BA, LLB (Hons), Senior Associate
Nick Kovacevich
Nick is part of our national Corporate & Commercial Team working alongside Ash Hill and Hayley Buckley.  He specialises in the following:
  • Public and private mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and international).
  • Private equity and venture capital investment.
  • Startups and growth stage businesses.
  • Joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and constitutions.
  • Capital raisings via the issue of equity and/or debt.
  • Commercial contracts.
  • Franchising.
  • Corporate governance and restructurings.
  • Stock exchange listings and compliance.
  • Partnership and limited partnership arrangements.
  • General corporate and commercial law advisory, and in particular in relation to company, contractual and takeover matters.
He has previously worked at a number of leading law firms in London, and prior to that at another leading New Zealand law firm.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) from the University of Auckland, where he was a Senior Prize Winner in Law.

Nick has been recommended and recognised as a 'next generation lawyer' in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017.

"Assisting clients to meet their business objectives through robust, practical and tailored legal advice."
Wynn Williams (Auckland)
Level 11, AIG Building,
41 Shortland Street,
Auckland 1010,
New Zealand.

Recent Projects

  • The following are examples of Nick's domestic and international legal work whilst at Wynn Williams and other firms:
  • Acting for the management shareholders on the sale of Smart Environmental to Maui Capital.
  • Acting for Maui Capital on acquisitions and exits, along with joint ventures for portfolio companies.
  • Acting for Bendon on its merger with Naked Brand Group and listing on the NASDAQ (which is due to complete by the end of October 2017).
  • Acting for Unfiltered on its seed capital raising round, which was led by a number of high profile investors including Rob Fyfe, Diane Foreman, Sara Tetro, Sir Eion Edgar, Adrian Burr, Kevin Roberts and Tim Norton.
  • Advising Hotline LP, a private equity and venture capital fund affiliated with Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors (a leading US investment firm), on its Series A investment in Virsae Group.
  • 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 Punakaiki Fund on its fully regulated public share offering.
  • Advising Midwich Group PLC, an AIM listed global IT and AV products distributor, on its acquisition of Wired.
  • Acting for Vivint, a global smart home technology company, on the sale of its New Zealand business to a subsidiary of NYSE listed Tyco.
  • Advising Buy Right Cars Group, a major motor vehicle importer and dealer network, on its sale to NZX listed Turners.
  • Acting for Unfiltered, New Zealand's premier business education platform, on its management shareholder arrangements and commercial contracts.
  • 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 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 Hitachi Machinery on its legal compliance and business operations in New Zealand.
  • 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 Nestlé on the New Zealand aspects of its US$11 billion acquisition of Pfizer's global infant nutrition business.
  • Advising EnviroWaste on its NZ$501 million sale to HKSE listed Cheung Kong Infrastructure.
  • Advising Cedenco on its acquisition of aquaculture and mussel farming assets from Sealord, including a 50% stake in North Island Mussels Limited (a joint venture with Sanford).
  • Advising Chargifi on a number of equity capital raising rounds, including an investment by Intel Capital and Techstars (the world's number one start-up accelerator). Nick also advised on Chargifi's international licensing and commercial contract arrangements.
  • Advising The Coffee Guy Group on the sale of its master franchise system to ASX listed Retail Food Group.
  • Advising a leading European private equity firm on its bid for a major dairy business.
  • Advising McDonald's in relation to a number of asset acquisitions from franchisees.
  • Advising a private equity investor in the aviation sector on the LBO of a UK airport.
  • Advising a major internet entrepreneur on an investment in, and the IPO of, a telecommunications company.
  • Advising a consortium of private equity investors on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Samoa Water Company.
  • Advising a New Zealand based energy company on its joint venture with a UK asset management firm and also international licensing and commercial contract arrangements.
  • Advising Snowball Effect, New Zealand's leading crowdfunding and private equity platform, on a number of its equity offers.
  • Advising Millar Instruments on its merger with Telemetry Research.
  • Advising a Pan-European investment fund on its acquisition of a UK retail park by way of a share sale.
  • Advising on the equity capital raisings of a number of leading New Zealand technology companies, including Vend, Pushpay, GeoOP and Boardingware.
  • Advising Fuchs Petroleum on a major oil supply agreement with Shell.
  • Advising a substantial shareholder of an AIM-listed mining company on its subscription for convertible notes.
  • Advising Z Energy on its NZ$150 million bond issue on the NZDX.
  • Advising a UK energy provider on its commercial contract arrangements for a district heating network.
  • Advising a Pan-African land developer on major joint ventures in Nigeria and Ghana.
  • Advising Royal Wolf on the New Zealand aspects of its IPO on the ASX.
  • Advising a US based private investment company on the restructure of media assets in New Zealand and its acquisition of a stake in the restructured group.
  • Advising Greenmark Enterprises on its acquisition of a majority stake in Pinnacle Group.

Recent Articles


Takeovers Code Exemption for Small Code Companies

Under the Takeovers Code (Code), a person and their associates are prohibited from becoming the holders or controllers of 20% or more of the voting rights in a company with 50 or more shareholders and 50 share parcels (Code Company), except in a manner permitted by the Code.

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Trends in M&A

As the M&A landscape continues to shift towards equilibrium after the GFC, recent international trends have emerged in the New Zealand market. Specifically, the increased use of: • locked box pricing mechanisms; • warranty and indemnity insurance; and • the "fundamental warranty" exclusion for vendor warranty limitations.

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