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Partner

Michael Sage

BA LLB

Auckland

P+64 9 977 5006

M+64 21 664 993

Michael Sage

Mike is a partner in the firm's commercial group, specialising in infrastructure and technology.

In the technology sector, Mike provides advice on capital raising, corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures. He also advises on regulatory issues, interconnection agreements, technology procurement, fibre leasing/IRU contracts and major outsourcing contracts.

In the infrastructure sector, Mike is a lead adviser on major projects in energy generation and distribution, transport, telecommunications, water/wastewater, airport, solid waste and urban redevelopment.

Mike has extensive experience in buying and selling businesses and companies, and in the establishment of joint ventures. He has a particular interest in the areas of business structuring and capital raising for early to mid-stage companies.

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Technology, Media & Telecommunications 2022 - Leading Lawyer (Senior Statespeople)

Examples of Work

  • Vocus Communications - takeover offer, by ASX-listed Vocus, to acquire FX Networks for approximately $115.8 million
  • DB Breweries - corporate advisory work including acquisition of Tuatara Brewing Company; establishment of Barworks joint venture; sale of Liquorland; purchase of Redwood Cellars
  • Union MedTech - acquisition of Rex Bionics (a developer of robotic exoskeletons for the disabled) and capital raising on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market
  • Kordia New Zealand – purchase and subsequent sale of Orcon (internet service provider); purchase of Aura Information Security; trans-Tasman fibre optic cable project
  • Electricity - Co-generation/embedded generation/transmission projects/contract documents for Northpower/Counties Power
  • Methven - acquisition of Deva Tap Company (UK) and associated rights issue/institutional placement; acquisition of Heshan Sanitary (Chinese manufacturing business)
  • Transpower - acquisition of new technology to upgrade inter-island HVDC link (approximately $700 million project)
  • Veolia Water - 50 year franchise agreement (public private partnership) with Papakura District Council to operate water/wastewater systems
  • Adherium – sale of medical device company as part of capital raising on Australian Stock Exchange
  • Antipodean Biotechnology - capital raising, establishment of US operations, and phase II of clinical trials agreements for treatment of Parkinson's disease
  • Royal & Sun Alliance/Vero - acquisitions of Royal Insurance, Tyndall, Commercial Union General Insurance, AMP Insurance (including amalgamation of AA-GIO and AA Insurance) and Autosure
  • Promina's $2.1b IPO
  • Auckland Council - infrastructure funding and works contracts for Westgate Town Centre
  • SmartCo - establishment of smart metering joint venture between electricity lines companies

Other Credentials

  • An Introduction to E-Commerce Law in New Zealand