Josh Blackmore

Josh Blackmore

Josh Blackmore

Partner, Wellington

Corporate & commercial

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T:+64 4 498 4904

M:+64 21 828 814

E:josh.blackmore@chapmantripp.com 

Qualifications

LLB (Hons), BA, University of Canterbury

Admitted

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. Josh has a particular expertise in transactional matters involving the public sector, having advised Treasury, State-Owned Enterprises and Crown entities on various transactions.

Josh returned to Chapman Tripp in 2011 after two and a half years in Moscow where he worked at leading Wall Street firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. During his time in Moscow, Josh advised private and listed clients including TPG and Gazprom.

Josh is noted for his working experience in the Russian market and is recognised as an "Expert based abroad" in Chambers Global 2015.

Recent experience

Josh has advised:

  • NZ Post on the sale of a 47% stake in Kiwi Group Holdings Limited, the holding company for the Kiwibank group of financial services entities, to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Accident Compensation Corporation, for $494m, including the establishment of joint governance arrangements
  • Vector on its sale of subsidiary Vector Gas, owner of gas transmission pipelines and gas distribution networks outside of Auckland, to two infrastructure funds managed by First State Investments for $952.5m, following a contested international sale process and the $20m acquisition of Arc Innovations Limited from Meridian Energy and entry into associated long-term electricity smart metering deployment contracts
  • Ōtākaro on its establishment as a Crown-owned company and assumption of the Christchurch Regeneration Anchor Projects from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority
  • 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
  • Crown Irrigation Investments on its funding support for regional irrigation projects, including its subordinated debt facility investments into Stages One and Two of the Central Plains Water Scheme
  • Z Energy on a range of corporate governance matters, including its annual reporting requirements and the administration of its employee share schemes
  • Infratil on its acquisition of an 48% interest of Canberra Data Centres for $A392m, and the acquisition of 50% of an interest in a student accommodation concession for $A82.5m
  • ikeGPS on its $25m IPO and NZX Main Board Listing, its $8.25m capital raising via a private placement and underwritten share purchase plan, and its dual-listing on the ASX
  • Newcrest Mining on its farm-in arrangements with Laneway Resources in relation to gold mining tenements in the Waihi mining area
  • 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 Treasury on aspects of the $736m 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 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 fund raising and 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.
Corporate & commercial; Corporate governance; Equity capital markets; International trade & investment; Mergers & acquisitions; Private equity

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Energy & natural resources; Government; Infrastructure; Oil & gas; Power; Mining

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