Phoebe Davies

LLB (Hons), BSc (Hons), Partner

Phoebe is a partner in the Corporate & Commercial Team. She has worked for international firms in London and Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and is qualified to practice law in multiple jurisdictions, including England & Wales.
 
Phoebe advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial law, including overseas investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring, shareholders’ agreements, corporate governance, and commercial contracts. She acts for commercial and institutional clients across a broad range of industry sectors, with specialist knowledge in the agribusiness, consumer finance and retirement village sectors in domestic and international markets.
"I combine my technical expertise with a pragmatic commercial approach to help clients achieve their objectives – be they start-ups or multi-billion dollar companies. I understand the pressures clients can face, how to try to resolve matters and provide options, rather than presenting obstacles."

Recent Projects

  • The following are examples of Phoebe's legal work whilst at Wynn Williams and other firms:

  • Acted on the sale of a group of companies in the care sector for the value of $8 million.

  • Working with UK based Avery Healthcare, an aged care provider to increase their care home and retirement village portfolio through acquisitions as well as providing commercial advice on their day to day operations.

  • Advising a NZX listed client to ensure their consumer contracts comply with the CCCFA.

  • Assisting on the expansion of Caretech’s portfolio for aged care and fostering services.

  • Working on a number of overseas investment office applications for the acquisition of sensitive land for kiwifruit orchards, apple orchards and dairy farms, along with exemption applications and variations to existing consents.

  • 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.

Recent Articles

13/10/2021

Important changes to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003

As we near the end of 2021, a number of long anticipated amendments to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 are coming into force.  The purpose of these amendments is to raise the standard of lenders and to better protect consumers from harmful lending practices. Here we summarise the five key changes.

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3/08/2021

Top tips for preparing your retirement village or care business for sale

The opportunity to sell your business can arise at any time. This article broadly sets out the steps that we think should be front of mind for all business owners.

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4/06/2021

Change is coming to New Zealand’s overseas investment regime

The Government has enacted long anticipated amendments to the Overseas Investment Act 2005 (Act) which regulates overseas investment in New Zealand. Some of the changes take effect as early as 5 July 2021, with the emergency call-in notification regime coming to an end even sooner.

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7/04/2021

Purchase price allocation: another thing for buyers and sellers to negotiate and agree on from 1 July 2021

If you are looking to buy a business or sell your business in 2021, you will need to be familiar with the new purchase price allocation rules. To date, there has been no requirement for buyers and sellers to agree on an allocated purchase price between assets when buying/selling a business but A recent proposal from IRD will see agreement on purchase price allocation between buyers and sellers become a requirement as of 1 July 2021.

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15/05/2020

COVID-19: OIO to screen all overseas investments

The Government has announced that it will amend the Overseas Investment Act in mid-June. From then, the proposal is that all foreign investment that results in a more than 25% ownership interest, an increase in existing interests to, or greater than, 50%, 75%, 100%, or effectively a change of control in the underlying business, must be notified.

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16/12/2019

Tighter regulations to be introduced for vouchers and gift cards

Shortly prior to Dick Smith Electronics’ sudden closure back in 2016, the Government established a working group to look at reforming insolvency law and ways to bolster the rights of creditors in the event of liquidations. On 4 November 2019, the Government published the findings of the working group which it intends to include in a future insolvency law reform bill.

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25/10/2019

Moving with the times

It always seems to be a rough road for the agri-sector. Recent years have seen it faced with drought, low milk prices and a change in government which has had severe knock on implications not only for overseas investors, but also for famers themselves. The banks are tightening their LVR requirements and some are looking to divest of certain agri-sectors all together.

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Memberships

  • Committee member of the British New Zealand Business Association (BNZBA)

  • Branch committee member of the NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM)

  • Institute of Directors
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