Ash Hill

BA, LLB (Hons), Partner

Ash is a specialist in corporate and commercial law, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investment and private capital raisings.  Ash is highly regarded for his management of complex transactions and has considerable sector specific experience in agriculture and primary industry, including apiculture, dairy, aquiculture and forestry.  
 
Ash also regularly provides boards, senior management and shareholders with strategic advice on projects, transactions, governance matters and disputes.

Ash is a member of the Firm’s board and executive management team.
 
Previously listed in the NZ Lawyer Hot List, Ash is consistently recognised in global legal directories - most recently in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022 and Chambers Global 2022.  He has been described by clients as "commercial in his approach, efficient and technically sound" as well as having an “adaptable personal style, which engenders success in both negotiation and deal-making contexts."

  The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms
"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 Milford Private Equity on its cornerstone investment in the Real NZ Group, an iconic New Zealand tourism business.

  • Advising the shareholders of the Recreational Services Limited (RSL) on the sale of shares in RSL to a private equity sponsored Australasian business and the rollover of sale proceeds into that business.

  • Advising the shareholders of Thornhill Horticultural Contracting Limited (THC) in the sale of a majority stake in THC to Indevin Group and the ongoing shareholder arrangements.

  • 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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