Graeme is a highly experienced corporate partner. He provides strategic advice to both listed and private clients and has expertise in corporate governance matters; mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; private equity and other investment transactions; foreign investment; and a wide range of contractual arrangements.
Graeme is often engaged to provide specialist advice to clients and/or Boards. He is also retained to act as “deal counsel” on specific transactions (alongside, and sometimes with, the client’s other advisers).
Graeme is ranked as a leading lawyer in his specialty areas by Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, the Asia Pacific Legal 500, Asia Law Leading Lawyers, and Best Lawyers. He is the recipient of awards including ALB Dealmaker of the Year, and ILO New Zealand Corporate Lawyer of the Year. A number of the transactions he has handled have been recognized with their own awards.
Recent matters that Graeme has handled include the following:
- Corporate governance reviews and advice for confidential clients (both listed and non-listed), including benchmarking against best practice internationally;
- Restructuring/re-organisation advice to a leading investment fund in relation to a substantial investment (value in excess of $1 billion);
- Takeover advice; mergers and acquisitions; and joint ventures, for clients in the technology, insurance, health, and tourism sectors;
- Both completed and proposed acquisitions by private equity investors in relation to businesses in the contact centre, telecommunications, oil and gas, and technology sectors;
- Planned capital raisings by both listed and unlisted clients; and
- Strategic and regulatory advice to clients in the pharma, energy, and insurance sectors.
Other significant matters that Graeme has acted on include:
- Genesis Energy’s $168m acquisition (from New Zealand Oil and Gas) of a further interest in the Kupe Oil and Gas field;
- Fonterra Co-operative Group on its Governance and Representation Review, including special meetings of shareholders and resulting constitutional / structure changes;
- Primavera Capital Group and Shanghai Pharma on their A$310m consortium acquisition (via a scheme of arrangement) of Vitaco Holdings;
- CDH Fund V on its acquisition of an 80% interest in The Better Health Company (otherwise known as “Go Healthy”), a substantial New Zealand manufacturer and distributor of natural extracts and dietary supplements;
- Aramex on its $125m acquisition of Fastway Couriers;
- Equity Partners Infrastructure on its recapitalisation, divestment (to Universities Superannuation Scheme) of Moto International, and subsequent share buy-back and wind down;
- Fonterra Co-operative Group on its $755m acquisition of a 20% stake in Beingmate Baby & Child Food Co, related “Anmum” distribution and licensing arrangements;
- Pacific Equity Partners’ $700m divestment of Griffin’s Foods to Universal Robina Corporation;
- Fonterra Co-operative Group on its $342m joint venture with Abbott Laboratories to develop a hub of large scale dairy farms in China and related A$200m joint venture in relation to the Darnum nutritionals plant;
- Genesis Energy on its $735m IPO;
- Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation on their divestment (by way of IPO and subsequent sell-down transactions) of a substantial interest in Z Energy;
- Cheung Kong (CKI) on mergers & acquisitions projects in New Zealand;
- Fonterra Co-operative Group on its capital restructure (“Trading Among Farmers”), listing, IPO of the Fonterra Shareholder’s Fund, changes to legislation, regulatory approvals, and shareholder approvals;
- AIG Insurance on its New Zealand restructure and licensing under the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010;
- Macquarie Group and Oceania Healthcare in the acquisition of numerous businesses in the retirement living and aged care sector; and
- Genesis Energy on its divestment of a 50% stake in the Kupe oil and gas field to Origin Energy, contracting back long-term gas supplies, renegotiation of the joint venture operating agreement and related gas contracting arrangements.
Before joining Webb Henderson, Graeme was a senior partner in a leading New Zealand firm.