Ash Hill

BA, LLB (Hons), Partner

Ash is part of our national Corporate & Commercial Team and is a member of the firm's board of management.  He specialises in domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, private securities offerings and complex joint venture arrangements.  He also advises clients on a range of corporate governance issues, including shareholding arrangements and board matters. 

Ash is experienced in all areas of insolvency and assists clients, lenders and other capital providers with insolvency processes, restructuring, accessing Government relief packages, equity capital raising, dispute management and refinancing / establishing debt facilities.
 
Ash has considerable sector specific experience in agriculture and primary industry, including apiculture, dairy, aquiculture and forestry transactions.   

Ash was recognised in the NZ Lawyer Hot List in 2016 and is also recognised by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 and Chambers Global 2021.  One client describes Ash as "a standout partner with whom we have developed deep trust and commitment. The value he adds is not only legal, but he is also able to understand the commercial rationale and cut to the issue quickly, solving it with pragmatism.”
 
"I am focused on achieving the outcomes that align with our client's commercial objectives and doing that in a pragmatic way."

Recent Projects

  • Advising management on their MBO of Moa Brewing Limited from NZX listed Savor Group.

  • Advising global broadcasting and production business NEP Group on its acquisition of Sky Network Television’s outside broadcasting assets.

  • Advising Milford Private Equity on its Series B investment in Cluey Learning, an Australian based online tutoring platform for school students.

  • Advising Southern Cross Horticulture on the establishment of and fundraising for its kiwifruit businesses and investment fund structure.

  • Advising Milford Private Equity on its investment into the 45 South Group, one of New Zealand’s largest vertically integrated cherry businesses.

  • 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 Castlerock Partners on its investment in a joint venture acquiring the assets of Vivo Hair Salons.

  • Advising certain directors and employees in NZX listed Serko on their secondary offering.

  • 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 Castlerock Partners on its investment in a joint venture acquiring the assets of the Hell Pizza business.

  • 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.

Recent Articles

3/04/2020

COVID-19: Urgent measures taken to avoid or delay insolvencies - Important changes to the Companies Act 1993

At a press conference today given by Finance Minister Grant Robertson (Minister) it was announced that the government will be introducing legislation to amend the Companies Act 1993 (Act) to help companies that are faced with insolvency due to COVID-19.

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