Mark Stuart

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Mark is a highly regarded mergers and acquisitions (M&A) lawyer with over 25 years’ experience advising corporates and private equity investors on all aspects of M&A, capital markets transactions, and commercial and business transactions.  Mark is a ‘hands on’ lawyer who is available as and when required to help clients navigate transactions in the New Zealand market.

Mark assists both local and international private equity investors with their cross-border acquisitions, and companies looking to sell their businesses to private equity investors.  He has recently acted for leading international private equity funds including Platinum Equity Partners, Allegro Private Equity, Affinity Equity Partners, Sun Capital Partners, Fidelio Capital, Certares Private Equity, and Knighthead Capital Management on acquisitions in New Zealand.

Corporates, SMEs, and start-up companies also seek Mark’s guidance on practical governance issues, director responsibilities, and strategic issues.  He regularly acts for a range of listed public companies, analysing and reporting on key corporate governance matters relevant to the board.

Top legal directories, including The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia-Pacific, rank Mark as a leading individual in corporate and commercial law.  He is praised for his commercial acumen and pragmatic approach to complex corporate issues.  He has been described by clients as a “very knowledgeable practitioner” who is “responsive, dedicated, thoughtful, proactive and smart.” – Chambers Asia Pacific 2021.  Other clients note Mark is “a great guy and a very capable lawyer” and “an astute lawyer who effectively manages the most difficult of circumstances in a calm and confident manner” – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022.

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Professional background

Recent work

Tourism Holdings Limited merger with Apollo

Advising Tourism Holdings Limited (NZX:thl) on its recent entry into a Scheme Implementation Deed to merge with Apollo Tourism and Leisure Limited (ASX:ATL) through an Australian Scheme of Arrangement.  This was the first takeover of an ASX listed company by a NZX listed company by way of a Scheme of Arrangement.

Multi-Color Corporation acquisition of Hexagon

Advising Multi-Color Corporation, a global label solutions company backed by Platinum Equity Partners, on its acquisition of Hexagon Holdings Limited, a holding company for independent New Zealand and Australian label manufacturing businesses.

Caldic B.V. acquisition of Scott Chemicals

Advising Caldic B.V., a lifestyle solutions/specialty chemicals business entity based in the Netherlands and owned by Goldman Sachs Private Equity, on its acquisition of Scott Chemicals, a leading chemical manufacturer and distributor in Australasia and Asia.

Traction on Demand Inc acquisition of Trineo

Advising Traction on Demand Inc, based in Canada, on their acquisition of the business and assets of Trineo Limited, a leading Salesforce consultancy business in New Zealand.

Allegro Private Equity acquisition of Toll NZ

Advising Allegro Private Equity on the acquisition of Toll NZ, a leading freight distribution business, and the sale of the Carpet Court NZ business.

Vimian Group AB acquisition of Kahu Veterinary

Advising Vimian Group AB, backed by Fidelio Capital in Sweden, on the acquisition of Kahu Veterinary Distributors Limited.

Scan Global Logistics acquisition of Orbis Global Logistics

Advising Scan Global Logistics, based in Denmark, on the acquisition of Orbis Global Logistics in NZ.

Advising successful Hertz auction bidders

Advising the main equity investors, Certares Opportunities and Knighthead Capital Management, who (along with other third parties) were the successful bidders in an auction bid process to take Hertz out of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, on the NZ aspects of the transaction.

Admitted

  • 1997, New Zealand

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons), BCA (Accounting), Victoria University of Wellington

Specialisations

  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance
  • Directors' Duties
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity

Awards

  • Ranked as a leading Corporate/Commercial lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2020-2022)
  • Ranked as a leading Corporate/Commercial lawyer, Chambers Global
  • Ranked as a Leading Individual – Corporate and M&A, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015-2022)
  • Recognised for Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Best Lawyers
  • Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ internationally recognised Tier 1 (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific) and Band 1 (Chambers Asia-Pacific) Corporate team