Lauren is a senior lawyer with expertise in a range of corporate and commercial matters. She specialises in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity and capital markets transactions, overseas investment, complex commercial contracting, and corporate governance.
Lauren’s clients include companies based in New Zealand and overseas. Experienced across a variety of industries, Lauren has worked on numerous acquisition transactions. She manages and undertakes legal due diligence to identify risks and issues. She also drafts and negotiates share subscription agreements, asset and share sale and purchase agreements, and other transfer documents. Lauren has significant experience and expertise advising clients on the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) regime and the application process.
In the retirement village and aged care sector, Lauren has advised on a number transactions, including roll ups carried out by each of New Zealand Aged Care Services and Heritage Lifecare.
Taking a pragmatic approach to the law, Lauren enjoys finding practical and commercial solutions to complex legal issues.
Lauren is a co-author of Lexis Nexis Practical Business Law.
Advising Dai-ichi Life on the $1 billion acquisition of the Partners Life business.
Advising the shareholders of Pinnacle Corporation on the sale of 50% of the business to Qube Logistics
Advising Pan Pac Forest Products on multiple applications for overseas investment consent, including a forestry standing consent under the Overseas Investment Act, which became the first forestry standing consent granted in New Zealand.
Advising Z Energy, Todd Energy, Contact Energy and Genesis Energy on the establishment of the Forest Partners Limited Partnership – a limited liability partnership that invests in a forestry portfolio to sequester carbon.
Advising AMP Capital Investors on the purchase of a 70% stake in the Wiri Prison PPP.
Advising New Zealand Aged Care Services and Heritage Lifecare on the respective roll-ups of retirement villages and aged care facilities, including associated structuring and funding arrangements.
Advising a KiwiSaver Scheme provider on a series of investments into New Zealand businesses undertaken by its KiwiSaver funds.
Achievements and recognition
- Band 1 team, Corporate/Commercial, Chambers Asia-Pacific
- Tier 1 team, Corporate and M&A, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific