Experience

We have advised:

  • Solid Energy’s five major bank lenders in relation to Solid Energy’s $450m voluntary administration, the largest and most complicated voluntary administration in New Zealand history
  • Z Energy on the funding of its $785m acquisition of Chevron New Zealand’s downstream operations in New Zealand
  • ACC on all aspects of its debt and equity investments into the NZ Transport Agency’s Transmission Gully Motorway Public Private Partnership (PPP), as a key project sponsor
  • Mighty River Power (now Mercury) on its $300m oversubscribed capital bond issue and NZX Debt Market listing, one of the largest ever corporate debt issues of its type in New Zealand
  • China Construction Bank and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on aspects of the establishment and funding of their New Zealand operations
  • the syndicate of bank lenders and hedging banks to Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) on funding the $1b+ acquisition of AMP Capital Property Portfolio’s assets in New Zealand
  • Powerco in relation to all aspects of its debt funding, including bank facilities, domestic bond issuances and US private placements
  • ANZ as lender on the financing of major developments including the $1b Westgate Town Centre development in Auckland and the $120m Five Mile retail and residential development in Queenstown
  • Westpac on New Zealand aspects of its covered bond and other treasury programmes
  • ASB as arranger and lender on the financing of the high profile circa $80m takeover by Connor Healthcare (owned by Austron and private equity firm Evolution Capital) of publicly listed health care provider Acurity Health Group
  • Turners (previously Dorchester Pacific) on the financing of its successful $82m takeover of Turners Group (previously Turners Auctions). This included a publicly issued convertible bond, a bank acquisition facility and a refinance of three other bank facilities provided to the Dorchester group
  • Crown Irrigation Investments on its funding support for major regional irrigation projects
  • RESIMAC an Australian non-bank lender, on a $150m securitisation, the first rated RMBS transaction in New Zealand in since the global financial crisis
  • EBOS Group on the $140m acquisition funding for its $1.1b acquisition of Australian pharmaceutical firm Symbion, voted Best New Zealand Deal of the Year in the 2013 Finsia Asia Achievement Awards
  • NZME on its bilateral bank facilities which facilitated its demerger from APN News and Media Limited, and
  • Goldman Sachs and Citi (as lead arrangers) on the New Zealand aspects of the successful global refinancing of Norwegian multinational Norske Skog’s debt facilities.
Corporate & commercial; Financial services regulation; Funds, KiwiSaver & superannuation; International trade & investment; Litigation & dispute resolution; Mergers & acquisitions; Public law; Restructuring & insolvency; Tax

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