Mergers and acquisitions

We deliver expert advice to local and international clients on large and complex domestic and cross-border transactions. We are a leading New Zealand law firm for mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

Overview

Our experienced team is highly regarded

We have extensive experience advising on the full spectrum of M&A.  Our experience includes small scale family businesses, mid-market transactions, and large scale public mergers and acquisitions undertaken by way of takeover or scheme of arrangement.

We advise on all aspects of M&A transactions.  We are experts in completing efficient due diligence, arranging warranty and indemnity insurance and drafting and negotiating transaction documentation on both buy and sell side mandates.

We deliver seamless transaction project management 

We draw on expertise from our teams to deliver seamless transaction project management.  We involve experts from:

  • Banking and finance
  • Intellectual property
  • Technology
  • Real estate
  • Competition
  • Environmental
  • Tax
  • Employment. 
We work to achieve our client's corporate and strategic objectives

We provide invaluable input into transactions with overseas investment, regulatory, economic or political dimensions.

We facilitate transactions that achieve our client’s corporate and strategic objectives.

We have a wide range of clients

Our clients include:

  • Private companies
  • Private equity funds
  • Listed entities
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Government agencies.
  • Tier 1, M&A - IFLR1000
  • Band 2 / Tier 2, Corporate and M&A - Chambers Asia-Pacific and Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
  • Excellence awardee at the 2023 New Zealand Law Awards: M&A Deal of the Year - Sale of One NZ's passive mobile towers to InfraRed Capital Partners and Northleaf Capital Partners
  • Excellence awardee at the 2023 New Zealand Law Awards: Mid-Market Deal of the Year - Acquisition of The Better Health Company by Nestlé New Zealand


Work highlights

Infratil

We advised Infratil on all legal aspects of its strategic reinvestment in One NZ's (formerly Vodafone New Zealand) passive mobile tower assets. Read more here

Nestlé Health Science

We advised Nestlé Health Science on its acquisition of The Better Health Company (which includes the brands GO Healthy and Egmont Honey).  Read more here

Autosports Group

We advised Autosports Group on its acquisition of the Auckland City BMW including the BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce vehicle dealerships in Auckland.

Brookfield

We advised Brookfield on the New Zealand aspects of its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Intellihub Group.

Pencarrow Private Equity

We advised the shareholder group, including major shareholder Pencarrow Private Equity, on the sale of all of the shares in Mix Global Holdings Limited, which produces and supplies personal care products including under the 'Essano' brand.

Infratil

We advised Infratil on its acquisition of a majority stake in diagnostic imaging provider Pacific Radiology Group. Read more here


Our team

David Thomson

Partner, Auckland

David specialises in corporate and commercial law with considerable experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures…

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Grant Dunn

Partner, Auckland

Grant specialises in corporate and commercial law and has over 20 years experience. He previously spent six years with the London…

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Lisette Hood

Partner, Auckland

Lisette specialises in corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on commercial contracting, corporate governance and merge…

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Mark Odlin

Partner, Christchurch

Mark specialises in corporate and commercial law and advises on a range of financial, commercial and corporate law matters, including…

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Nick Bragg

Partner, Auckland

Nick specialises in corporate and commercial law with considerable experience across a broad range of mergers and acquisitions (includi…

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Renee Stiles

Partner, Wellington

Renee is a member of our Wellington corporate and commercial team, specialising in commercial contracting, information and…

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Rupert Rouch

Partner, Wellington

Rupert is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer who advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate …

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Sarah McEwan

Partner, Auckland

Sarah specialises in corporate and commercial law with a broad range of experience in capital markets and securities transactions…

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