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Private equityPrivate equity

Advice on the full lifecycle of private equity matters

Chapman Tripp’s private equity specialists advise on the full lifecycle of private equity matters, from structuring and establishment to the winding down of funds, as well as investments and divestments.

We work on the largest and most complex deals, domestically and offshore, and have designed and implemented many of the legal structures currently used by private equity, venture capital and investment funds in New Zealand. 

Our team works closely with the industry and Government on regulatory changes, and provided independent expertise to the Parliamentary Select Committee on New Zealand’s limited partnership and related tax legislation.  The outcomes create a better environment for New Zealand and international investors, and improve New Zealand’s international competitiveness.

Recommended for private equity work by independant legal directory Asia Law Profiles 2016

We have advised

  • Catalyst Investment Managers on New Zealand law aspects of its NZ$350m sale of Ezibuy to Woolworths
  • Quadrant Private Equity on its sell down of its remaining stake in Summerset Group Holdings for NZ$155m
  • Global private equity firm Riverside on its acquisition of animal health company Simcro
  • Maui Capital, one of New Zealand’s leading private equity firms, on the establishment of the Maui Capital Aqua Fund (NZ$253m of committed capital)
  • CHAMP Funds on the sales process for Blue Star Group’s Australian and New Zealand businesses which were sold in three separate transactions to private equity buyers. Goldman Sachs was the sales adviser on the processes
  • Maui Capital on its investment in Partners Life, an insurance company that is rapidly establishing a significant position in the New Zealand life insurance market
  • Nexus6 on the cornerstone investment by Australian private equity firm Phillip Asset Management to fund further growth
  •  Waterman Capital on its investment into Partner’s Life
  • Pencarrow and ACC in their acquisition of Bell Tea and Coffee Company from Foodstuffs New Zealand
  • CHAMP Private Equity-owned Accolade Wines on its purchase of Mud House Wine Group’s leading wine brands Mud House and Waipara Hills and the leasing of its vineyards from another new owner. The sale is conditional on Overseas Investment Office (OIO) approval
  • Pacific Equity Partners on its acquisition (in joint venture with CCMP Capital Advisors) of Independent Liquor New Zealand
  • Waterman Capital on its acquisition of a 50% stake in New Zealand health information technology company HealthLink; its investment into New Zealand life insurer Partners Life; and on its acquisition of a 24% stake in Academic Colleges Group Limited, a private school owner/operator in New Zealand, Indonesia and Vietnam
  • Maui Capital on their NZ$250m Indigo Fund including New Zealand's first Limited Partnership
  • Ironbridge Capital on its sale of Qualcare Group Holdings to Retirement Care (NZ) (a subsidiary of Macquarie Bank)
  • Direct Capital on its sale of Max Fashions to Ezibuy
  • Goldman Sachs JBWere on Hauraki Private Equity No.1 Fund's sale of businesses in the Tiri Group (Masport, Masport Foundaries, Pacific Wallcoverings, R H Freeman, A &G Price and New Zealand Insulators)
  • Goldman Sachs JBWere (through its Hauraki Private Equity No.2 Fund) and Quadrant Private Equity on their acquisition of a controlling stake (25.5% each) in Kathmandu Group for NZ$275m
  • HJ Heinz Company on its sale of Tegel Foods to Pacific Equity Partners for NZ$250m

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