New Zealand



asialaw Analysis

Banking and finance
Anderson Lloyd
Work highlights

Acted for New Forests Asset Management on the financing of its acquisition of HFF, one of the largest forestry estates in Gisborne, New Zealand.

Key clients

ANZ Bank New Zealand, Foodstuffs South Island, Tilt Renewables

 

Buddle Findlay
Work highlights

Acted for ANZ Bank New Zealand on the $350 million project financing of SX Next submarine fibre optic cable constructed by the Southern Cross Cables Group. The SX Next cable is a 72 terabits per second fibre optic cable that joins Australia, New Zealand and the US. This is the biggest project financing in New Zealand in 2019 by total transaction size.

Key clients

ASB Bank, Bank of China, China Construction Bank

Vince & Rice
Work highlights

Advised Centuria on the New Zealand financing aspects of its takeover of Augusta Capital, including undertaking a detailed due diligence of the target group’s financing arrangements.

Key clients

Ariadne Australia, China Construction Bank (New Zealand), Manuka Health New Zealand, Orams Group

Webb Henderson
Work highlights

Acted for ANZ Bank New Zealand on the stage three financing of Northbridge Lifecare Trust.

Key clients

9 Spokes

Competition/antitrust
Buddle Findlay
Work highlights

Advising global payments service provider Verifone on the competition law aspects of its proposed acquisition of the New Zealand business of Smartpay. Verifone and SmartPay are two of the largest providers of payment terminals in New Zealand.

Key clients

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Payments NZ, Toyota New Zealand

Wilson Harle
Work highlights

Acting for Wilson Parking in the commerce commission’s proceedings regarding a non-notified acquisition of a carpark building lease in Wellington.

Construction
Anderson Lloyd
Work highlights

Advising Tilt Renewables as lead project counsel on its development of Waipipi Wind Farm (WWF), Tilt’s first New Zealand project since it demerged from Trustpower in 2016. WWF is a 133MW renewable energy project located in South Taranaki, which will be owned and operated by Tilt Renewables.

Key clients

Christchurch City Council, Precinct Properties, Ravenswood Retail, Waimea Water

Buddle Findlay
Work highlights

Acted for Auckland Transport and Auckland Council on the construction of City Rail Link (CRL) project. This is New Zealand's largest infrastructure project by value and the first underground railway project in New Zealand. 

Key clients

Landcorp Farming, Massey University, Northland District Health Board

Hesketh Henry
Work highlights

Acted for Kahawai Point Development, the owner and development company of Kahawai Point, on its land acquisition and development, property sales, and construction contracts.

Key clients

McConnell Dowell Constructors, Plus Construction, Vero Insurance New Zealand

Corporate and M&A
Anderson Lloyd
Work highlights

Acted for Silverfin Capital on the purchase of Caniwi Inghams Enterprises Waikato Properties. This was one of the largest agricultural transactions in 2019.

Key clients

NZ Retail Property

Buddle Findlay
Work highlights

Acted for a consortium comprising Infratil and Brookfield Asset Management on its acquisition of Vodafone New Zealand. This was the largest M&A deal in New Zealand in 15 years.

Key clients

DKSH Australia, Kinetic, Sky Television

Tompkins Wake
Work highlights

Advised BLIF on its sale of Edenz Colleges tertiary education business to Australian group, Australian Technical and Management Colleges. The firm was involved in all aspects of the negotiations and drafting of the transaction documentation.

Key clients

Danaher Corporation, Zambion Corporation, Zip Co

Webb Henderson
Work highlights

Acted for SilverTree Equity and Pioneer Capital on the acquisition of shares in Agility CIS, a leading provider of utility customer information and billing systems software headquartered in New Zealand.

Key clients

AMA Group, BSI Group Assurance, New Zealand Frost Fans

Dispute resolution
Buddle Findlay
Work highlights

Acting for Southern Response Earthquake Services in defending a large class action initiated by former customers over a settlement of their earthquake insurance claim.

