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 funds 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).