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Partner

Andrew Matthews

BCom LLB

Auckland

P+64 9 977 5402

M+64 21 420 072

Andrew Matthews

Andrew is a partner in the firm's corporate group, advising on all aspects of corporate law and governance in New Zealand.

He regularly acts for international and domestic clients in relation to takeovers, schemes of arrangement, M&A, and overseas investment. He also provides strategic advice on governance and compliance matters more generally.

Andrew is ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific 2019, with clients highlighting his "pragmatic, intellectual and very thoughtful" approach and the fact that he is "very good at providing tailored solutions".

Andrew brings overseas experience to his advice, having worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London where he acted on a number of corporate transactions involving infrastructure assets.

  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Corporate & Commercial 2019 - Next Generation Lawyer
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Corporate/Commercial 2019 - Up and Coming Lawyer
  • Australasian Law Awards - NZ Dealmaker of the Year Finalist 2019

Examples of Work

  • Methven - response to $118 million takeover by GWA Group, effected by scheme of arrangement
  • Finaccess Capital - $885 million partial takeover of Restaurant Brands
  • DLF Seeds - $421 million purchase of PGG Wrightson’s seed and grain business
  • Valmont Industries - acquisition of CSP Coatings
  • Livestock Improvement Corporation - Share Simplification Process, effecting the restructure of the co-operative and the consolidation of two classes of shares
  • Citigroup Global Markets and Forsyth Barr Group - AU$300 million underwritten entitlement offer by Tilt Renewables
  • Suntory - AU$290 million sale of its Cerebos food/instant coffee business to The Kraft Heinz Company
  • Mercury Capital - acquisition of International Volunteer HQ
  • VF Corporation - $288 million acquisition of merino clothing chain Icebreaker
  • Nirvana Family Partnership - establishment of its partnership with Mercury Capital
  • UEM Edgenta - $263 million takeover by WSP Global of Opus International Consultants
  • Vista Group Holdings - advising on the $108 million block trade of 25.5% of Vista Group International
  • Macquarie Capital - $1.81 billion sale by Origin Energy of its 53.1% shareholding in Contact Energy
  • Archer Capital - establishment of a new industry leading education business called Aspire2, formed through the acquisition of five New Zealand based private education businesses
  • Amalgamated Holdings - $28.5 million acquisition of Museum Art Hotel, Wellington, marking the introduction of Amalgamated Holdings' QT brand into New Zealand
  • Accel Partners - $132.9 million investment in Xero by private placement
  • Fiji National Provident Fund - F$160 million acquisition by Fiji National Provident Fund of 49% of Vodafone Fiji
  • FIGG Investments - sale of stevedoring and marshalling business, ISO, to Qube Holdings for $80 million (plus a yet to be determined earn out amount)
  • Livestock Improvement Corporation - corporate advice and various acquisitions and investments, including its investment in Figured, and its acquisition of Lely Sensortec
  • MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (the number two global container shipping line) - its sale of 35% of Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) to Global Infrastructure Partners and a group of its LP co-investors for US$1.929 billion
  • Ferrovial - the disposal of three separate stakes in Heathrow Airport Holdings (UK) (formerly BAA):
    • a 8.65% stake to Universities Superannuation Scheme for £392 million
    • a 5.72% stake to Stable Investment Corporation (a wholly owned subsidiary of CIC International) for £257.4 million, and
    • a 10.62% stake to Qatar Holding for £478 million
  • Agbar (the international water resources management company) - its sale of 70% of Bristol Water (a UK water supply company) to Capstone Infrastructure Corporation, a Canadian listed infrastructure company, valuing Bristol Water at approximately £400 million
  • Acting for various investors in relation to cornerstone capital raisings, including Agria Corporation’s $120 million investment in PGG Wrightson as part of its $250 million capital raising, and Haier Group’s $80 million investment in cornerstone shareholding in Fisher & Paykel Appliances
  • Various takeovers and takeover responses, including acting for Fidelity Life in its response to Tower's bid, New Plymouth District Council in its takeover of Tasman Farms and BG Group in its proposed acquisition of Origin Energy (Australia) which in turn owns a 51% share in Contract Energy (New Zealand), valuing Origin Energy at A$12.9 billion