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Corporate and M&A

Our corporate team is renowned for providing expert, yet practical, advice to the firm's wide range of clients on corporate matters. We have particular expertise in overseas investment into New Zealand.

Our track record is extensive, ranging from everyday transactions to the noteworthy deals of recent years. We have advised on many of the landmark transactions in New Zealand's corporate history.

 “The practice is a one stop shop for all our legal requirements with expertise in all areas. They are able to pull together a very strong legal team and meet tight deadlines.” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2022

“Top tier corporate practice. Very responsive and client focused.” Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2022

 Recent highlights

  • New Zealand Rugby - acting for New Zealand Rugby in relation to the $200 million investment by Silverlake, a world-first transaction in the field of private investment in sport
  • Acquisition of Vocus - advising Macquarie Asset Management on its joint venture with Real Assets and Aware Super and subsequent acquisition of telecommunications group, Vocus Group, for NZ$3.5 billion 
  • Merger of Orcon and 2degrees - advised on the merger of Orcon (formally Vocus NZ) and the NZ-based telecommunications group, 2degrees Group Ltd, for NZ$1.7 billion, we acted for Voyage Digital (NZ) Ltd, the merged entity
  • Heritage Lifecare Sale and Leaseback - advised Heritage Lifecare, owned by Adamantem Capital, on a $291 million sale and leaseback transaction involving Heritage group’s NZ aged care property assets to Centuria Capital
  • Takeover of Restaurant Brands - acting for Finaccess Capital on its NZ$885 million takeover of Restaurant Brands
  • Acquisition of UDC - advised Shinsei Bank on its acquisition of UDC Finance from ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd for NZ$760 million
  • Acquisition of Westland Milk - acting for Inner Mongolia Yili Group on its acquisition of Westland Milk Co-operative
  • Acquisition of Vodafone New Zealand - acting for underwriters on Infratil’s $400 million capital raising to partially fund the NZ$3.4 billion acquisition of Vodafone NZ

For more examples of our work, please see our detailed expertise pages.