Key clients

New Zealand Industrial Park, New Zealand Steel, Zespri Group

Gilbert Walker
Work highlights

Acted for former directors of Feltex in shareholder class actions brought on behalf of more than 3600 shareholder claimants arising from Feltex’s IPO in 2004.

Acted for Forest & Bird in successful appeals against a decision made by the Environmental Protection Authority to grant consent to a mining operation off the Taranaki coast.

Key clients

ANZ Bank, Jones Lang Lasalle, Spaceworks, Tower Insurance

Hesketh Henry
Work highlights

Representing Vero Insurance New Zealand and AA Insurance in various proceedings before the high court in relation to claims arising out of the Canterbury earthquakes.

K3 Legal
Work highlights

Acting for one of two partners in a long running partnership dispute dating back to 1991 between two international businessmen concerning a fortune amassed from international steel trading and investment.

Acting for a group of shareholders involved in a shareholder dispute with other shareholders regarding the ownership structures of a large hotel chain.

Key clients

New Zealand New Oak Property, Thai Herrick, Vasundhara Enterprises

Tompkins Wake
Work highlights

Represented two directors of an independent dairy industry processor in defending a substantial high court claim initiated by former potential investors over breach of a joint venture agreement.

Key clients

Hamilton City Council

Wilson Harle
Work highlights

Acting for New Zealand Retail Property Group in a commercial dispute against Auckland Council and Auckland Transport over the design and construction of a new town centre in West Auckland.

Key clients

Auckland District Health Board, Keyland Investments, Napier City Council

General business law
Harmos Horton Lusk

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Simpson Grierson

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Intellectual property
Baldwins Intellectual Property

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Buddle Findlay
Work highlights

Acting for Manuka Honey Appellation Society on the IP protection of the term ‘Manuka Honey’.

Labour and employment
Buddle Findlay
Work highlights

Advised a number of clients on the workplace implications of Covid-19, particularly in light of New Zealand's recent declaration of a national state of emergency and the move to alert level 4, which prompted border closures, a nationwide lockdown and the closure of all non-essential businesses.

Hesketh Henry

Advised Metropolitan Glass & Glazing, one of New Zealand's leading glass suppliers, on a range of employment and compliance matters.

Key clients

Corrections Association of New Zealand, Restaurant Association of New Zealand, Suncorp NZ Employees

LangtonHudsonButcher
Work highlights

Representing Restaurant Brands in legal proceedings concerning employee statutory minimum entitlements brought by the labour inspector from the Employment Relations Authority. This case was earmarked in 2019 as a case of interest by the employment court.

Representing GEA Process Engineering in long running proceedings at the Employment Relations Authority against a former employee for breaching his employment duties.

Key clients

Freightways, Godfrey Hirst NZ, Plan B, Vector

Private equity
Buddle Findlay
Work highlights

Advised Mobi2Go on all aspects of its series A funding round. This transaction involved venture capital fund, Movac, investing in Mobi2Go to provide capital to fund its growth.

Key clients

IMAGR Holdings, Rangatira

Regulatory
Buddle Findlay
Work highlights

Advising Electricity Authority on regulatory matters in relation to its proposal to introduce a default distributor agreement.

Key clients

Energy Fiji, Ministry for Primary Industries, Tertiary Education Commission

Restructuring and insolvency
Buddle Findlay
Work highlights

Advised EastPack, New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit post-harvest operator, on its capital restructuring.

Key clients

Bank of New Zealand, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, PricewaterhouseCoopers

K3 Legal
Work highlights

Acting for the replacement administrator for a company placed into voluntary administration.

Advising a client as a secured lender to Arrow International, a large construction company that was placed in voluntary liquidation.

Key clients

Vasundhara Enterprises

Norling Law
Work highlights

Advised 90 Nine on liquidation laws in New Zealand.

Vince & Rice
Work highlights

Advised Freshmax Global on substantial restructuring to traditional bank covenant structures.

Key clients

Green & McCahill Holdings, Icon Property Group

Webb Henderson
Work highlights

Advised GR Media Holdings on the capital restructuring of MediaWorks.

Key clients

Pacific Dawn, Pepkor, Stevenson Group