Mergers & Acquisitions.

Executing domestic and cross-border transactions.

Mergers & Acquisitions.

Mayne Wetherell acts for a wide range of domestic and international clients on the most significant public and private M&A transactions in New Zealand. We advise on the full range of M&A activity, including listed company takeovers (refer to Capital Markets), competitive, cross-border and offshore transactions, distressed assets, industry consolidations (including antitrust issues) and major divestments.

Our lawyers are experienced across a range of sectors, including food and beverage, TMT, property, infrastructure, primary industry, private equity, financial services and healthcare. Our acquisition and leveraged finance team complements this practice area.

Our M&A team are experts in structuring and executing foreign direct investment into New Zealand, including advising on all aspects of New Zealand’s foreign investment consenting regime (the Overseas Investment Act).

Recent Transactions.

  • KKR, Varde Partners and Deutsche Bank on its acquisition of GE Capital’s A$8bn consumer finance business, and Bain Capital and Deutsche Bank on the acquisition of GE Capital’s commercial finance portfolio.
  • ASX listed FlexiGroup on its NZ$900m acquisition of Fisher & Paykel Finance and $115m acquisition of Telecom Rentals.
  • Quadrant on its acquisition of Jetts NZ (New Zealand’s largest fitness group).
  • PSE listed Universal Robina Corporation on its NZ$700m acquisition of Griffin’s Foods from Pacific Equity Partners and its A$600m acquisition of Snack Brands Australia.
  • Yealands Wine Group in relation to the sale of that business to Marlborough Lines.
  • Lempriere Australia in relation to the merger and partial divestment of its wool scour assets with Cavalier.