Buddle Findlay advises Vodafone New Zealand on its conditional transaction to acquire a majority shareholding in DEFEND

25 February 2022

Buddle Findlay is delighted to have advised Vodafone New Zealand on its conditional transaction to acquire a majority shareholding in specialist cyber security and resilience business DEFEND, as announced by Vodafone on 25 February 2022: Vodafone New Zealand announces significant investment in leading cyber security firm DEFEND.

The Buddle Findlay team advised on all legal aspects of the transaction and was led by partners Sarah McEwan and Allan Yeoman, supported by senior associates Tom Montgomerie and Michelle Glading, senior solicitor Olivia Lewis and solicitor Harriett Scott.  The Buddle Findlay team worked closely and collaboratively with the deal team from Vodafone and their other external advisers to deliver this strategic transaction swiftly and smoothly.

The transaction remains subject to certain conditions and approvals (including OIO) with completion expected to occur around the end of April 2022.