Mark Forman

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

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

He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, forestry transactions, overseas investment laws, corporate governance advice, shareholder agreements and employee shareholding arrangements.  Mark has particular expertise in the financial services, health and aged care, and forestry sectors.

Mark has advised on numerous high profile New Zealand transactions.  Recent examples include advising the purchaser on the acquisition of Nelson Forests Limited (the largest forestry transaction in New Zealand in a number of years), Brookfield on the NZ aspects of its scheme of arrangement to acquire Healthscope, ANZ on the sale of ANZ Securities, Bupa on the sale of a number of care homes, Next Capital on the acquisition of NZ Bus, and MediaWorks on its merger with QMS NZ. 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.

Professional background

Recent work

Advising MediaWorks on JV with NBCUniversal

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 New Zealand Law Awards.

Advising Panasonic on acquisition

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

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

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

  • BCom, LLB, 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 "Up and Coming" in Corporate and Commercial, Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global