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Mergers & acquisitionsMergers & acquisitions

Successful outcomes for landmark mergers and acquisitions

Chapman Tripp’s internationally recognised M&A team leads the way in New Zealand.  Our clients value our long history of innovation, strong relationships with regulators and proven ability to get even the most challenging deals across the line.

We are heavily involved in transactions for international and New Zealand clients, including large multinationals and leading private equity players.  Our substantial experience includes advising on the structure, strategy and implementation of takeovers, amalgamations, joint ventures and other complex transactions.

Ranked Tier One for corporate and M&A work by independent legal directories Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016, IFLR1000 2016 and AsiaLaw Profiles 2016 


We have advised

  • Higgins Group Holdings on its sale to Fletcher Building for $315 million
  • Lendlease on the sale of its New Zealand retirement village portfolio to Blackstone
  • Evolution Healthcare on its acquisition of Acurity Health Group and sale of Boulcott Hospital
  • Vector on the $952.5 million sale of its gas transmission pipeline business to First State Investment funds
  • Academic Colleges Group and its shareholders on the sale of ACG to Pacific Equity Partners
  • Direct Capital on the sale of New Zealand Pharmaceuticals to Archer Capital
  • Manuka Health New Zealand and its shareholders on the sale of MHNZ to Pacific Equity Partners
  • Sumitomo Corporation on its acquisition of pine forest from Tasman Bay Forests Company for $370 million
  • Spark on the $106 million sale of Telecom Rentals to Flexigroup
  • EBOS Group on its $80 million purchase of Red Seal
  • Kathmandu in connection with Briscoes’ unsuccessful takeover offer
  • Z Energy on its $785 million purchase of Chevron’s NZ Caltex retail business
  • a Japanese consortium (Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed packaging company Oji Holdings Corp, 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 NZ $1.037b
  • Beijing General Aviation Group on its 50% equity investment in New Zealand aviation firm Pacific Aerospace
  • Wilmar International and First Pacific on the New Zealand aspects of their AU$1.34b takeover of Goodman Fielder, Australasia's largest food manufacturer
  • Australian waste management company Transpacific Industries on the $950m sale of its New Zealand business to a wholly owned subsidiary of the Beijing Capital Group
  • 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
  • ID Leisure Ventures, founded by Chinese billionaire Sun Xishuang, on the NZ elements of their A$900m acquisition of Hoyts Group
  • BlueScope Steel, Australia’s largest steelmaker, on its NZ$120m acquisition of Fletcher Building Limited’s Pacific Steel Group assets (approved by the New Zealand Commerce Commission in mid-2014)
  • Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation as manager and administrator of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund on the sale of its portfolio of 11 forestry blocks in New Zealand’s North Island to China National Forest Products Trading Corporation
  • The London Stock Exchange Group plc on the New Zealand elements of their US$2.4b acquisition of Frank Russell Company
  • Discovery Communications and Liberty Global – provided New Zealand law assistance to Discovery Communications and Liberty Global on their acquisition of British-based All3Media, the parent company of South Pacific Pictures, for NZ$1.07b
  • Dorchester Pacific on its NZ$82m full takeover offer for Turners Group (previously Turners Auctions), offering a combination of cash, shares and/or optional convertible notes
  • EBOS Group on its NZ$1.1b acquisition of Australian health company Symbion, which included a NZ$239m placement and rights issue and an ASX listing – NZ’s largest M&A transaction of 2013
  • The Warehouse Group, New Zealand’s largest retailer, on a series of acquisitions: Noel Leeming, Torpedo 7, R&R Sport, No.1 Fitness, Shotgun Supplements, Diners Club NZ, Shop HQ and SchoolTex
  • Shanghai Pengxin in forming and negotiating an incorporated joint venture vehicle with Juliet Maclean and John Penno (SFL Holdings) and acted for SFL Holdings in its NZ$87.5m full takeover offer for Synlait Farms
  • Australian-listed company Arowana International on its (NZ$56-$60m) purchase of New Zealand-based Quantum Education Group and Learntree through its wholly-owned subsidiary Intueri Education Group. Upon completion of the acquisition, the combined Intueri and Quantum Education Groups will become the largest PTE (private training establishment) group in New Zealand
  • Quadrant Private Equity on the sale of Seniors Money International’s home equity release businesses (HER) in New Zealand and Australia to Heartland New Zealand for NZ$87m in cash and shares
  • Pencarrow and ACC in their acquisition of Bell Tea and Coffee Company from Foodstuffs New Zealand
  • multinational Atlas Copco Group on its purchase of the business of Lancaster Group, including Ash Air
  • on the merger of NZSX listed Property For Industry (a listed PIE fund) and Direct Property Fund (a widely held but unlisted PIE Fund). This was the first merger of a listed and unlisted PIE in New Zealand, and created New Zealand’s largest listed industrial property fund
  • Foodstuffs Wellington on its merger with Foodstuffs Auckland to form Foodstuffs North Island
  • Sanford Limited on the divestment of Pacific Oyster assets to Aotearoa Fisheries Limited and the acquisition of the Coromandel, New Zealand-based business assets of Greenshell NZ Limited and Greenshell Investments Limited from the companies’ receivers
  • the UK-based City & Guilds on the acquisition of Flexible Learning Network, a New Zealand based education provider
  • the Treasury on the sale of AMI’s non-Canterbury earthquake related assets and liabilities to IAG
  • 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
  • Pacific Flight Catering on the sale of its business to Gate Gourmet
  • FleetCor Technologies, Inc. on its acquisition of Cardlink’s fuel card issuing and payment processing business
  • Delica on its sale to Turners & Growers, the fruit marketer controlled by Germany's BayWa Aktiengesellschaft 
  • Fisher Funds on its NZ$79m acquisition of Tower Investments. The acquisition, aided by TSB Bank, makes Fisher Funds the biggest New Zealand-owned KiwiSaver provider. Fisher's total funds under management will increase from NZ$1.4b to NZ$5.5b, ranking the firm New Zealand's fourth largest.
  • News Limited on the sale of its 44% stake in Sky Network Television, New Zealand's pre-eminent pay television broadcasting service, for in excess of NZ$800m
  • Hellaby Holdings on its acquisition of an 85% stake in Contract Resources Holdings for NZ$73m and associated NZ$40m bank debt refinancing
  • Waterman Capital on its acquisition of a 24% stake in Academic Colleges Group Limited, a private school owner/operator in New Zealand, Indonesia and Vietnam
  • NDA Group on the sale of its milk storage and refrigeration services business, Dairy Technology Services, to Tru-Test Group, for NZ$73m
  • Godfrey Hirst subsidiary Canterbury Spinners on the acquisition of a wool-spinning business and assets from Summit Wool Spinners, New Zealand's largest independent spinner
  • Blue-Star Group on the recent contested sale of its Australian printing business to Wolseley Private Equity and CaxtonWeb, and its New Zealand printing business to a joint venture of Mercury Capital private equity and Tom Sturgess interests

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