Michael specialises in M&A, corporate and projects matters. He is a commercially minded partner who seamlessly integrates with client and deal teams to deliver successful project outcomes.
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Michael’s corporate and commercial practice includes mergers, acquisitions, and disposals, including through competitive processes; joint venture and limited partnership arrangements; takeovers, corporate restructurings, foreign investment in New Zealand and significant corporate advisory, and commercial contract and governance matters. Michael also has broad project experience, particularly in the energy sector.
Michael has previously been a finalist for “New Zealand Dealmaker of the Year” award at the 2018 Australasian Law Awards and “Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year” at the New Zealand Law Awards. He has been recommended by a number of directories, including Chambers and Partners and IFLR. .
Before joining Webb Henderson, Michael practised in the corporate teams of leading New Zealand and international firms, including time spent at a magic-circle firm in the Middle East.
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Some of Michael’s recent experience includes advising:
- Stevenson Group on the agreed sale of its construction materials businesses to Fulton Hogan and a trade buyer (media reported $300m)
- a Capital Group limited liability partnership on the acquisition of First Mortgage Trust (New Zealand’s largest non-bank mortgage lender)
- Genesis Energy on its acquisition of Nova Energy’s LPG business for $192m
- IPH Limited on its acquisition of AJ Park for $66m
- Pacific Equity Partners on the acquisition of Leader Products for over $100m
- on the sale of various family owned businesses for between $10m and $80m.
- a number of SME and large New Zealand businesses on various commercial contracts core to the operations of their business. Examples include Vector, Envirowaste and Sealink.
- a number of foreign individuals and entities investing into New Zealand in relation to whether foreign investment approval is required and, if so, obtaining the same
- a large New Zealand professional services firm in relation to restructuring its shareholder base, including detailed a shareholders’ agreement, an employee share scheme and relevant Financial Markets Act advice
- a New Zealand private equity fund on the structuring and establishment of the fund.
- SKYCITY on its New Zealand International Convention Centre and Hobson Street Hotel precinct (>$700m) including arrangements with the Crown and with Fletcher Construction as the contractor
- Stevenson in relation to all aspects of its significant industrial and residential subdivision in Drury, Auckland.