Corporate, mergers and acquisitions

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Our experts are renowned for their seamless and integrated approach to getting the deal done. We’ll help you navigate your transaction and maximise the opportunity.

Our Corporate team is one of New Zealand’s largest. Our great bench strength ensures you have the expertise you need when you need it. We are recognised as leaders in our field. 

We’ll give you tailored and pragmatic advice, along with innovative and commercial solutions, whether you’re working on a strategic transaction or a day-to-day business matter.

Ranked Band 1 by top legal directories The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia-Pacific, our Corporate and team offers expert guidance on:

  • Public and private mergers and acquisitions
  • Equity capital markets (including IPOs)
  • Private Equity
  • Capital raisings
  • Consolidation and roll ups
  • Corporate governance
  • Foreign investment, including Overseas Investment Office (OIO) approvals
  • Joint ventures
  • Securities and investments
  • Regulatory matters

Our experience spans many industry sectors, including technology, food and beverage, manufacturing, agriculture and forestry, retail, financial services, transport and logistics, health and aged care, and education. We are sought after for commentary on issues including improving New Zealand’s capital markets and predicting trends in M&A activity.

Read our latest M&A Forecast.

Their service is top class. They're very commercial and insightful – I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a top law firm. Chambers Asia-Pacific 2023


Mergers and acquisitions

Our Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) team partners with our clients to successfully achieve their goals. 

Regarded as a market leading M&A team, we are ranked Band 1 in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Asia-Pacific and IFLR 1000 legal directories. Most of the team’s partners are also ranked as leading individuals.

We work with major international corporations, private equity, owners, local trade buyers, listed companies, and financiers, providing advice in relation to all aspects of the transactions that our clients undertake. 

No transaction is too big or too small for us. With depth of experience at all levels of our team, we have advised on some of the most complex transactions in the market but can efficiently and effectively resource simpler transactions as well. We will work with you to determine ‘what matters’ in each transaction so you get the best advice, irrespective of the size of the deal.

Our team regularly advises on:

  • Both public and private M&A
  • Private equity deals
  • Takeovers
  • Schemes of arrangement
  • Joint ventures
  • Merger clearances 
  • Foreign Investment, including managing Overseas Investment Office (OIO) applications
  • Transitional services agreements.
Recent highlights
Treasury buy back of Kiwibank

Advising Te Tai Ōhanga | The Treasury on the buy back of the shares in Kiwi Group Holdings Limited, Kiwibank’s parent company, from New Zealand Post, the NZ Superannuation Fund and ACC. 

Sale of Ritchies Transport to KKR

Advising AJR Investments and Beverley Hill Investments as shareholders of Ritchies Transport Holdings Limited and Coachline Properties Limited on the sale of 100% of the shares in Ritchies Transport Holdings Limited and Coachline Properties Limited to Rome NZ Bidco Limited, a subsidiary of global investment entity, KKR.

Dai-ichi acquisition of Partners Life

Advising Dai-ichi on its agreement to purchase Life Partners with a deal value of NZD1 billion.

Sale of Healthscope's New Zealand pathology business

Advising Brookfield and Healthscope on the sale of Healthscope's New Zealand $550m plus pathology business, Asia Pacific Healthcare Group, to New Zealand Superannuation Fund and the Canadian Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

Multi-Color acquisition of Hexagon

Advising Multi-Color Corporation, a global label solutions company backed by Platinum Equity Partners, on its acquisition of Hexagon Holdings Limited, a holding company for independent New Zealand and Australian label manufacturing businesses.

Oriens Capital investment into PBG Group

Advising Oriens Capital on its investment into PMG Group Ltd.


The Corporate M&A practice at MinterEllisonRuddWatts is very plugged into the market and able to give insights and trends which are very useful commercially. They knit together relationships – a unique skill. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022


Being part of the MinterEllison Legal Group means we are trusted advisers on numerous international transactions, and we are well placed to manage simultaneous work streams across multiple firms and jurisdictions.

So, when you need a pragmatic approach or would like to explore an idea, talk to us.

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