Private Equity & Venture Capital

Private equity and venture capital arrangements are an important source of funding for companies requiring capital for strategic investments or facility upgrades.

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, with a particular reputation for advising offshore investors.

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 support clients’ growth objectives and tackle any issues that arise.

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

Guide for international investors

Our Investing in Aotearoa New Zealand Guide provides a concise introduction to New Zealand's business and trading environment, with particular focus on legal and regulatory matters.

Work Highlights

Investment in New Zealand Rugby

We acted for New Zealand Rugby in relation to the $200 million investment by Silverlake, a world-first transaction in the field of private investment in sport.

Heritage Lifecare sale and leaseback

We advised Heritage Lifecare, owned by Adamantem Capital, on a $291 million sale and leaseback transaction involving Heritage group’s NZ aged care property assets to Centuria Capital.

Takeover of Restaurant Brands

We acted for Finaccess Capital on its $885 million takeover of Restaurant Brands.

Acquisition of The Mind Lab

We acted for Liverpool Partners on its acquisition of 50% of the limited partnership interest in The Mind Lab, a technology-driven education platform.

Acquisition of Freeparking

We advised Group on the acquisition of Freeparking from Pencarrow Private Equity.

Sale of TRG Imaging

We acted on the sale of TRG Imaging to a Waterman Capital fund.

Acquisition of Spotless Laundries

We acted for Adamantem Capital on its acquisition of a 70% interest in Spotless Laundries from Downer EDI.

TR Group

We acted for CHAMP Ventures on its cornerstone shareholding in TR Group, and divestment of that interest to NZ fund, Direct Capital.

Acquisition of Habit Group

We acted for Livingbridge on the acquisition of rehabilitation provider Habit Group.

Acquisition of Hellers

We acted Adamantem Capital on the acquisition of Hellers.