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.

  • 2degrees in relation to its $1.7bn merger with Orcon Group (telecommunications).
  • KKR’s acquisition of Education Perfect, Argenta and Natural Pet Food Group.
  • The vendors in relation to Fountainvest Partner’s acquisition of Ziwi (premium petfood).
  • ADM Capital on its capital investment into PharmaZen.
  • Waterman Capital on its acquisition, aggregation and subsequent divestment of Provincial Education Group to Busy Bees Australia.
  • The vendors in relation to Quadrant Growth Fund’s acquisition of a majority interest in Papinelle sleepwear.
  • NZX-listed Warehouse Group in relation to its investment in ZOOM Health.
  • Universal Robina Corp on its divestment of Griffin’s and Snack Brands Australasia.
  • Macquarie Group in relation to its NZ$220m acquisition of the long-term concession to operate SkyCity’s Auckland car parks.
  • Wraith Capital on the formation of the Optic Security Group, by way of multiple acquisitions, to form Australasia’s largest independent physical, IT and information security group.
  • Quadrant Private Equity in relation to its acquisitions of fitness businesses (including Jetts NZ) and confectionery businesses (including RJ’s Licorice).
  • KKR, Värde 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 (non-bank finance).