BA, LLB (Hons), Partner
Ash Hill
Ash is a partner in our national Corporate & Commercial Team and is a member of the Firm's board.  He specialises in domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, equity capital markets, private securities offerings and complex joint venture arrangements.  Ash also has considerable sector specific experience in agriculture and primary industry, including dairy, aquiculture and forestry transactions.   
 
Ash has particular expertise assisting founders, growth companies and investors in the start-up and venture capital investment space, having recently advised Sky TV on its Series A investment in 90 Seconds (a capital raising led by Sequoia Capital).  He also advises clients on a range of corporate governance issues, including shareholding arrangements and board matters.

In addition to his legal experience, Ash has considerable commercial experience having worked for a small venture capital fund and in his role as a director of a significant private investment entity.  Ash was recognised in the NZ Lawyer Hot List in 2016 and is recommended and recognised by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017.





"I am focused on achieving the outcomes that align with our client's commercial objectives and doing that in a pragmatic way."
Contact
Wynn Williams (Auckland)
Level 11, AIG Building,
41 Shortland Street,
Auckland 1010,
New Zealand.

Specialities

Recent Projects

  • The following are examples of Ash's recent work at Wynn Williams and while working at other New Zealand law firms:
  • Advised the owners and managers on the sale of their interests in Smart Environmental Limited to Maui Capital and on the post completion shareholding arrangements.
  • Advising HW Richardson on its acquisition of a 50% stake in Dynes Transport and the sale of its Southern Logging and Farmers Transport businesses into the merged group.
  • Advising Buy Right Cars Group, a major motor vehicle importer and dealer network, on its sale to NZX listed Turners.
  • Advising Cedenco on its sale of mussel farming waterspace in the Firth of Thames to Tikapa Moana Enterprises and on its subsequent licence-back arrangements in respect of that waterspace.
  • Advising the shareholders of Business World Travel on their share sale to ATPI, a global travel management company.
  • Advising SKY TV on its Series A investment in 90 Seconds, a capital raising led by Sequoia Capital. The transaction also included a separate pre-Series A funding by SKY TV via convertible notes.
  • Advising the owner managers of Retail Dimension, a market leading retail design company, on the sale of a majority shareholding to a private equity consortium and its post-sale joint venture arrangements. He also acted on Retail Dimension's subsequent acquisition of Page + Co, an Australasian commercial interiors and fit-out business.
  • Advising Cedenco on its acquisition of aquaculture and mussel farming assets from Sealord, including a 50% stake in North Island Mussels Limited.
  • Advising a US based private investment company on the restructure of media assets in New Zealand and its acquisition of a significant minority stake in the restructured group.
  • Advising a property holding company on its joint venture arrangements in respect of a significant residential property development.
  • Advising ANZ Bank in relation to the restructure, receivership and sale of a large New Zealand transport business.
  • Advising on the sale of significant South Island dairy farming assets to an overseas investment fund.
  • Advising Fishpond Limited on a range of commercial and corporate matters.
  • Advising a New Zealand based private equity fund in bid for a minority stake in a SAS business.
  • Advising Nestle on the New Zealand aspects of its US$11b acquisition of Pfizer's global infant nutrition business.
  • Advising the joint lead managers of the proposed partial IPO of Meridian Energy Limited.
  • Advising Craigs Investment Partners as a market maker on the Fonterra Shareholders' Market.
  • Advising The Coffee Guy Group on the sale of its mobile and convenience business and franchise system to ASX listed Retail Food Group.
  • Advising online and print media business on a multi-tranche private capital rising and on the associated negotiation of shareholder and subscription arrangements.
  • Advising Bank of New Zealand in relation to its leveraged finance lending into a range of acquisition vehicles, including private equity funds, management consortia and agribusiness ventures.
  • Advising the purchaser in the receivership sale of Yarrows (The Bakers).
  • Advising UBS as lead manager for the private placement of shares in A2 Corporation and Helleby Holdings.
  • Advising Gate Gourmet Group on its acquisition of Pacific Flight Catering.
  • Advising UBS as lead manager of the Wynyard Group IPO and Trade Me IPO.
  • Advising European private equity fund on multiple bids for significant New Zealand agribusiness assets.
  • Advising Sky TV in relation to the acquisition of Prime TV's on-site broadcasting business and the associated broadcasting arrangements for RWC 2011.
  • Advising a consortium of private investors acquiring a majority stake in the Samoa Water Company.
  • Advising GE Energy on the acquisition of Commtest Instruments.
  • Advising consortium of Infratil and Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation on the acquisition of Shell New Zealand’s downstream assets, and contributed to the negotiation of transaction documentation.



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Wynn Williams Christchurch
Level 5, Wynn Williams House, 47 Hereford Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand.
PO Box 4341, DX WX11179, Christchurch 8140.
+64 3 379 7622
+64 3 379 2467
Wynn Williams Auckland
Level 11, AIG Building, 41 Shortland Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
PO Box 2401, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140.
+64 9 300 2600
+64 9 300 2609
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