Mark Forman

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Mark is a corporate lawyer with top tier experience in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, forestry transactions, overseas investment laws, corporate governance advice, shareholder agreements and employee shareholding arrangements.

Mark is particularly sought after by large local and international corporates, across multiple sectors, for his expertise in complex transactions, and in particular, is renowned for his expertise in transactions in the forestry, health/aged care, forestry, transport, media and financial services sectors. Mark is regarded by many of New Zealand’s leading investment bankers as their go-to lawyer for large transactions.

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Professional background

Recent work

Advised Ngai Tahi and Tainui on the sale of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned bus operator, Go-Bus, to the Kinetic Group, owned by Canadian based OP Trust.

Advised Next Capital, on its $170 million plus acquisition of the NZ Bus group from Infratil.

Advised MediaWorks (and its shareholder Oaktree Capital Management) on the merger of MediaWorks with QMS, to form a $300 million plus multi-platform media business. The transaction included a ground-breaking merger structure. Mark is a trusted advisor to MediaWorks, advising on all aspects of its business, including on the high-profile sale process for MediaWorks TV, New Zealand’s only privately owned major free to air television network.

Advised MediaWorks in connection with its joint venture with NBCUniversal in relation to the Bravo channel, which replaced Channel Four in New Zealand. This transaction was awarded Consumer, Media and Tech Deal of the Year at the 2017 New Zealand Law Awards.

Advised Brookfield Asset Management on the New Zealand aspects of its AU$5.7 billion acquisition of Healthscope. Brookfield are one of the world’s largest asset managers, and Mark is a trusted advisor to Brookfield in connection with its New Zealand transactions.

Advised Bupa in connection with the sale of a portfolio of its retirement villages and aged care facilities in New Zealand.

Advised Metlifecare in connection with retirement village sales, as well as its employee share scheme arrangements.

Advised ANZ on the sale of its online share trading platform ANZ Securities to Jardin (then First NZ Capital). The transaction was an extremely complex separation.

Advised Resource Management Services on the sale of its New Zealand forestry estate to China Forestry Group, and its contracting arrangements with the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Advised OneFortyOne Plantations on its $1.2 billion acquisition of Nelson Forests Limited, the largest NZ standalone transaction in 2018 (the deal being a finalist for NZ Deal of the Year at the New Zealand law awards), as well as its subsequent acquisition of Manuka Island forests.

Advised Hastings Funds Management in relation to the disposal of its interests in Tiaki Plantations.

Advised Jucy Group on the sale of a 50% interest in Jucy Snooze to Event Group, and on a number of other strategic matters for the Jucy Group.

Advised Panasonic Corporation on the New Zealand aspects of its US$1.5 billion acquisition of Hussmann Corporation, a leading Missouri-based manufacturer of refrigerated display cases and systems, with global operations including a manufacturing plant in New Zealand.

Advised Next Capital and Hirepool in relation to a number of transactions including the acquisition of Hirequip, its investment from Bain Capital and several other acquisitions.

Admitted

  • 2001, New Zealand
  • 2005, England and Wales

Qualifications

  • BCom, LLB, University of Canterbury

Affiliations

  • Board Member, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Specialisations

  • Capital Raising
  • Employee Share Schemes
  • Forestry
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Overseas Investment
  • Private Equity
  • Shareholder Agreements

Awards

  • Excellence award – New Zealand Dealmaker of the Year, Australasian Law Awards 2020
  • Ranked as an 'Up and Coming' lawyer – Corporate/Commercial, Chambers Asia-Pacific & Global
  • Ranked as a Notable Practitioner – M&A, Private Equity and Real Estate Acquisitions, IFLR1000