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Private Equity & Venture Capital

We have been involved in the private equity and venture capital industry in New Zealand since its inception. We have advised on many of New Zealand's most notable private equity and venture capital transactions.

Our experience includes advice on the establishment, structuring, funding, and management of private equity and venture capital funds. We advise on leveraged and management buyouts and exit strategies, including public offerings and trade sale.

Our private equity and venture capital group draws upon expert support from our wider specialist teams throughout the firm to tackle any issues that arise.

Our legal expertise is supplemented by close involvement in relevant industry initiatives and organisations. We are an active member and participant, and a founding sponsor, of New Zealand Private Capital.

Our Experience

  • Heritage Lifecare - advising Heritage Lifecare, owned by Adamantem Capital, on the sale and leaseback of its property interests in 38 aged care facilities to Centuria Capital Group for $291 million
  • The Mind Lab - acting for Liverpool Partners on its acquisition of 50% of the limited partnership interest in The Mind Lab, a technology-driven education platform
  • Group - acquisition of Freeparking from Pencarrow Private Equity
  • TRG Imaging - sale of TRG Imaging to a Waterman Capital fund
  • Spotless Laundries - acting for Adamantem Capital on its acquisition of 70% interest in Spotless Laundries from Downer EDI
  • Finaccess Capital SA de CV - partial takeover by Finaccess Capital of Restaurant Brands
  • Smartfoods - advised in relation to investment by Pioneer Capital
  • TR Group - acting for CHAMP Ventures on its cornerstone shareholding in TR Group, and divestment of that interest to NZ fund, Direct Capital
  • Livingbridge - acquisition of rehabilitation provider Habit Group
  • Adamantem Capital - acquisition of Hellers
  • Mercury Capital - acquisition of International Volunteer HQ
  • TCV - $28.6 million acquisition of shares in Xero Limited from Matrix Capital Management
  • Nirvana Family Partnership - establishment of its partnership with Mercury Capital
  • CHAMP Ventures - acquisition of a majority stake in Macpac
  • Archer Capital - establishment of a new industry leading education business called Aspire2, formed through the acquisition of five New Zealand based private education businesses
  • Winona Capital - acquisition of approximately 50% of quality New Zealand menswear manufacturer Rodd & Gunn
  • Accel Partners - $132.9 million investment in Xero by private placement
  • Spotless Group Holdings - New Zealand counsel to Spotless and Pacific Equity Partners on the A$992 million initial public offering and ASX listing
  • Craigs Investment Partners, First NZ Capital, Forsyth Barr, and Macquarie Capital - acting on the $155 million block trade of Quadrant Private Equity's residual holding in Summerset Group