Michael Pritchard

Michael Pritchard

Partner since 2017.

Areas of expertise.

– Mergers & Acquisitions
– Commercial Services
– Capital Markets
– Private Equity & Venture Capital
– Corporate Advisory


LLB (Hons), BCom, University of Auckland


ddi: +64 9 921 6073
mob: +64 21 645 353


Michael has extensive experience across a range of corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular focus on M&A, private equity, listed company takeovers and equity capital markets.

Michael has been recognised in the corporate and M&A practice areas by the International Financial Law Review as a notable practitioner.


  • 2degrees in relation to its $1.7bn merger with Orcon Group (telecommunications).
  • The vendors in relation to Fountainvest Partner’s acquisition of Ziwi (premium petfood).
  • The shareholders of solarZero in its acquisition by BlackRock through a scheme of arrangement (solar energy).
  • The vendors in relation to Quadrant Growth Fund’s acquisition of a majority interest in Papinelle sleepwear (luxury sleep and lounge wear).
  • Calibre Partners in relation to the sale of Burger King New Zealand (quick service restaurants).
  • Major shareholders of NZX-listed Augusta Capital in relation to Centuria's NZ$170m takeover bid (property).
  • Macquarie Group in relation to its NZ$220m acquisition of the long-term concession to operate SkyCity’s Auckland car parks (transportation).
  • The senior lenders on Apax Partners’ NZ$2.6 billion takeover of Trade Me by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • The Collective Dairy in relation to its raising of capital from Pencarrow Private Equity (premium dairy products).
  • Masthead in relation to its hybrid investment in, and delisting of, NZX-listed SeaDragon (nutraceuticals).
  • Quadrant Private Equity in relation to its acquisitions of fitness businesses (including Jetts NZ) and confectionery businesses (including RJ’s Licorice).
  • Austron’s takeover, delisting and subsequent divestment of NZX-listed Acurity Health Group (private health).