David McPherson

Consultant Auckland

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David acts for domestic and offshore lenders and borrowers on all aspects of financing transactions.

David has acted on a range of acquisition financings, including the acquisition of TradeMe by Apax Capital, the acquisition of Ritchies Transport by KKR, the acquisition of MediaWorks by Ironbridge Capital, the acquisition of Tegel and Griffins by Pacific Equity Partners, and the acquisition of Burger King New Zealand by Blackstone Group. He also acted for Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on the funding of its partial takeover offer for, and proposed amalgamation with, Auckland International Airport.

Work highlights

Air New Zealand fixed-rate bonds and aircraft financing
Advised Air New Zealand on a successful offer of NZ$150 million of fixed-rate bonds.

Advised Air New Zealand on the financing of numerous aircraft, including via finance and operating leases and pursuant to debt facilities. These financings have utilised Japanese, domestic and Ex-Im Bank funding structures.

Blackstone acquisition of Burger King in New Zealand
Advised Blackstone Group on the New Zealand financing arrangements for its acquisition of the Antares Restaurant Group from Anchorage Capital Partners. Antares had exclusive franchise rights for the Burger King brand of restaurants in New Zealand, and operated approximately 75 Burger King restaurants throughout the country.