Private equity and venture capital

We have been involved in most of Australasia's largest and most complex private equity transactions.

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Our Private Equity and Venture Capital team has extensive experience. The team advises on all areas of private equity and venture capital transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, financing, acquisition structuring, shareholding arrangements, foreign investment laws, restructurings, listings and initial public offerings. The team also advises private equity funds in their establishment and investor structures.

We have been involved in most of Australasia's largest and most complex private equity transactions. This means we know how private equity clients like to work and we understand what needs to be done to get a private equity transaction completed. We are highly experienced in multi-jurisdictional private equity transactions and working with our clients’ existing law firms and law firms in other jurisdictions to deliver a seamless service.

Recognition in our private equity and venture capital expertise

"They have a strong team which is pragmatic and very good across the board."
Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 - Tier 1 

Macpac acquisition
Advised Macpac on the acquisition by Australian private equity fund, CHAMP Ventures.

Mercury Capital establishment
Advised Mercury Capital on the establishment of two private equity funds in New Zealand.

Blackstone Group acquisitions
Advised Blackstone on the acquisition by its private equity fun​ds of the Burger King business and business of Orica New Zealand and its bids for certain other Australian assets.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts bids
Advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts on its bids for certain Australasian assets.

Archer Capital acquisitions
Advised Archer Capital on acquisitions of OneSource, the Fosters Wine Club businesses in New Zealand, Cardmember Wines and Carters Services.

Gresham Private Equity acquisitions
Advised Gresham Private Equity on its acquisition of Noel Leeming and Bond & Bond. Also advised Gresham Private Equity on its acquisition of 50% of Pacific Print Group.

AMP sale of Summerset Group Holdings and Summerset Management Company
Advised on the sale of AMP's interest in retirement village owner and operator, Summerset, and Summerset's manager to Quadrant Private Equity.

Equity International investments
Advised US-based Equity International on its US$95 million combined investment in the retirement business Renaissance Lifecare in the UK and the retirement village business Sanctuary Residences in New Zealand and Australia.

Ironbridge takeover of MediaWorks
Advised Ironbridge Capital, a leading independent Australasian private equity group, on its takeover of all the shares and options in New Zealand media company CanWest MediaWorks. Ironbridge Capital's offer to acquire all of the shares in MediaWorks followed a highly contested bidding process for CanWest's 70% stake. Subsequently advised Ironbridge Capital on the debt and equity restructuring of MediaWorks.

Acquisition of Formica Corporation from private equity interests
Advised Fletcher Building on the NZ$1 billion cross-border acquisition of US-based Formica Corporation from private equity investors Cerberus Capital Management and Oaktree Capital Management. We advised on all aspects of the transaction which resulted in the creation of the largest global manufacturer of decorative surfaces and high-pressure laminates in the world. The transaction was named New Zealand Deal of the Year at the 2008 ALB Australasian Law Awards.

Communications Venture Partners and GEMS acquisition
Advised two private equity firms, UK-based Communication Venture Partners and GEMS of Hong Kong, on the purchase of a majority stake in New Zealand mobile telecommunications company 2degrees (then known as Econet Wireless).

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  • Anna Buchly

    Partner Auckland
  • James Gibson

    Partner Auckland
  • Dean Oppenhuis

    Partner Wellington
  • Haydn Wong

    Partner Auckland