis Energy on the formation of its LNG regasification joint venture with Contact Energy.

Credentials

LLB, BA, University of Auckland.

He is a three-time winner of New Zealand Corporate Lawyer of the Year title at the ILO Client Choice Awards (winning in 2019, 2017 and 2015), and was named in Australasian Lawyer magazine’s 2016 Hot List, as one of the top private practice lawyers in Australasia.

He is listed as a leading lawyer by Asialaw Profiles 2018, and was listed as a leading lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2019, and IFLR 1000 2018. David is listed in Best Lawyers® 2020 as a leading lawyer in Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions in New Zealand.

Professional

David joined Russell McVeagh as a solicitor in 1999. He was admitted to practise in England and Wales in 2003 and spent the next four years polishing his international commercial law practice at Herbert Smith Freehills in London. David returned to New Zealand and Russell McVeagh in 2006 and became a partner in 2007 and has previously acted as Chair of Russell McVeagh's board.

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