Mark Forman

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Mark is a corporate and commercial lawyer with broad corporate experience in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, forestry transactions, commercial contract advice, NZX listing rules/takeovers code advice, corporate governance advice, shareholder agreements and employee shareholding arrangements. Mark also advises on Overseas Investment Office consent applications.

Mark has advised on numerous high profile New Zealand transactions in recent years, including the largest forestry transaction in New Zealand in a number of years, and the MediaWorks – NBCUniversal joint venture, which won Consumer, Media and Tech Deal of the Year at the 2017 NZ Law Awards. Having advised on large merger and acquisition transactions for international financial institutions, in New Zealand, Europe and the United States, he is familiar with global trends.

Mark has particular experience advising clients in the media/technology, forestry, financial services and aged care/health sectors. Clients include MediaWorks, Campbell Global, Hastings Funds Management, Metlifecare, Southern Cross Hospitals and Bupa Group.

Professional background

Recent work

Advising MediaWorks on JV with NBCUniversal

Mark recently advised MediaWorks in connection with its joint venture with NBCUniversal in relation to the Bravo channel, which replaced Channel Four in New Zealand. This transaction was awarded Consumer, Media and Tech Deal of the Year at the 2017 NZ Law Awards.

Advising Panasonic on acquisition

Mark advised Panasonic Corporation on the New Zealand aspects of its US$1.5 billion acquisition of Hussmann Corporation, a leading Missouri-based manufacturer of refrigerated display cases and systems, with global operations including a manufacturing plant in New Zealand.

Private Equity transactions

Mark advised Pencarrow Private Equity on the sale of the Rishworth Aviation business, Anchorage Capital on the sale of the New Zealand Burger King business to The Blackstone Group, and Next Capital owned Hirepool, on its acquisition of Hirequip.

Forestry transactions

Mark recently advised One Forty One Plantations on its agreement to acquire Nelson Forests Limited from Global Forest Partners.  Mark also advised Hastings Funds Management in relation to the disposal of its interests in Tiaki Plantations, and advises the world’s second largest forest investment manager, Campbell Global in relation to New Zealand matters.

Admitted

  • 2001, New Zealand
  • 2005, England and Wales

Qualifications

  • LLB University of Canterbury
  • BCom University of Canterbury

Specialisations

  • Capital Raising
  • Employee Share Schemes
  • Forestry
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Overseas Investment
  • Private Equity
  • Shareholder Agreements

Awards

  • Ranked as a Notable Practitioner in Corporate and M&A, IFLR1000
  • Ranked as "Up & Coming" in Corporate and Commercial by Chambers Asia Pacific and Global