We have advised:

on New Zealand’s most significant cross-border M&A deals including:

  • ANZ Bank New Zealand on its sale of OnePath Life NZ for $700m to specialist global insurer Cigna Corporation
  • the sale of Shell New Zealand to Vienna-based oil and gas company OMV for $794m
  • WSP Global Inc.'s full takeover of NZX-listed Opus International Consultants for $263m

  • Vector on the sale of its gas transmission business and non-Auckland gas distribution business to utilities investor First State Funds for $952.5m

  • Oji Holdings Corporation (as part of a Japanese-Government backed consortium) on its 100% acquisition of Carter Holt Harvey's pulp and paper and packaging businesses for $1.037b

  • GIC Real Estate, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, on its $1b joint venture with Scentre Group - Westfield mall owner and operator - to take a 49% stake in five New Zealand shopping centres

  • Transpacific Industries Group, Australia's leading waste management company, on the $950m sale of Transpacific New Zealand to Beijing Capital Group, one of China's leading state-owned infrastructure enterprises

  • on other significant M&A transactions including:
    • on the landmark AU$1.5b trans-Tasman deal that will see Australasian oil and gas company Beach Energy acquire Lattice Energy, the conventional upstream oil and gas business of Origin Energy
    • Icebreaker's sale to US-based VF Corporation, which owns The North Face, Timberland and Vans
    • Sumitomo Corporation on its acquisition of pine forest from Tasman Bay Forests Company for $370m
    • Higgins Group Holdings on the sale of its New Zealand road construction and maintenance business to Fletcher Building for $315m
  • NZME on its demerger from APN News & Media and subsequent listing on the NZX Main Board

  • Precinct Properties on its $150m convertible note issue

  • Arvida Group on its $77m underwritten pro rata rights issue and shortfall bookbuild

  • DeutscheCraigs as bookrunner and underwriter for BP New Zealand’s sale of its 11% stake in The New Zealand Refining Company for $80.4m

  • G3 Group on its $40m compliance listing, the first company to list on NZX's NXT market, designed for small and mid-sized businesses, and

  • on most of New Zealand’s initial public offers (IPOs) in recent times, including:

    • New Zealand King Salmon on its IPO and NZX Main Board and ASX listing

    • all four of the Government’s Mixed Ownership Model programme transactions

    • Arvida Group’s $80m IPO and NZX Main Board listing, in conjunction with an acquisition of 17 aged care facilities for scrip for a deal value of $329m

    • Arowana International’s $235m IPO and NZX Main Board and ASX listing of its Australasian education business, Intueri Education Group

    • Scales Corporation’s $149m IPO and NZX Main Board listing

    • Vista Group International’s $92.5m IPO and NZX Main Board and ASX listing

    • ikeGPS’ $25m IPO and NZX Main Board listing, and

    • EROAD’s $46m IPO and NZX Main Board listing.

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