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

NZD550 million plus sale of Healthscope’s NZ pathology business

Advising Healthscope New Zealand with the sale of their NZD550 million plus pathology business, Asia Pacific Healthcare Group, to New Zealand Superannuation Fund and the Canadian Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, each taking a 50% share in one of the most significant transactions of 2020.

Sale of MediaWorks TV to Discovery Inc

Advising MediaWorks on the sale of MediaWorks TV Limited (operator of THREE, New Zealand’s only major privately owned free to air TV Channel) to Discovery Inc.

Acquisition of Timely

Advising US based service commerce platform EverCommerce on its acquisition of New Zealand booking software developer Timely for NZD140 million.

Sale of the Whakatāne Mill

Advised SIG Combibloc on the sale of Whakatāne Mill to a consortium of investors. The sale followed earlier announcements about the potential closure of the mill, which threated hundreds of jobs in the Whakatāne region.

Restructuring of tourism business

Advising JUCY Group on its post-Covid restructure, resulting in the pre-pack receivership sale of the business and assets of JUCY Group to Polar Capital – the most significant tourism business restructured as a result of Covid.

Market first transaction in New Zealand

Sale of Westpac New Zealand on the sale of its high net worth financial advisory business to Forsyth Barr, and the ongoing relationship between Westpac and Forsyth Barr – this complex transaction was a market first in New Zealand.

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 a leading Corporate/Commercial lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific & Global
  • Ranked as a Notable Practitioner – M&A, Private Equity and Real Estate Acquisitions, IFLR1000