Mergers and acquisitions

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M&A deals can be challenging and complex. We’ll help you navigate your transaction and maximise the opportunity.

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We are not afraid of a challenge or to innovate in the pursuit of our clients’ goals. 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 both The Legal 500 and Chambers Asia-Pacific 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 advises on:

  • Public and private M&A
  • Private equity deals
  • Takeovers
  • Schemes of arrangement
  • Joint ventures
  • Sales of shares and assets
  • Merger clearances
  • Foreign Investment, including managing Overseas Investment Office (OIO) applications
  • Transitional services agreements

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


Recent highlights
Acquisition by Macquarie Group of AMP Capital Global Equity & Fixed Income Business

Advising Macquarie Group on the New Zealand aspects of its acquisition of AMP Capital’s Global Equities and Fixed Income business. 

Complex sale of superannuation business

Advising Aon on the sale of its superannuation business in New Zealand (comprising its KiwiSaver scheme and Master Trust businesses) to Fisher Funds. We provided continued advice and support to Aon throughout this complex transaction comprising the sale of certain business assets as well as shares in two of Aon’s group companies. It resulted in over 21,000 Aon KiwiSaver and Master Trust members (and approximately $1 billion of funds under management) transferring to Fisher Funds.

Sale of LIC Automation

Advising NZX listed cooperative, Livestock Improvement Corporation, on the divestment of its automation business to MSD Animal Health, including several ancillary transitional and long-term agreements.

Sale of MMC to Apex

Advising Pencarrow Private Equity and the other shareholders of MMC on the sale of that business to Apex (having also advised the founders of MMC in respect of Pencarrow’s initial investment and MMC on its acquisition of Aegis from ASB).

Multi-Color Corporation 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.