Chris Goddard

Partner Auckland

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​Chris has extensive international experience, having worked at leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills in London and Tokyo for over 11 years.

Chris has a wealth of experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, IPOs, bond offers, secondary offers and takeovers. His recent work highlights include advising SkyCity, Synlait, Asset Plus, Contact Energy, Investore and Stride Property Group on their capital raisings, Napier Port on its $234 million IPO and NZX listing, AIA International on its acquisition of the Sovereign life insurance businesses, Super Retail Group on its NZ$144 million acquisition of Macpac, Bapcor on its NZ$350 million takeover of Hellaby Holdings, and SkyCity, Synlait and Investore Property on their bond offers.

Work highlights

M&A transactions

Air New Zealand recapitalisation including rights offer
Advising Air New Zealand on its comprehensive $2.2 billion recapitalisation package to help position the airline for recovery, including its $1.2 billion pro rata renounceable rights offer.

AIA acquisition
Advised AIA on the acquisition of the Sovereign life insurance businesses. AIA acquired the Australian and New Zealand life insurance businesses from CBA for AU$3.8 billion.

Hellaby Holdings takeover
Advised Bapcor on its NZ$350 million takeover of Hellaby Holdings and on its subsequent sales of its footwear, tyres and contract resources divisions.