Experience

We have advised:

  • CBA, ANZ, BNZ and Westpac on tax-related aspects of the restructuring and recapitalisation of Solid Energy
  • on all four of the New Zealand Government's Mixed Ownership Model (MOM) programme transactions in 2013 and 2014, including advising on the tax aspects for:
    • the Treasury on the $736m Initial Public Offering (IPO) and New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) and Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listing of Genesis Energy
    • Mighty River Power (now Mercury) on its $1.7b IPO and NZX and ASX listing
  • a Japanese consortium (Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed packaging company Oji Holdings Corporation, and INCJ – a Japanese corporate investor, sponsored by the Japanese Government and private enterprise) on its 100% acquisition of Carter Holt Harvey’s pulp and paper and packaging businesses for $1.037b, including the tax aspects
  • petroleum distributor and retailer Z Energy, and its shareholders Infratil and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, on the tax aspects (and all other aspects) of its $840m partial IPO and associated NZX and ASX listings
  • Vector on the tax aspects of its sale of subsidiary Vector Gas, owner of gas transmission pipelines and gas distribution networks outside of Auckland, to two infrastructure funds managed by First State Funds for $952.5m
  • Sumitomo Corporation on the tax aspects of its acquisition of a substantial (approximately 30,000 hectare) pine forest estate in Nelson for $370m from Tasman Bay Forests Company
  • Higgins Group Holdings (HGH) and its shareholders on the tax aspects of its 100% sale of its New Zealand road construction and maintenance business to Fletcher Building for $315m
  • a number of clients in respect of various negotiations and disputes with Inland Revenue, including disputes relating to transfer pricing and cross-border financing
  • on the tax aspects of Australian waste management company Transpacific Industries’ Group's 950m sale of Transpacific New Zealand to a wholly owned subsidiary of the Beijing Capital Group
  • the New Zealand Bankers’ Association (NZBA) and its member banks on ongoing issues arising from the US legislative provisions commonly known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)
  • Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei on the tax aspects of its significant and complex Treaty of Waitangi settlement, as well as post-Waitangi settlement matters which included restructuring the existing asset base and transferring the property assets to the newly formed entity, and
  • the Earthquake Commission (EQC) on the tax aspects of its complex land claims relating to more than 120,000 land claims arising from the Canterbury earthquakes.
Corporate & commercial; Debt capital markets; Equity capital markets; Finance; Funds, KiwiSaver & superannuation; Insurance; International trade & investment; Litigation & dispute resolution; Mergers & acquisitions; Private client & trusts; Regulatory law; Restructuring & insolvency

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