Private equity


We understand the need for investments to work for all parties whether they are private equity investors, investee companies, management, senior or mezzanine debt funders.

Successful private equity investment is dependent on recognising an opportunity and effectively structuring a transaction to maximise that opportunity.

Our experts understand the competitive and time sensitive nature of being able to seize opportunities to maximise the benefits that can be derived from them.  We work with clients to achieve intelligent investments on intelligent terms.

Our team has worked on structuring, funding, implementation and exit of private equity investments acting on different transactions for a range of private equity investors, investee companies, management, debt financiers and insurers in exit situations.

We advise clients on private equity fund formation, planning for an investment, structuring investments including complex tax issues, securities issues, approval from the Overseas Investment Office, takeovers, senior and mezzanine debt funding, and preparation and negotiation of relevant agreements (including subscription agreements, shareholders' agreements and management contracts).

Work highlights

Advising Adamantem Capital

on its acquisition of retirement village and aged care operator Heritage Lifecare

Advising Affinity Equity Partners

on New Zealand aspects of its acquisition of Nine Live (which includes the Ticketek business) from Nine Entertainment Co

Advising The Growth Fund

on the acquisition of medical supplies business Obex Medical

Acting for Pencarrow Private Equity

on its acquisition of the Digiweb group of companies and Digiweb's simultaneous acquisition of the Web Drive and Arrenway companies

Advising Intermediate Capital Group

on the provision of mezzanine debt and equity finance to the Affinity Equity Partners-led consortium acquisition of Tegel Foods from Pacific Equity Partners

Advising Bancorp and management

on the sale of pork processer Premier Bacon to Affinity Equity Partners portfolio company, Primo Foods

Our team

David Thomson

Partner, Auckland

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

  • DDI +64 9 363 0750
  • M +64 21 668 593


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…

  • DDI +64 9 363 0636
  • M +64 21 888 812


Jan Etwell

Partner, Christchurch

Jan specialises in banking and finance, commercial and company law. Her experience includes acting as instructing solicitor…

  • DDI +64 3 371 3514
  • M +64 21 655 604


Miriam Andrews

Partner, Auckland

Miriam specialises in banking and finance. Prior to re-joining Buddle Findlay in 2013, Miriam was transaction director at…

  • DDI +64 9 363 0638
  • M +64 21 491 781


Nick Bragg

Partner, Auckland

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

  • DDI +64 9 363 0769
  • M +64 21 818 142


Sarah McEwan

Partner, Auckland

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

  • DDI +64 9 363 0792
  • M +64 21 453 506


Steve Nightingale

Partner, Wellington

Steve specialises in corporate law including capital raising, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, limited partnership…

  • DDI +64 4 498 7312
  • M +64 27 668 2832