Ian Beaumont


Corporate Advisory

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Ian is a partner in the Corporate Advisory Group. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, including takeovers, equity capital markets, joint ventures and general corporate advisory.

Ian has advised clients on significant and complex transactions in New Zealand and in the United States, during his time in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Ian advised on the transactions awarded New Zealand Deal of the Year, M&A Deal of the Year, Capital Markets Deal of the Year, and Consumer, Media and Tech Deal of the Year at the 2017 New Zealand Law Awards.


Ian’s clients range across major corporates, financial institutions, investment banks and private equity. His recent experience includes advising:

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • ANZ Bank New Zealand on the sale of UDC Finance to HNA Group.
  • The founder on the sale of International Volunteer HQ to Mercury Capital.
  • Nintex on its acquisition of Promapp, a leading business process management software company.
  • The underwriter on Tourism Holdings $80 million placement and follow-on rights offer.
  • The underwriter on Synlait Milk Limited's accelerated renounceable entitlement offer (Capital Markets Deal of the Year, 2017 New Zealand Law Awards).
  • The joint lead managers on the IPO of New Zealand King Salmon Investments Limited.
  • NBCUniversal on its joint venture with MediaWorks to own and operate the new Bravo free to air television channel (Consumer, Media and Tech Deal of the Year, 2017 New Zealand Law Awards).
  • The underwriter on Steel & Tube's $80.9 million capital raising via a placement and follow on rights offer.
  • China Resources on its acquisition of minority stakes in Scales Corporation, by way of a block trade with Direct Capital, and Comvita, by way of a private placement.
  • Spark on a number of minority and control investments, including its 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.
  • Auckland Airport on its joint venture with Tainui Group Holdings to develop and operate a new 5-star hotel at Auckland Airport.
  • Serko Limited on its 2018 underwritten share placement and its 2015 private placement and follow-on share purchase plan.
  • The lead manager on Heartland Bank’s institutional placement of shares.
  • The underwriter on Eroad's institutional placement and follow on share purchase plan.
  • Michelin on its acquisition of a 25% stake in tyre wholesaler Tyreline Distributors and retailer Beaurepaires.
  • Telecom New Zealand, now Spark New Zealand, on its 2011 demerger into Telecom and Chorus, and related participation in the Government's ultra-fast broadband programme.
  • Auckland International Airport Limited on its acquisition of a minority interest in Queenstown Airport.
  • Downer EDI on the offering of NZDX listed convertible redeemable preference shares by Works Infrastructure Finance (NZ) Limited.
  • The Warehouse Group Limited on its retail bond offer.
  • Auckland International Airport Limited on its underwritten accelerated renounceable entitlement offer, the first time this structure had been used in New Zealand.
  • Westfield Group on the establishment of the Westfield Retail Trust.
  • Brookfield Infrastructure Group Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Prime Infrastructure Group.
  • Kiwi Income Property Trust on its retail offer of mandatory convertible notes.
  • Freightways on its private placement of ordinary shares.
  • Aurora Resurgence as the anchor investor in a recapitalization of General Maritime Corporation.
  • JGWPT Holdings Inc. on its initial public offering.    
  • Foamix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. on its initial public offering.
  • Macquarie Infrastructure Management (USA) Inc. on several equity capital raisings totalling over US$500 million.
  • The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. on its offering of €600 million of Euro-denominated senior notes in connection with the acquisition of eSpeed.
  • The dealer managers on an exchange offer by American Express Corporation for three tranches of senior notes, totalling US$4 billion.
  • The underwriters on two senior notes offerings by HSBC USA Inc. totalling US$3.3 billion.
  • HCP, Inc. on a number of offerings, including a US$1.126 billion stock offering, and senior notes offerings totalling US$2.4 billion.
  • XL Group plc in a US$1 billion Solvency II Directive-compliant Tier 2-own funds subordinated notes offering.



LLB (Hons First Class), BCom, University of Otago.


Ian was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 2008 and New York in 2014.

Ian is part of our Corporate Advisory team, which has been named New Zealand's top deal firm at the 2019 New Zealand Law Awards.

Ian is listed as a Leading Lawyer in Mergers and Acquisitions by Best Lawyers® 2020 New Zealand guide and in Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A and Private Equity by Asialaw Profiles 2018; and described as "outstanding - personable and knowledgeable" in the 2019 IFLR1000 client feedback.

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