Corporate & Commercial

Mergers & Acquisitions

M & A lawyers to support seamless domestic, trans-Tasman and international deals

When you work with Hesketh Henry to put merger and acquisition plans into action, you can count on big firm expertise without the big firm price tag.

Our highly experienced M & A lawyer team includes three partners and a senior associate who have been recommended in the Legal 500 and Asialaw legal directories. We have acted on a wide range of trans-Tasman and international transactions and several of our key people have worked in the UK, Australia and Europe. We are accessible, nimble and smart.

We advise corporates, small and medium sized enterprises, private equity funds, financiers and management on the regulations and procedures for mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy outs, management buy outs and venture capital investments.

Our M & A services include pre-sale and pre-purchase due diligence, restructuring advice, drafting and negotiating business and share and purchase agreements, advising on shareholder agreements and financing on-shore arrangements, obtaining regulatory approvals including from the Overseas Investment Office, clearances and all other associated matters.

If your company is based outside of New Zealand and you are looking to invest here, please also see our Foreign Investment page for more information.

Need advice on Mergers & Acquisitions?
Contact the expert team at Hesketh Henry.

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Acting for Mataura Valley Milk Limited (MVM) in relation to the investment by China Animal Husbandry Group in a 72% shareholding in MVM which will build a $250m dairy processing plant in Gore, Southland scheduled for completion in August 2018;
  • Acting for DEKRA SE and obtaining Overseas Investment Office approval in relation to the purchase of 60% of the shares in Vehicle Testing Group Limited, the leading automotive testing service provider in New Zealand;
  • Advising a New Zealand software company on the sale of its business to a US listed company; and
  • Acting for European companies in relation to the acquisition of various businesses in New Zealand.
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Insights & Opinion / Mergers & Acquisitions

M&A Pricing Mechanics: Completion Accounts vs Locked Box
A critical period in the timeline of any M&A share transaction is the period between signing the Share Sale and Purchase Agreement and completion.
21.09.2021 Posted in Business Advice
Employment Law Considerations for Buying or Selling a Business
The people in a business often make the business, so if you are planning to buy or sell a business, it is important that you understand your employment law obligations in relation to employees.
17.02.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
M&A Update – Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
This year we have seen strong private M&A activity and the use of warranty and indemnity (“W&I”) insurance in a number of transactions. W&I insurance is a specialist insurance product ...
18.10.2019 Posted in Business Advice & Insurance
Improvements to the overseas investment regime could be on their way…
Certain features of the Overseas Investment Act 2005 (“Act“) that have caused frustration in the past could be set to change. The Act is currently in the midst of a two stage review.  The...
05.07.2019 Posted in Business Advice & Foreign Investment
Hesketh Henry Recommended in The Legal 500 Directory as a Leading Firm in 2018
Firm receives recommendations and commentary in 2018 Legal Directories
Hesketh Henry Recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 Legal Directory
Recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 Legal Directory
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