Corporate & commercial

Commercial market leaders who deliver high value commercial results

As home to New Zealand’s largest corporate and commercial group, we regularly act on New Zealand’s most significant corporate deals. Clients choose us because we provide clear, commercial advice that’s fit for purpose.

Our expertise spans the full spectrum of corporate and commercial law, including:

  • project managing the legal work stream on complex transactions
  • developing strategies, and
  • drafting and negotiating contracts.

As a result, our clients benefit from working with lawyers who advise across their projects, delivering high value commercial results.

In addition to ‘business as usual’ contracting arrangements, we play a significant role in merger, acquisition and disposal transactions for international and New Zealand clients, including large multinationals and leading private equity players.

We advise on the full range of foreign investment matters in wider corporate transactions involving direct investment into New Zealand business or land assets. We can help you to mitigate risk and maximise your investment throughout the phases of your business venture.

Experience highlights

We have advised:

  • ANZ Bank New Zealand on its sale of OnePath Life NZ for $700m to specialist global insurer Cigna Corporation
  • on the landmark AU$1.5b trans-Tasman deal that will see Australasian oil and gas company Beach Energy acquire Lattice Energy, the conventional upstream oil and gas business of Origin Energy
  • Vector on the sale of its gas transmission business and non-Auckland gas distribution business to utilities investor First State Funds for $952.5m
  • Oji Holdings Corporation (as part of a Japanese-Government backed consortium) on its 100% acquisition of Carter Holt Harvey’s pulp and paper and packaging businesses for $1.037b
  • WSP Global Inc.’s full takeover of NZX-listed Opus International Consultants for $263m
  • NZME on its demerger from APN News & Media and subsequent listing on the NZX Main Board, and
  • New Zealand King Salmon on its IPO and NZX Main Board and ASX listing.
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Ranked Tier One for corporate work by independent legal directories Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018, Chambers Global 2018, Chambers Asia Pacific 2018, and Asialaw Profiles 2018.

Awards

  • New Zealand Deal Maker of the Year (John Strowger) – 2017 Australasian Law Awards
  • New Zealand Deal Team of the Year – 2017, 2016 & 2015 Australasian Law Awards
Competition & antitrust; Employment; Health & safety; Finance; Financial services regulation; Funds, KiwiSaver & superannuation; Insurance; International trade & investment; Litigation & dispute resolution; Private client & trusts; Public law; Property & real estate; Regulatory law; Tax

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