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.

Recent experience

Josh has advised:

  • NZ Post on the sale of a 47% stake in Kiwi Group Holdings, 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
  • The Treasury on the sale by the Crown of FairWay Resolution to its management and employees, for $6.5m
  • 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
  • The Treasury on the sale by the New Zealand Government of 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, and
  • Southern Pastures on a range of corporate governance matters and other matters associated with its fund raising and investment in New Zealand dairy farms.
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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