Health and aged care

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The retirement village, aged care and broader health industries are under constant pressure to adapt and expand. We help ease the growing pains.

We share your passion for the aged care and health industries.  We see the need and potential for growth and change in these sectors and are actively embracing this alongside our clients.  

Our dedicated aged care and health industry specialists are experienced in various disciplines and work together across practice groups to deliver commercial, practical, and cost-effective advice and solutions.  

Our team has partnered with key players in these sectors for more than 30 years. Our clients include Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand (formerly DHBs), retirement villages, aged care facilities, private health providers, medical suppliers, health professionals, IT providers, medical assurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, tertiary institutions, and research organisations. We advise on emerging industry trends, drivers for government policy and industry regulation, as well as day-to-day issues that aged care and health organisations face.

We have been at the forefront of the major deals in the aged care and health sectors in recent years too.

Retirement villages and aged care

With experience acting for all stakeholders in the retirement village and aged care sectors (including operators, banks, statutory supervisors and more), our advice will always reflect our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that come with operating in these sectors.

We have a deep understanding of retirement village legislation and its overlay on all corporate and other transactions, and of the issues which regularly arise within villages and care facilities.  

Our experts across the firm support retirement village and aged care operators at every stage of their journey, including:

  • Greenfield development 
  • Registration and compliance
  • Funding at any stage
  • Acquisitions and exits 
  • Employment matters, including bargaining with unions
  • IT procurement and implementation
  • Litigation and dispute resolution.

Our multi-disciplinary team has extensive experience delivering successful outcomes for healthcare clients. We have advised on a string of significant healthcare deals in recent years and helped both public and private healthcare providers with matters ranging from procurement to people.   

With major public healthcare reforms and constant pressure on resources, you need trusted advisers who understand your sector. Talk to us about how we can help you to achieve your goals.  

Our healthcare specific expertise includes:

  • Regulation and compliance
  • Employment matters
  • Construction projects
  • Property and real estate transactions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Financing
  • IT procurement and implementation
  • Privacy, data protection and cyber-security
  • Intellectual property, marketing, and consumer advice
  • Litigation and dispute resolution, including coronial inquests.
Recent highlights
Aged care
Ongoing advice to Metlifecare

Advising on retirement village law and compliance matters, including the amalgamation of its village entities in 2021, and the acquisition of The Selwyn Foundation’s portfolio of retirement villages in 2022.

Acting for and providing strategic advice to Metlifecare on one of New Zealand’s most significant product liability proceedings, and in respect of their own going construction projects and developments.

Advising on High Court litigation issues.

The ‘foundation’ project – a flagship development for Generus Living Group 

Advising Generus Living Group regarding their retirement village developments in Auckland and Tauranga, with combined value of over $500 million, including the recently launched and commenced ‘Foundation’ premium development in Auckland.


Advising the Bupa entities on numerous sales including the divestment of a portfolio of care homes and retirement villages, their medical alarm and dental businesses.

Retirement and aged care cevelopments 

Advising major aged care and retirement village developers in the planning, procurement and delivery of some of the largest retirement villages across New Zealand, including for Metlifecare, Bupa, and Hopper Developments.

$550 million plus sale of Healthscope’s NZ pathology business

Advising Brookfield and Healthscope New Zealand on the sale of their $550 million plus pathology business, Asia Pacific Healthcare Group, to New Zealand Superannuation Fund and the Canadian Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, each taking a 50% share in one of the most significant transactions of 2020.

Advising Southern Cross Healthcare on real estate matters, and their acquisition, joint ventures and partnerships of medical facilities throughout New Zealand.

Employment advice in the healthcare sector

Acting for Healthcare of New Zealand Holdings Limited in the pay equity/equal pay litigation brought by mental health and addiction treatment support workers against a number of employers in this sector.

Major Works Contracts for hospitals

Acting for both Te Whatu Ora - Te Toka Tumai Auckland (formerly Auckland DHB) and Te Whatu Ora - Taranaki (formerly Taranaki DHB) on their respective core development programmes – ‘FIRP’ and ‘Maunga Stage 2’ respectively. This included leading a cross regional group in developing a new format ‘Major Works Contract’ aimed at addressing market issues in construction and in construction contracts. Also advised on procurement and project implementation strategies to progress the programmes through COVID and an industry peak cycle.