Business Sales, Purchases & Mergers expertise

Deciding whether to buy or sell a business is an exciting and significant decision. M&A transactions present a host of legal issues, for vendors and purchasers alike.  If not appropriately covered off, they can lead to un-intended and substantial financial consequences.

Every step of the M&A process, from initial negotiations through to settlement, should be considered and measured, with the help of expert legal advice.

Stace Hammond has extensive experience and expertise in M&A. We have acted on a wide range of complex sale and purchase transactions, in which we have assisted New Zealand and overseas-based clients to buy and sell businesses.

Our clients operate in varied and diverse industries and sectors, and include small and medium sized businesses, financiers, private equity funds and multi-national corporations.

Our Partners have worked in private legal practice at major law firms, and in-house at commercial enterprises, in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom.  Several of our key people have been involved in some of New Zealand’s most significant deals, involving high-profile local and international businesses.

Stace Hammond’s M&A expertise includes:

  • Confidentiality agreements and terms sheets
  • Due diligence investigations and reporting
  • Pre-sale restructuring
  • Acquisition finance and security arrangements
  • Negotiating business and share sale and purchase agreements
  • Employment matters
  • Property transfers and leases
  • Transfers of commercial contracts
  • Intellectual property
  • Restraints of trade
  • Leveraged buy-outs and management buy-outs
  • Amalgamations
  • Joint ventures
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Securities law compliance
  • Taxation issues
  • Procuring regulatory approvals (i.e. Overseas Investment Office, Commerce Commission)
  • Overseeing deal closing