Gareth Worthington

Special Counsel

Corporate Advisory

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As a skilled and experienced special counsel in the Corporate Advisory team, Gareth focuses on securities law, mergers and acquisitions, funds management, private equity and other corporate transactions. He regularly advises on a range of capital raisings, local and cross-border acquisitions, takeovers, funds management matters and joint ventures, as well as providing general corporate and securities law advice.

Gareth is seen by his clients as a close and trusted adviser, with a keen eye for detail and a focus on achieving outstanding results.

Experience

His experience includes advising:

  • A major Australian private equity fund on the acquisition of a New Zealand pharmaceuticals business.
  • A large commercial contracting business on the structure for its continued growth and the subsequent acquisitions by that business.
  • A bidder in a competitive bid process for the proposed acquisition of a major player in the waste management industry.
  • Shareholders on the proposed sale of all of their company’s shares, including restructuring and resolving shareholder issues to enable the sale to proceed.
  • An NZX-listed entity on its merger with/acquisition of an Australian company, including in relation to the related Takeovers Code issues.
  • A New Zealand manufacturing company on its IPO and listing on the NZX.
  • Several New Zealand companies on the New Zealand aspects of listing on the ASX.
  • On dividend reinvestment plans and employee share option plans.
  • On early stage capital raisings, including the issue of convertible notes, preference shares, options and warrants.
  • On more mature capital raisings, including rights issues, private/institutional placements and other offers in reliance on various exclusions in the FMCA.
  • Various Australian clients on the offer of securities into New Zealand in reliance on various exclusions in the FMCA and the mutual recognition regime.
  • A major Australian funds manager on the offer documents for its New Zealand funds.
  • The manager of a major New Zealand fund on the sale of its portfolio of assets.
  • Various fund managers and trustees in relation to management and trustee arrangements, as well as compliance with trust deeds and relevant legislation.
  • On Financial Markets Authority and NZX Market Disciplinary Tribunal investigations.
  • On joint venture arrangements.

Credentials

LLB, BCom (Acct), University of Otago
Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand (MInstD)

Professional

Gareth is admitted to practise in New Zealand and in England and Wales.

An experienced corporate lawyer, Gareth has worked at a number of leading New Zealand and international law firms. In addition to his time spent practising in New Zealand, Gareth spent four years in Dubai at two top tier English law firms working on a number of significant cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as being a key member of the top ranked funds team in the Middle East.

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