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Cath Shirley-Brown

Partner - BA LLB(Hons)


P+64 4 924 3451

M+64 21 302 751

Cath Shirley-Brown

Cath is a partner and co-leads the firm's Wellington corporate and commercial team.

She has acted for (and opposite) a wide variety of domestic and international clients, including public and private corporates, private equity funds, state owned and other investment funds and asset managers. Cath provides advice on public and private M&A, joint venture and shareholder arrangements and corporate and commercial law generally.

Cath has a particular focus on cross border M&A and transactions involving financial sponsors. She has considerable experience advising businesses and investors across a range of industries, including real estate, infrastructure, retail, energy, IT and finance. She also regularly advises local government entities on a range of corporate and commercial matters.

Prior to joining Simpson Grierson in 2018, Cath was a partner in London at a leading international firm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. She has previously worked at other major firms both here in New Zealand and in the UK.

  • UK Legal 500 Upper mid-market to premium deals (£250 million+) - Recommended lawyer

Examples of Work 

  • Delek Investments - advised on its £350 million disposal of Road Chef Limited (motorway service area owner/operator)  to Antin Infrastructure Partners
  • Ferrero International SA - advised on its £120 million takeover of Thorntons chocolates and its €180 million acquisition of the Delacre and Delichoc brands from United Biscuits
  • DXC Technology Inc (a NYSE listed IT services company) - advised on its acquisition of a provider of outsourcing services to luxury brands (including Bally and Jimmy Choo)
  • The Foschini Group (a South African listed retailer) - advised on its £250 million acquisition of Phase Eight (an international women’s clothing manufacturer and distributor)
  • Tesco plc - advised on the disposal of its Tesco Opticians business to Vision Express
  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets funds - advised in relation to its £250 million disposal of Red Bee Media
  • York Capital Partners (a private equity firm) - advised on its acquisition of the Alligator Self Storage business and its subsequent disposal of the business to Safestore plc
  • Veremonte (a Spanish investment company) - advised in relation to the restructuring of Formula E Holdings Limited (electronic car racing) and subsequent sell-down of its stake in the company to Liberty Global
  • Thames Valley Housing Association - advised on its £350 million joint venture arrangements with a sovereign wealth fund in relation to Fizzy Living (private rental sector accommodation)
  • TDIC (the tourism arm of the Abu Dhabi government) - advised in relation to its US$400 million joint venture arrangements with LVMH in relation to the development of Saadiyat Island
  • Long Harbour Social Infrastructure fund - advised on the £150 million refinancing of a portfolio of affordable housing assets and its subsequent sale of the portfolio to a UK pension fund
  • Long Harbour Energy Infrastructure Fund - advised on its acquisition of a 50% stake in an energy storage system development and related joint venture arrangements
  • Cheyne Capital LLP (an alternative investment firm) - advised on its joint venture arrangements in relation to a private rental sector co-living and working platform and an affordable student accommodation portfolio

Other Credentials

  • Admitted as barrister and solicitor, New Zealand
  • Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales
  • Bloomberg’s Guide to UK Takeovers - Author