Experience

We have advised:

  • on New Zealand’s most significant cross-border M&A deals including:
    • 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
    • GIC Real Estate, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, on its $1b joint venture with Scentre Group - Westfield mall owner and operator - to take a 49% stake in five New Zealand shopping centres
    • Transpacific Industries Group, Australia’s leading waste management company, on the $950m sale of Transpacific New Zealand to Beijing Capital Group, one of China’s leading state-owned infrastructure enterprises
    • Academic Colleges Group (ACG) and its shareholders on the sale of ACG to Pacific Equity Partners, which was the largest private equity deal in 2015
  • on other significant M&A transactions including:
    • Sumitomo Corporation on its acquisition of pine forest from Tasman Bay Forests Company for $370 million
    • Higgins Group Holdings on the sale of its New Zealand road construction and maintenance business to Fletcher Building for $315m
    • Lendlease on the sale of its New Zealand retirement village portfolio to The Blackstone Group, one of the world's biggest investment businesses and listed on the NYSE
  • NZME on its demerger from APN News & Media and subsequent listing on the NZX Main Board
  • Arvida Group on its $30m placement, and $5m Share Purchase Plan, as part of the funding for its $62m acquisition of the Aria retirement villages
  • First NZ Capital and Credit Suisse (Australia) as underwriters of Kiwi Property Group’s $152m accelerated renounceable entitlement issue
  • Deutsche Craigs as bookrunner and underwriter for Chevron New Zealand's 'block trade' sale of its 11.3% stake in The New Zealand Refining Company for $82m
  • G3 Group on its $40m compliance listing, the first company to list on NZX's new NXT market, designed for small and mid-sized businesses
  • on most of New Zealand’s initial public offers (IPOs) in recent times, including:
    • New Zealand King Salmon on its IPO and NZX Main Board and ASX listing
    • all four of the Government’s Mixed Ownership Model programme transactions
    • Arvida Group’s $80m IPO and NZX Main Board listing, in conjunction with an acquisition of 17 aged care facilities for scrip for a deal value of $329m
    • Arowana International’s $235m IPO and NZX Main Board and ASX listing of its Australasian education business, Intueri Education Group
    • Scales Corporation’s $149m IPO and NZX Main Board listing
    • Vista Group International’s $92.5m IPO and NZX Main Board and ASX listing
    • ikeGPS’ $25m IPO and NZX Main Board listing, and
    • EROAD’s $46m IPO and NZX Main Board listing.
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