Mergers & Acquisitions
Deal makers
We advise on all aspects of public and private acquisitions and divestments and reguarly provide advice on cross-border transactions.

Our substantial experience involves advising on deal structuring and strategies and the implementation of takeovers and other complex transactions. We have particular expertise in start-up, venture capital and private equity capital raisings and investments.

Our clients also benefit from deep sector knowledge in industries such as financial services, technology, agriculture and FMCG.


Recent Projects

  • Advising the major shareholders in Auckland-based Agility CIS Limited on their share sale to London-based private equity firm SilverTree Equity and Auckland-based Pioneer Capital.
  • Advising certain directors and employees in NZX listed Serko on their secondary offering.
  • Advising the purchaser on the management buyout of Ogilvy New Zealand from WPP.
  • Advising interests associated with Chris Heaslip, the founder of NZX and ASX listed Pushpay, on the sell down of Pushpay shares, which was underwritten by DeutcheCraigs.
  • Advising Euronext listed EssilorLuxottica on its acquisition of Optimed NZ.
  • Advising the Reddy Group on the merger of its Fiji based Clyde equipment hire business with the Acrow Group, New Zealand’s largest scaffolding, formwork, falsework and event infrastructure business.
  • Advising a significant New Zealand based private equity fund on a bid for a $25m waste management business.
  • Advising the sellers on the sale of I Love Limited to Rank Group Limited.
  • Advising the sellers on the sale of Trak Group Limited to MSS Solutions Limited (Australia).
  • Advising an Australian private equity fund on its bid for OfficeMax.
  • Advising a significant New Zealand based private equity fund on a bid for a $25m waste management business.
  • Acting on the acquisition of a number of dairy farms and orchards for an overseas investment fund.
  • Advising Heilongjiang Binxi Cattle Industry Co Limited on a takeover bid for Blue Sky Meats Limited in compliance with the New Zealand Takeovers Code, valued at approximately $25 million.
  • Acting on the acquisition of a chain of UK care homes, which included cross-jurisdictional elements, with a value of approximately $300 million.
  • Acting for the New Zealand Warriors on the sale of the club to an investment consortium made up of the Carlaw Heritage Trust and Autex Industries as part of a competitive bid process.
  • Acting for Pioneer Capital and associated private equity vendors on the sale of Konnect Net to Clanwilliam Group.
  • Advising the Ball & Doggett Group on its acquisition of Aarque Group Limited, New Zealand's leading provider of wide format digital print solutions. The transaction represents a major expansion by Ball & Doggett into the New Zealand market.
  • Advising Nederlandse Tapijten Holding B.V., an entity associated with the Belgotex global flooring business, on its acquisition of Irvine International Floors.
  • Acting for Bendon on its merger with Naked Brand Group and listing on the NASDAQ.
  • Advising a consortium of private equity investors led by Heartland Investments on the sale of a majority shareholding in Icepak New Zealand to Hall's Group.
  • Advising Cedenco on its acquisition of aquaculture and mussel farming assets from Sealord, including a 50% stake in North Island Mussels Limited.
  • 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).
  • Acted for Sennheiser New Zealand Limited in respect of its acquisition of the business and assets of Syntec International Limited (NZ).
  • 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 Pacific Metal Recycling Limited in its purchase of the business and assets of CMA Recycling Limited, out of administration.
  • Advising Xerox on the sale of its finance leasing business by means of a multi-jurisdictional asset sale.
  • Advising a consortium of investors on the private sale of six operating companies across Europe to Telekom Austria AG.
  • Advising a property fund on the corporate sale of a hotel in Europe by means of a competitive auction process.
  • Advising Bayer plc on its acquisition of the over-the-counter pharmaceutical business from Roche plc by way of an asset sale in 18 jurisdictions.
  • Advising KKR's European fund on multiple acquisitions in London and Germany.
  • Advising the managers of Flo-tech Holdings Limited in relation to its PE funded management buy-out.
  • Advising ANZ Bank in relation to the restructure, receivership and sale of a large New Zealand transport business.
  • Advised a global fund in relation to its investment in dairy farming assets and real estate in Brazil.
  • Advised Sciele Pharma, Inc. on its equity investment in a publicly listed company and entry into a long-term exclusive supply agreement.



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PO Box 4341, DX WX11179, Christchurch 8140.
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