John specialises in corporate, contract and securities law and mergers & acquisitions.
John advises clients on corporatisation and privatisation exercises, including M&A deals and initial public offerings. He has also been at the legal forefront of the development of the private equity investment industry in New Zealand, and acts in New Zealand for a number of domestic and offshore private equity investors. He was appointed to the FMA in 2012.
John co-heads Chapman Tripp's China desk, which coordinates the firm’s efforts and advice related to investment and trade between China and New Zealand.
He is a board member of Skellerup.
John is consistently listed as a leading lawyer in corporate & commercial and mergers & acquisitions law by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Legal 500, and IFLR1000. He is also recognised in Legal Media Group's Guide to the World’s Leading Private Equity Lawyers and Guide to the World’s Leading M&A Lawyers.
John is noted as one of only two “Star” individuals in the
New Zealand corporate/M&A space, as ranked by Chambers Global 2016 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2016. John was ranked "Lawyer of the year 2013" for Leveraged Buyouts and “Lawyer of the year 2014-15” for Private Equity in the Best Lawyers in New Zealand directory.
John was named NZ Deal Maker of the Year at the 2015 Australasian Law Awards.
John has recently acted for:
Accident Compensation Corporation on its investment in PartsTrader, as part of a US$30m private equity issue by PartsTrader, in March 2015
GIC Real Estate, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, on its NZ$1b joint venture with Scentre Group – Westfield mall owner and operator – to take a 49% stake in five New Zealand shopping centres in November 2014
Juice Products New Zealand on the sale of 80% of its shares to Sumitomo Corporation of Japan in October 2014
Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation (NTHC) and Tainui Group Holdings on their $170m joint purchase of Go Bus in September 2014
Vista Group International $92.5m IPO and NZX and ASX listing in August 2014
Quadrant Private Equity on the sale of Seniors Money International's home equity release businesses in
New Zealand and Australia to Heartland New Zealand for $87m in cash and shares in August 2014
a Japanese consortium (Oji Holdings Corp and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan) on its 100% acquisition of Carter Holt Harvey’s pulp and paper and packaging businesses for $1.037b in April 2014
an Australian waste management company Transpacific Industries (TPI) on the $950m sale of its New Zealand business to a wholly owned subsidiary of the Beijing Capital Group in March 2014
Direct Capital on their investment in Energyworks, New Zealand's leading provider of mechanical services to the onshore oil and gas, power generation and petrochemical industry in February 2014
Pencarrow and ACC in their acquisition of Bell Tea and Coffee Company (BTCC) from Foodstuffs New Zealand in October 2013, and
The Warehouse Group on its acquisition of specialist consumer electronics and home appliances retailer Noel Leeming Group, for $65m, from Australian private equity firm Gresham in December 2012.