Ash Hill

BA, LLB (Hons), Partner

Ash is head 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 2020 and Chambers Global 2020.  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 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 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 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 the owner-managers of a honey manufacturing business in relation to the divestment of a majority stake to an overseas private equity fund.

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

  • Advising a significant New Zealand based private equity fund on a bid for a $200m healthcare asset portfolio.

  • Advising a significant New Zealand based private equity fund on a bid for a $25m waste management business.

  • Advising Hotline LP, a private equity and venture capital fund affiliated with Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors on its Series A investment in Virsae Group Limited.

  • 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 the management shareholders on the sale of Smart Environmental to Maui Capital.

  • 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.

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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