Gabrielle advises clients on a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and equity capital market transactions. Gabrielle also has experience in providing corporate governance and structuring advice. Gabrielle has a solutions-focused approach and develops close working relationships with clients to facilitate successful deals.
Gabrielle has considerable experience working with both corporate clients and financial sponsors across a broad range of sectors in New Zealand and overseas. Gabrielle returned to Bell Gully following four years at leading London firm Linklaters where she advised on a number of complex and high-profile corporate transactions. UK work highlights include advising National Grid on its £14 billion divestment of its UK gas distribution business, the largest ever UK energy and infrastructure deal.
Gabrielle was named a rising star in NZ Lawyer's 2022 and 2023 lists.
She’s also recognised in the Corporate Rising Star category in the Women in Business Law Awards APAC 2023 shortlist.
BGH Capital and Sixth Street proposed acquisition of Pushpay
Advising the consortium of BGH Capital and Sixth Street on their proposed NZ$1.5 billion acquisition of NZX and ASX-listed Pushpay Holdings Limited by way of scheme of arrangement.
Ampol’s acquisition of Z Energy and sale of Gull
Advising Ampol on its $1.7 billion acquisition of Z Energy by way of court approved scheme of arrangement together with its divestment of its Gull business to Allegro. This involved both a complex Overseas Investment Act approval, together with obtaining a Commerce Commission clearance, which was supported by a divestment undertaking in relation to Ampol’s Gull business.
Westpac Life acquisition by Fidelity Life
Advising Fidelity Life on its acquisition of Westpac Group's New Zealand life insurance business for NZ$400 million, associated equity funding arrangements and 15 year strategic alliance with Westpac New Zealand.
Lightspeed Commerce acquisition of Vend
Advising Lightspeed Commerce, a NYSE- and TSX-listed leading provider of cloud-based, omnichannel commerce platforms on its proposed acquisition of Vend, an Auckland headquartered cloud-based retail management software company, for US$350 million.
National Grid divestment
Advised National Grid on the divestment of its £14 billion UK gas distribution business, Cadent, to a Macquarie-led consortium.
Schneider Electric reverse takeover
Advised Schneider Electric on its £3 billion reverse takeover of software group AVEVA group.
Advised BlackRock on its partnership with Spanish utilities company, Naturgy, and acquisition of a 49% stake in Medgaz (which owns and operates the submarine gas pipeline between Spain and Algeria) from Mubadala.
IFM Investors disposal
IFM Investors on the disposal of its stake in 50 Hertz Transmission, the German electricity transmission business.
Sunsuper and NSW Treasury Corporation joint acquisition
Advised Sunsuper and NSW Treasury Corporation on their joint acquisition of a strategic stake in both Bristol and Birmingham International Airports from Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board.
Biffa plc IPO and premium listing
Advised Biffa plc on its £450 million initial public offering and premium listing on the London Stock Exchange.
Morgan Stanley as sponsor and joint underwriter
Advised Morgan Stanley as sponsor and joint underwriter in relation to a £600 million equity financing by Marks and Spencer Group plc.