Lance Jones

Special Counsel

Corporate Advisory

Profile

Lance is a special counsel with extensive corporate law experience. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements, inbound overseas investment and general corporate matters for key clients of the firm.

Lance is known for his technical skill, client-focused commercial approach, and his ability to lead large and complex matters and gain exceptional results. Having worked for seven years in London on cross-border M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions, and prior to that in Sydney, Lance also brings a valuable international perspective to his advice.

Experience

Lance's recent experience includes advising:

  • Keppel Infrastructure Trust (SGX: A7RU) on its successful competitive bid to acquire the Ixom Group (formerly Ortica Chemicals) from Blackstone Private Equity for approximately A$1.1 billion.
  • Fonterra on its new consumer and foodservice dairy product manufacturing joint venture and related distribution arrangements with the Future Group, one of India's leading retail and distribution businesses.
  • Goodman Property Trust and Singaporean wealth fund GIC on their sale to Blackstone of the VXV office precinct in the Wynyard quarter for $635 million.
  • The New Zealand Superannuation Fund on its investment in NZ Gourmet.
  • Fonterra on its strategic partnership with The a2 Milk Company and related manufacturing and supply arrangements.
  • Fonterra on its new long term supply agreement with Bellamy's.
  • Pencarrow Private Equity on its investment in Netlogix and related shareholder arrangements.
  • The shareholders of Complectus/Perpetual Guardian on its partial divestment to Direct Capital and related joint venture arrangements. 
  • Inenco Group Pty Ltd and SAECOWilson Limited on SACEOWilson's acquisition of the business and assets of HCD Flow Technology Limited.
  • The Canada Public Sector Pension Investment Board on its sale of a 50% interest in an AMP-managed $1.1 billion commercial property portfolio to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and related joint venture arrangements.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its competitive bid for, and acquisition of, Academic Colleges Group.
  • Fonterra Australia on its partial sale and joint venture of its Darnum infant formula plant and related contractual arrangements.
  • Complectus/Perpetual Guardian on its acquisitions of New Zealand Trustee Services Limited, Corporate Trust Limited, Covenant Trustee Services Limited and Documents Plus Limited and its shareholders on the 2016/2017 dual track IPO and trade sale process in relation to the Complectus group.
  • The New Zealand Superannuation Fund on its investment in Lanzatech New Zealand Limited, a pre-commercialisation stage biotechnology company.
  • Fonterra Australia on its multi-million dollar organic infant formula supply agreement with Bellamy's and canning sub-contract with Blend and Pack.
  • Spark on the sale of its international voice business to My Net Fone Limited.
  • Wells Fargo on New Zealand aspects of its acquisition of GE Capital’s commercial distribution finance, accounts receivable and factoring business.
  • Fairfax Media on its proposed merger with NZME.
  • Howard-Willis Limited on its acquisition of Fox Group Limited, owner of the DTR Finance and Appliance Shed businesses.
  • Scentre Group on its partial divestment of Westfield New Zealand to GIC and related joint venture arrangements.

Credentials

LLB (Hons), BCom, University of Canterbury

Professional

Prior to joining Russell McVeagh in 2014, Lance worked in the corporate team at Norton Rose Fullbright in London and Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney. He began his career at another leading New Zealand corporate law firm in 2003.

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