The team prides itself on being part of the client’s wider team, including understanding the client’s business and strategic objectives, providing commercial and innovative solutions, and assisting with project managing all aspects of small and large scale transactions.
Whether your business is a large multi-national or domestic player, an international private equity firm or infrastructure fund, or a local start-up, our corporate team has all the necessary expertise and experience to assist with your corporate matters.
With a deep pool of talent our corporate team is consistently recognised by independent legal directories as the market leader in New Zealand.
Recent work highlights
Z Energy acquisition
Advised Ampol Limited, Australia’s ASX-listed leader in transport fuels, on its NZ$2 billion acquisition (by scheme of arrangement) of New Zealand fuel distributor, NZX and ASX-listed Z Energy.
Sale of Gull New Zealand
Advised Ampol Limited on the sale of its NZ$572 million Gull retail fuel business in New Zealand to Australian private equity firm, Allegro Funds Pty Ltd, in connection with Ampol’s acquisition of Z Energy.
Waste Management NZ acquisition
Advised Igneo Infrastructure Partners on the NZ$1.9 billion acquisition of New Zealand’s largest resource recovery and waste management services provider, Waste Management NZ Limited, from private equity firm Beijing Capital Group.
Sale of Vodafone NZ’s passive mobile tower business
Advised Vodafone New Zealand Limited on the establishment and sale of its passive mobile tower business for NZ$1.7 billion to funds managed or advised by leading global investors InfraRed Capital Partners (on behalf of HICL Infrastructure PLC) and Northleaf Capital Partners.
Air New Zealand’s recapitalisation package
Advised Air New Zealand on its comprehensive NZ$2.2 billion recapitalisation package to help position the airline for recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. This included a NZ$1.2 billion "traditional" pro rata renounceable rights offer and a revised redeemable share facility from the Crown.
Together with international counsel Kirkland & Ellis, advised FountainVest Partners, a leading private equity firm in China, on the acquisition of Ziwi, a New Zealand pet food exporter and the global leader of air-dried pet nutrition.
AMP Life acquisition
Advised Resolution Life on the New Zealand aspects of its acquisition of AMP's wealth protection and mature businesses for a total cash and non-cash consideration of approximately AU$3 billion. AMP Life is New Zealand’s second largest life insurer. This was IFLR Asia Pacific's 2021 M&A Deal of the Year.
Advised Bentley Systems, a NASDAQ-listed software company, on its USD1.05 billion acquisition of Seequent Holdings Limited, a global leader in 3D modeling software for geosciences.
Advised EQT Infrastructure IV Fund on its NZ$1.49 billion acquisition of NZX listed Metlifecare Limited by way of scheme of arrangement. This was one of the largest New Zealand M&A transactions in 2021 and M&A Deal of the Year at the 2021 New Zealand Law Awards.
Vodafone New Zealand sale
Advised Vodafone Group Plc on its sale of Vodafone New Zealand to a consortium of Infratil and Brookfield Asset Management for NZ$3.4 billion, making it one of the largest New Zealand M&A transactions on record.
Trade Me takeover
Advised Apax Partners LLP on its NZ$2.56 billion takeover of Trade Me - the largest takeover undertaken to date in NZ via scheme of arrangement.
Mercury Capital Funds 1 to 3
Advised Mercury Capital on the establishment of the Mercury Capital Funds 1 to 3, held through corporate and limited partnership structures, raising over AU$900 million.
Pearlfisher Capital First Mortgage Fund I and II
Advised Pearlfisher Capital Limited on the establishment of the Pearlfisher Capital First Mortgage Funds I and II. The Funds were established to provide first mortgage loans to borrowers who are undertaking property development and property investment transactions within the New Zealand property market.
Initial public offering and NZX Main Board listing of Napier Port Holdings Limited
Acting for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Limited, Port of Napier Limited and Napier Port Holdings Limited in connection with the NZ$234 million initial public offering and NZX Main Board listing of Napier Port Holdings Limited.
"Bell Gully is consistently commercial, pragmatic and strong in its M&A capabilities. The local and international knowledge and expertise across corporate, technology, data and privacy is invaluable."The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 - Tier 1
"Well established NZ practice. Strong oil and gas expertise. Knowledgeable, user friendly and always delivers."The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 - Tier 1
"Bell Gully’s corporate team is second to none in New Zealand. Their service to clients is exceptional and their technical expertise of top international standard."The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 - Tier 1
"Highly commercial and practical advisers" who "understand our business strategy," "can keep up with our demands for quick turnarounds" and "proactively go beyond the task at hand to offer insights, advice or suggestions we may not have thought about."Chambers Asia Pacific 2022 - Band 1