Private equity

Advice on the full lifecycle of private equity matters

Our lawyers have been at the forefront of private equity in New Zealand since its beginnings in the early 1990s.

Our specialists advise on the full lifecycle of private equity matters, from investments to divestments, and from the structuring and establishment to the winding down of funds.

We work on the largest and most complex deals, domestically and offshore, and have been at the leading edge of structuring innovation in the New Zealand market, including the use of limited partnerships.

Our experience across the private equity space means we have a deep knowledge of how funds operate and how we can best contribute towards their success.

We have advised:

  • on the establishment of private equity funds for Direct Capital, Goldman Sachs, Knox Investment Partners, Maui Capital and Waterman Capital
  • the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF) on its cornerstone investment in the Global from Day One (GD1) Fund II
  • on the sale of Direct Capital’s shareholding in Transaction Services Group to Calera Capital
  • on the sale of Waterman Capital portfolio companies Academic Colleges Group (ACG) and Manuka Health New Zealand to Pacific Equity Partners, having previously acted for Waterman on its initial investments in those companies. The sale of ACG was the largest private equity deal in 2015
  • on Pencarrow IV Investment Fund’s acquisition of a 38% stake in Icebreaker
  • Pencarrow and ACC on their acquisition of Bell Tea and Coffee Company from Foodstuffs New Zealand
  • CHAMP Private Equity-owned Accolade Wines on its purchase of Mud House Wine Group’s leading wine brands Mud House and Waipara Hills and the leasing of its vineyards from another new owner
  • the Riverside Company on its investment in Simcro, and Simcro on its acquisition of ISL Animal Health and NJ Phillips
  • Quadrant Private Equity on its sell down of its remaining stake in Summerset Group Holdings for $155m, and
  • CHAMP Funds on the sales process for Blue Star Group’s Australian and New Zealand businesses which were sold in three separate transactions to private equity buyers. Goldman Sachs was the sales adviser on the processes.
Funds, KiwiSaver & superannuation; Private client & trusts

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