Experience

We have advised:

  • Panuku Development Auckland (previously Auckland Waterfront Development Agency) on all aspects of the Wynyard Central project – the largest commercial and residential development project in central Auckland – including negotiating extensive development arrangements with multiple developers including a proposed large international standard 5-star hotel on the site of the former Team New Zealand (America’s Cup) base, an Innovation Hub comprising approx. 50,000 sqm of office space, and a proposed residential development of approx. 80,000 sqm
  • GIC Real Estate, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, on all real estate and corporate aspects (including its successful Overseas Investment Office application) of its $1b joint venture with Scentre Group – Westfield mall owner and operator – to take a 49% stake in five New Zealand shopping centres
  • The Warehouse Group on its $130m revamp of stores across New Zealand over a five year period; $90m sale and leaseback on a ‘triple net basis’ of its high-tech 21.7 hectare North Island Distribution Centre to ACC; and $60m construction, leasing and sale, for $78m, of the Silverdale Shopping Centre in the Rodney district of North Auckland
  • Kiwi Income Property Trust on the circa $100m sale of its office complex at 205 Queen St, Auckland, to Brisbane-based Bloomberg Incorporation
  • the New Zealand Earthquake Commission (EQC) in relation to its commercial leasing throughout New Zealand including post-earthquake Christchurch premises and complex land related insurance analysis
  • Willis Bond on the acquisition and development of the 132 Halsey and Wynyard Central residential apartment projects at Wynyard Quarter, in central Auckland and on the acquisition and development of the $200m Sunderland A precinct (marketed as Sunderland), Hobsonville Point, Auckland, comprising approx. 210 houses and townhouses
  • Auckland Hotel Investments (a 100% owned subsidiary of Fu Wah New Zealand Limited) on its construction of a seven-storey Park Hyatt Hotel on the former Team New Zealand site
  • Fu Wah New Zealand on its acquisition of the former Goodman site in Wynyard Quarter for development
  • The Warehouse Group on the proposed sale of its 1.4 hectare site in Newmarket to be part of a mixed-use retail, office and accommodation development
  • Antipodean Properties on the sale of a portfolio of supermarkets to DNZ Property Fund for $287m (at the time the largest single property transaction in New Zealand in 2016)
  • Todd Property Ormiston Town Centre on the development and leasing aspects of the large retail component of the multi-staged mixed-use town centre on a large site situated along Ormiston Road in Flatbush, Auckland
  • Augusta Capital on all of its acquisition work including the purchase and syndication of Building C, Spark City ($69.5m), the Value Add Portfolio (circa $110m) and Building A, 141 Victoria St (circa $100m)
  • China-based Shanghai Pengxin on its high profile purchase of a 74% holding in Synlait Farms, which own 12,000 hectares of dairy farms in Canterbury, South Island together with the purchase of Buildings A and B, Spark City
  • Chinese investors on the purchase of Kawarau Falls station in Queenstown (comprising 3 hotels and apartment buildings)
  • Spark (formerly Telecom) on the construction and leasing of its offices at Victoria Square, Auckland (including advising in relation to the subsequent unit titling and subdivision) and the construction and leasing of its offices at Willis Street, Wellington
  • Precinct Properties on its purchase of No 1 Queen Street, Auckland – also known as the HSBC office tower – for $103m; and on its $90m acquisition of Auckland Downtown shopping centre from Westfield
  • Tauranga Crossing on the $100m+ large scale development and leasing of its new retail centre in Tauranga, a significant regional centre in the North Island of New Zealand, and
  • NZME on an agreement to lease with Mansons for the development of its new head office in Victoria Street West, one of the largest leasing transactions in the Auckland CBD in the past couple of years.

Environment, planning & resource management; Private client & trusts; Mergers & acquisitions

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