Garth Sinclair

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Phone:+64 9 970 4414

Mobile:+64 275 816 311


LLB, University of Otago
BCom (Accounting and Finance Major), University of Otago


1987 (New Zealand)
2011 (Australia, New South Wales)
2011 (Registered Foreign Lawyer, Singapore)

Garth is a highly regarded corporate and projects lawyer with a broad range of experience spanning over 25 years in New Zealand and London.

Garth acts for a wide range of clients, including multinational and domestic companies (both listed and privately owned), Government owned entities, financial sponsors, energy companies and infrastructure companies. In addition to New Zealand based projects, Garth has worked on projects in Australia, Europe, Asia and America.

Garth has a reputation for astute legal and business judgement, for operating as an integral part of the client’s team and for working in a pragmatic way to assist clients to achieve their business outcomes.

He has wide professional networks within the legal profession and business intermediaries including investment banks, transaction services providers and other financial advisers.

Garth’s broad corporate experience includes advising clients on major acquisitions and dispositions (including contested, bilateral and in a listed takeover context), joint venture arrangements and other forms of investment (including both domestic and offshore investment), new capital issues and capital structure requirements, corporate re-structuring, other major commercial transactions and contracts, stock exchange listing requirements, and shareholder and governance arrangements.

Garth also advises leading energy and utility companies and construction firms on the full range of infrastructure projects. His experience includes advising on consortium formation and shareholder arrangements, competitive tenders, preparation and negotiation of project documents and procurement and outsourcing programmes. Garth has been involved in projects that range from the construction of high voltage electricity transmission tunnels and electrical and fibre optic systems to the procurement of thermal, geothermal and wind generation plants, the establishment of oil and gas fields and the construction of water and wastewater assets.

Garth’s experience includes advising:

  • Pacific Equity Partners and Patties Foods in relation to the acquisition of frozen food manufacturer Leader Products;
  • IAG New Zealand on the New Zealand component of Insurance Australia Group’s purchase of Wesfarmers’ underwriting businesses for A$1.845 billion;
  • Harvard Management Company, Inc. on the sale of a 31.25% interest in the Kaingaroa Forest for media-estimated $700 million;
  • Ironbridge Capital and management shareholders on the $501 million disposal of Enviro Waste Services to Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings;
  • SKYCITY Entertainment Group on the $402m Crown deal for the New Zealand International Convention Centre;
  • SKYCITY Entertainment Group on its construction contracts with Fletcher Construction in relation to the New Zealand International Convention Centre and the 5-star, 300 room Hobson Street Hotel (a combined contract value of $477 million);
  • Mediaworks’ Board of Directors in relation to its restructure and receivership (circa $700m debt);
  • IAG New Zealand on its successful bid to acquire certain assets and liabilities of AMI Insurance for $380 million;
  • Contrucciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A. on its successful $640 million bid to supply and maintain 57 new electric trains for the city of Auckland over a 12 year period;
  • Goldman Sachs in relation to a $500m equity issue for Fletcher Building;
    SKYCITY on a $200m equity placement with international investors;
  • Fonterra on the $1.1 billion restructuring of its consumer dairy business in New Zealand with New Zealand Dairy Foods Limited;
  • Goldman Sachs Australia and private equity funds managed by Goldman Sachs in relation to the $216 million three-way merger of Vision Senior Living, Metlifecare and Private Life Care Holdings;
  • Royston Hospital Trust Board in its joint venture with Medusa Limited for the $52 million partial takeover offer for 50.01% of shares in Acurity Health Group;
  • Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation on the $142 million acquisition of a 35% interest in Datacom Group from New Zealand Post
  • Fisher Trust on the $112 million sale of its interests in Highbrook Business Park to Goodman Property Trust
  • Ironbridge Capital on its $365 million acquisition of Enviro Waste Services from Fulton Hogan and advising Enviro Waste on the disposal of certain businesses to TPI and subsequent “bolt-on” acquisitions
  • SKYCITY on the $80 million sale of its 50% interest in Christchurch Casino to Skyline Enterprises and the contemporaneous acquisition of Skyline’s 40% interest in Queenstown Casino

Garth has been recommended in a number of leading publications including IFLR 1000 (Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets), ALB Roaring 40 (Corporate Lawyer), The International Who’s Who (Mergers & Acquisitions) and PLC Which Lawyer? He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Before joining Webb Henderson in 2011, Garth was a senior partner and former Board Chairman at a major New Zealand law firm, leading that firm’s National Corporate Advisory Group and Infrastructure Group.