Few transactions place greater demands on legal advisers than takeovers.  Developing a strategy for a bidder or constructing a robust defence requires speed, depth of experience and sound judgement.

We understand the exacting demands of takeovers and have built a strong reputation in the area as a result.  We have been involved in all aspects of takeovers and have a good relationship with and understanding of the workings of the Takeovers Panel. 

Our lawyers advise on transaction structuring within and outside the Takeovers Code, negotiate and draft pre-bid commitment arrangements, prepare takeover offers and target company responses, advise independent directors of target companies on both friendly and hostile bids, secure exemptions from Takeovers Code, and appear on behalf of clients before Takeovers Panel.

Work highlights

Advising Lyttelton Port Company

on the full takeover by Christchurch City Holdings

Acting for Southern Travel Holdings

on the takeover offer by an unincorporated joint venture of existing shareholders

Acting for a group of majority shareholders in a wine industry based company

in relation to their takeover of the company structured as a takeover by an unincorporated joint venture

Acting for New Image Group

on the takeover offer made by its major shareholder

Acting for Olam International

on its takeover of NZ Farming Systems Uruguay

Acting for South Pacific Stock Exchange listed company, RB Patel Group and its three largest shareholders

on the partial takeover by Fijian Holdings, being the first ever takeover of a public company listed on the SPSE

Our team

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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Nick Bragg

Partner, Auckland

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

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Rupert Rouch

Partner, Wellington

Rupert specialises in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate advisory matters, including a particular focus on…

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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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Steve Nightingale

Partner, Wellington

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

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  • M +64 27 668 2832