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Josh Blackmore

Josh Blackmore


M:+64 21 828 814

T:+64 4 498 4904


F:+64 4 472 7111





2006, New Zealand


Josh specialises in corporate and commercial transactions, with a focus on M&A and securities law.

Josh advises clients on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, corporate governance for listed and unlisted entities, and commercial agreements. 
He has advised a range of public and private sector organisations across industries including electricity, gas, telecommunications, transport and agribusiness.
Josh returned to Chapman Tripp in 2011 after two and a half years in Moscow where he worked at leading Wall Street firm Cleary Gottileb Steen & Hamilton LLP.  During his time in Moscow Josh advised private and listed clients including TPG and Gazprom.

Recent experience

Josh has advised:
  • Vector and its metering subsidiary, Advanced Metering Services, on the $20m acquisition of Arc Innovations Limited from Meridian Energy and entry into associated long-term electricity smart metering deployment contracts
  • Z Energy and its shareholders, Infratil and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, on all aspects of the $840m initial public offering of Z Energy and associated NZX and ASX listings
  • Newcrest Mining on its farm-in arrangements with Laneway Resources in relation to gold mining tenements in the Waihi mining area
  • ikeGPS on its $25m IPO and NZX Main Board Listing
  • Crown Irrigation Investments on its funding support for regional irrigation projects, including its subordinated debt facility investment into the Central Plains Water Scheme
  • The New Zealand Treasury on the sale by AMI Insurance of assets and liabilities to IAG (NZ) for $340m and the establishment of Southern Response to manage AMI’s Canterbury earthquake related assets and liabilities
  • Vector on a broad range of commercial contracts, including electricity metering and gas transmission, interconnection and supply contracts
  • The New Zealand Treasury on aspects of the $733m IPO and NZX and ASX listings of Genesis Energy as part of the New Zealand Government’s Mixed Ownership Model (MOM) programme
  • New Zealand Guardian Trust and The Trust Company in their role as instalment receipt trustees on the $1.88bn Meridian Energy IPO, as part of the MOM programme
  • Australian private healthcare investor Evolution Healthcare on its acquisition of Boulcott Hospital in Lower Hutt, Wellington and the acquisition of a stake in Acurity Health Group, a listed healthcare provider
  • Southern Pastures on a range of corporate governance matters and other matters associated with its investment in New Zealand dairy farms
  • Sanford Limited on the divestment of Pacific Oyster assets to Aotearoa Fisheries Limited
  • a New Zealand biotechnology company on its acquisition by a US-based private equity firm
  • the UK-based City & Guilds on the acquisition of Flexible Learning Network, a New Zealand based education provider
  • RESIMAC Limited on its acquisition of a New Zealand based residential mortgage backed securitisation structure, and
  • industry training organisations (ITOs) including the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers ITO and the Building and Construction ITO on proposed mergers within the ITO sector and associated corporate governance issues.