Corporate Advisory
Susbstantial experience and deep sector knowledge
Our corporate advisory team advise a broad range of corporate clients, banks, financial institutions, boards and individual directors on their corporate governance-related matters which affect them on an ongoing basis.

We advise on all aspects of their ongoing corporate affairs including company law, corporate governance, dispute with or between shareholders, directors’ duties and compliance.

Our corporate advisory services are also highly valued by investors in companies. Investors rely on us to advise on their interaction with portfolio companies and in ensuring that the right standards of legal and regulatory compliance are being met by those companies.

We are recommended as a Leading Firm for Corporate, and Mergers & Acquisitions by the 2017 Asia Pacific Legal 500.


Specialists

Recent Projects

  • Acting for Bendon on its merger with Naked Brand Group and listing on the NASDAQ (which is due to complete by the end of October 2017).
  • 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.
  • Advised Electric Kiwi on its establishment, licensing, and implementation of retail electricity services including all lines company contracts and terms of trade. Hayley is currently assisting them with their retail licence application in Australia; Fair Trading Act matters; corporate arrangements with their UK investors and retail hedge contracts.
  • Adviser to Stellar Projects, a multi-disciplinary project delivery consultancy, on their corporate, commercial, structuring and transactional requirements.
  • 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.
  • Advised the managers on all aspects (corporate, finance, employment and property) of their management buy-out of Auldhouse, a division of Telecom/Gen-I, by way of asset purchase.
  • Advised Hitachi Construction Machinery (Japan) on all aspects of legal compliance and operations in relation to its New Zealand business.
  • Advised a European government owned entity on its proposed purchase of certain water related assets in New Zealand by way of share sale.
  • Advised the managers on all aspects (corporate, finance, employment and property) of their management buy-out of Auldhouse, a division of Telecom/Gen-I, by way of asset purchase.
  • Acted for Sennheiser New Zealand Limited in respect of its acquisition of the business and assets of Syntec International Limited (NZ).
  • Acted for Pacific Metal Recycling Limited in its purchase of the business and assets of CMA Recycling Limited, out of administration.
  • Advised PQ Blackwell on its international joint venture with Moleskine.
  • Advised European Capital Management on its global outsourcing of certain aspects of its European funds management business.
  • Advised Sciele Pharma, Inc. on its equity investment in a publicly listed company and entry into a long-term exclusive supply agreement.
  • Advised a global fund in relation to its investment in dairy farming assets and real estate in Brazil.
  • Acted for Downer Australia and Downer New Zealand on its sale of Spiire New Zealand Limited to Brown Consulting (Aust) Pty Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of ASX listed Calibre Group Limited).
  • Acts for ANZ New Zealand National Bank Limited in relation to financing transactions and recovery matters.
  • Provides ongoing advice to Downer Australia and New Zealand in relation to its group financing arrangements, including its public debt and listed shares.
  • Acts for De Lage Landen (Rabobank's equipment financing division) in relation to New Zealand financing and enforcement matters.
  • Advised the managers on all aspects (corporate, finance, employment and property) of their management buy-out of Auldhouse, a division of Telecom/Gen-I.
  • Acted for Pacific Recycling Group in respect to its purchase of the business of CMA Recycling Limited (out of administration).
  • Acted for the purchaser of the largest sheep and beef farming operation in the Waikato Region.
  • Acted for Newmark Capital Australia in relation to the offering of its wholesale property fund to New Zealand investors.
  • Acted for the managers on all aspects of their acquisition of Big Blue Limited, New Zealand's second largest water cooler business.
  • Acted for the cornerstone investor in relation to the establishment of the Petmarket brand in New Zealand.
  • Acted for Ardmore Aviation in relation the purchase and finance of aircraft.
  • Acted for the Anglican Church of New Zealand Aotearoa in relation to its obligations under New Zealand financial services and anti-money laundering regulations.
  • Advising Flotech Holdings Limited in relation to governance and financing matters.
  • Acted for BOS International in relation to its divestment of a number of its New Zealand finance assets and also its position in relation to the Hilton Hotel in Denarau, Fiji.
  • Acted for Agria Group (China) in relation to the New Zealand financing elements of its partial takeover of listed company PGG Wrightson.
  • Advised on numerous mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures particularly in relation to the food, port, and infrastructure sectors.
  • Provided advice to listed companies and multinational companies.
  • Had extensive international and government experience, assisting businesses to set up overseas and meet the applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Providing advice to companies on governance and restructuring matters.

Articles

14/11/2015

Takeovers Code Exemption for Small Code Companies

Under the Takeovers Code (Code), a person and their associates are prohibited from becoming the holders or controllers of 20% or more of the voting rights in a company with 50 or more shareholders and 50 share parcels (Code Company), except in a manner permitted by the Code.

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12/03/2015

Trends in M&A

As the M&A landscape continues to shift towards equilibrium after the GFC, recent international trends have emerged in the New Zealand market. Specifically, the increased use of: • locked box pricing mechanisms; • warranty and indemnity insurance; and • the "fundamental warranty" exclusion for vendor warranty limitations.

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9/04/2014

Equity crowdfunding - what's it all really about?

Once again, New Zealand is leading the way in business reform. New laws allowing equity crowdfunding fundamentally change the way that private companies can raise funds, and give them a meaningful, cost effective and efficient way of doing so. The recent implementation of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2103 allows companies to raise up to $2 million from the New Zealand public in a 12 month period, in return for shares in their company, provided they do so via a licensed equity crowdfunding provider.

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3/02/2014

New Zealand: Equity crowdfunding gets green light from the minister - no individual investor caps

Equity crowdfunding gets green light from the Minister – no individual investor caps Cabinet has approved the regulations for equity crowdfunding which will come into force on 1 April. Equity crowdfunding will allow businesses to raise up to $2 million from investors, via a licensed crowdfunding platform, without the need for a formal prospectus or prescribed investment statement. Commerce Minister Craig Foss announced today that there will be no individual caps on the amount any investor may invest in a company raising funds via a licensed equity crowdfunding platform, provided however that a company will only be permitted to raise up to $2 million in any year. Wynn Williams has made a number of submissions on investor caps, as well as meeting with MBIE and Minister Foss, and has voiced strong support of no individual investor caps.

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28/05/2013

How equity crowdfunding is accelerating start-ups in New Zealand

The New Zealand government is backing innovation and we in Australia seem to be watching on as our smaller neighbour becomes more agile and starts to get noticed overseas. The recent introduction of crowdfunding is just one example of how the entrepreneurial landscape in New Zealand is changing. With platforms such as Snowball Effect signing licensing agreements with the new regulator, the Financial Markets Authority, Kiwi entrepreneurs and investors are off to a flying financial start. Lawyer Hayley Buckley of New Zealand based Wynn Williams Lawyers estimates more than $NZ7.2 million has been raised via equity crowdfunding; $NZ5.7 million of that with Snowball Effect. Six companies have received significant investments to date, including Invivo Wines raising $2 million and capping out.

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