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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:

  • Fonterra on its $633 million sale of a 50% share in DFE Pharma to CVC.  
  • Trade Me on its takeover by UK private equity firm Apax Partners by way of scheme of arrangement for $2.6 billion.
  • Carlyle Group on its US$717 million acquisition of Accolade Wines.
  • Riverside on its acquisition of the Hiway Group.
  • Samling Group on the sale of Hikurangi Forest Farms, which owns 35,000 ha of forestry in Gisborne.
  • Pencarrow Private Equity on its minority investment in "The Collective" (Epicurean Dairy Holdings Limited).
  • Advent International on its $1.05 billion acquisition of Nuplex Industries by way of a scheme of arrangement (M&A Deal of the Year and New Zealand Deal of the Year, 2017 New Zealand Law Awards).
  • Nintex on its acquisition of process management software company Promapp.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its acquisition of Evolution Healthcare.
  • intelliHUB on its acquisition of the Metrix metering business from Mercury Energy (intelliHUB is a Pacific Equity Partners portfolio entity).
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its sale of Manuka Health New Zealand (and on its earlier acquisition of MHNZ).
  • The founder on the sale of International Volunteer HQ to Mercury Capital.
  • Fidelity Life, New Zealand’s largest NZ-owned life insurer, on the New Zealand Superannuation Fund's $100 million cornerstone investment.
  • Inspired Education on its acquisition of the ACG schools business from Pacific Equity Partners.
  • Spark on a number of minority and control investments, including acquisitions of NOW Consulting, Digital Island Limited and Ubiquity Software Limited; investments in Nyriad Technologies and Parkable; and divestments of Morepork and its stake in Feenix Communications.
  • CPE Capital (formerly CHAMP Private Equity) on several key acquisitions and investments.
  • PaySauce on its acquisition by Energy Mad Limited and subsequent reverse listing on the NZX.
  • Bounty Fresh on its $430 million takeover of Tegel.
  • The Riverside Company on its sale of Simcro.
  • Emergent Cold on its acquisition of Polarcold.
  • KKR on its acquisition of MYOB.
  • Keppel Infrastructure Trust on its acquisition of Ixom.
  • Inenco Group in acquiring the business and assets of HCD Flow Technology Limited.
  • Manuka Health New Zealand Limited on its acquisition of Neuseelandhaus GmbH, a German based distributor.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its acquisition of the APAC business of Horizon Global.  
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its acquisition of Academic Colleges Group.
  • Primavera Capital and Shanghai Pharma on their consortium acquisition (via a scheme of arrangement) of Vitaco Holdings.
  • CDH Fund V on its acquisition of an 80% interest in The Better Health Company (otherwise known as ‘Go Healthy’).
  • Lion on its acquisitions of Havana Coffee, Panhead and Emerson's craft breweries.  
  • Crescent Capital Partners Management and New Zealand Panels Group on the acquisition of the Bestwood and Kopine businesses from Carter Holt Harvey.
  • CITIC on its investment in LanzaTech.
  • Oaktree Capital on the restructuring of, and investment in, the Mediaworks Group.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its AU$670 million acquisition of 50% of SCA Hygiene Australasia.
  • Crescent Capital Partners Management on its sale of Simply Squeezed to Frucor.
  • Exponent Private Equity on its acquisition, through a portfolio entity, of Tui Garden Products.
  • 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.
  • 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$101 million divestment of the Waihi Gold Mine to OceanaGold.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its $700 million divestment of Griffin’s Foods to Universal Robina Corporation.
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its sale of Tegel to Affinity Equity Partners.
  • A bidder for Vector's gas assets.
  • Fonterra on its $342 million 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 the 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.
  • CKI on its acquisition of EnviroWaste from Ironbridge.
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