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Partner

Michael Pollard

BCom LLB(Hons)

Auckland

P+64 9 977 5432

M+64 21 400 852

Michael Pollard

Michael is the head of the firm's corporate and commercial department and a member of the firm's board of management. He is a specialist corporate lawyer, co-heading the firm's corporate advisory group and leading the firm's private capital group.

Michael has over 20 years experience advising on mergers, takeovers, acquisitions, securities issuance, private equity transactions, and corporate governance. His work experience includes six years at a magic circle London firm.

He has been consistently recognised by major directories as a leading lawyer and is sought after for his commercial approach.

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Corporate/Commercial 2020 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Corporate/M&A 2019 - Leading Lawyer
  • AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers Guide Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions 2018 - Market-leading Lawyer
  • IFLR 1000 Corporate/M&A 2016 - Leading Lawyer
  • Australasian Law Awards - NZ Dealmaker of the Year Finalist 2015, 2016, 2017
  • The International Who's Who Legal Corporate 2015 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • UBS - acting in connection with a $400 million accelerated renounceable entitlement offer and placement by Infratil for the purposes of part financing the proposed acquisition of Vodafone NZ
  • Adamantem Capital - acquisition of leading smallgoods manufacturer Hellers
  • Arena Investors LP - funder and equity participant on the roll-up by Optic Security Group of six Australasian companies to create an integrated security products and services provider with revenues exceeding $100 million
  • Citigroup Global Markets and Forsyth Barr Group - AU$300 million underwritten entitlement offer by Tilt Renewables
  • UEM Edgenta - $263 million takeover by WSP Global of Opus International Consultants
  • Fairfax Financial Holdings - proposed $197 million takeover of NZX-listed Tower by way of scheme of arrangement
  • Daiwa Living Management - New Zealand aspects of purchase of 75% of Waldorf Australia and New Zealand Group
  • Macquarie Capital - $94 million underwritten accelerated rights entitlement offer by Restaurant Brands 
  • Bright Dairy & Food Company - $98 million accelerated rights entitlement offer by Synlait Milk 
  • Warren Couillault - acquisition of Macquarie Private Wealth New Zealand, and associated securities distribution arrangements
  • Vista Group Holdings - advising on the $108 million block trade of 25.5% of Vista Group International
  • 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
  • Macquarie Capital - $1.81 billion sale by Origin Energy of its 53.1% shareholding in Contact Energy
  • Marlborough Lines - acquisition of Yealands Wine Group Limited
  • Accel Partners - $132.9 million investment in Xero by private placement
  • Graymont - acquisition of McDonalds Lime from Holcim and NZ Steel, and of Taylors Lime from Holcim
  • Vocus Communications - takeover offer, by ASX-listed Vocus, to acquire FX Networks for approximately $115.8 million
  • Fiji National Provident Fund - F$160 million acquisition by Fiji National Provident Fund of 49% of Vodafone Fiji
  • Macquarie Capital - acting for the lead manager of the $100 million initial public offer of shares in Vista Group
  • Spotless Group Holdings - New Zealand counsel to Spotless and Pacific Equity Partners on the A$992 million initial public offering and ASX listing
  • Milford Asset Management - acquisition, alongside Bath Street Capital, of New Zealand Guardian Trust from ASX-listed Perpetual for $68.5 million
  • 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
  • Macquarie - $50 million dollar underwritten placement by Precinct Properties
  • Bright Dairy & Food Company - $120 million initial public offering of Synlait Milk
  • EastPack - merger with Satara Co-operative Group to create New Zealand's largest kiwifruit packhouse operation
  • nib holdings - acquisition of TOWER Medical Insurance for $102 million
  • Various financial sponsors in connection with Spotless Group, Hoyts Group, Tegel, Griffins, and TR Group
  • Richmond Investment Management - initial public offering of units in a hedge fund (fund of funds)
  • Agria Corporation (a NYSE listed Chinese agriculture business) - $120 million investment in PGG Wrightson as part of its $250 million capital raising, and associated strategic co-operation agreement between Agria and PGG Wrightson
  • Matariki Forests Group (New Zealand's third largest forestry company) - $167 million investment in it by London listed Phaunos Timber Fund
  • Auckland City Council - $150 million secured fixed-rate, five year bond issue and associated NZDX listing and subsequent $350 million bond issue
  • Gullivers Travel Group - $235 million takeover by Australian travel and property management company S8
  • Private Health Care - $340 million takeover by Retirement Villages (NZ) of Metlifecare
  • Gullivers Travel Group - $160 million initial public offering and listing on both NZX and ASX