Grant specialises in corporate and commercial law and has over 20 years experience. He previously spent six years with the London office of US law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and has worked on secondment within the London-based investment arm of Nomura International, a Japanese investment bank.
Grant has broad experience in leveraged cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), public takeovers, schemes of arrangement, joint ventures and consortium arrangements, regulatory consent processes including applications to the Overseas Investment Office (OIO), corporate governance matters, management buyouts, restructurings and securities offerings. Grant has a particular focus on private equity and venture capital, having acted for some well known VC, LBO, sovereign wealth and investment funds such as Public Sector Pension Investment Board, Goldman Sachs Asian Special Situations, The Growth Fund (formerly Archer Capital Growth Funds), Blackstone, HRL Morrison & Co and Affinity Equity Partners, on their limited partnership formation, fund raising, portfolio company acquisitions, financings, ongoing investment and exits in the TMT, biotechnology, food and beverage, healthcare, dairy, agri-business, energy, real estate, retirement villages, forestry, infrastructure, insurance, credit and financial services sectors.
Grant has a BCom (accounting and finance) from the University of Auckland and has been admitted in England, Wales and New South Wales, Australia.
"Clients report that they have 'found him to be first class,' 'exceptional to work with', 'very efficient and really thorough' and praise him for his 'wide international experience' with one leading client singling him out as 'my first-choice lawyer on any M&A transaction'. He maintains a strong reputation for cross-border expertise, with especially notable experience of advising inbound investors on asset portfolio acquisitions."
- Recognised in Australasian Lawyer Magazine's Hot List 2015 and NZ Lawyer Magazine's Hot List 2014
- Recognised as an expert in private equity by Chambers Global, Asialaw and IFLR in the Guide to the World's Leading Private Equity Lawyers
- Recommended as a leading M&A/corporate lawyer by Chambers Global, Legal 500, IFLR, Asialaw and Best Lawyers
Advising Goldman Sachs Asian Special Situations
on various transactions including its investment in Evolution Healthcare, the acquisition of Eden Business Park from Arena Property Fund and consortium acquisition of a $NZ1.3b commercial loan portfolio from Bank of Scotland International
Advising PSP Investments
on its acquisitions of interests in the Kaingaroa forest (New Zealand's largest forest) from Harvard University and partnership arrangements with Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation (named NZ M&A Deal of the Year in 2015 at the New Zealand Law Awards)
Advising Online Republic
on the sale of its global travel e-commerce business to ASX listed Webjet for NZ$85m
Advising Affinity Equity Partners
on various transactions including its AU$640m acquisition of Nine Live (including Ticketek) from Nine Entertainment Co
Advising the Mud House Wine Group
on the sale of its wine brands and other assets to Accolade Wines and the sale of 400 hectares of vineyards to CK Life Sciences
Advising Pacific Aerospace shareholders
on a 50% investment by Beijing Automotive (BAIC Group) and a co-investment in a joint venture company, Beijing Pan-Pacific Aerospace Technology Company Ltd in Beijing