Nathanael specialises in domestic and cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and listed company compliance and corporate governance.
Nathanael is one of New Zealand’s leading public takeover lawyers (both takeover bids under the Takeovers Code and schemes of arrangement). He co-leads the firm’s public takeovers practice and has advised on some of the most notable transactions under the Takeovers Code, including the highest value public takeover in New Zealand corporate history.
Nathanael was appointed to the Takeovers Panel, the regulator of public takeovers in New Zealand, in 2016. He was also a member of the regulatory working group of the Capital Markets 2029 Taskforce (an industry review of New Zealand's capital markets initiated by NZX and the Financial Markets Authority).
Nathanael has presented for the New Zealand Law Society on takeovers and financial markets regulation, was a past contributing author to Morrison’s Company and Securities Law, and is the author of the chapters on takeover and licensed market regulation in Financial Markets Conduct Regulation: A Practitioner’s Guide.
Nathanael is recognised as a leading individual for Corporate/M&A by Asia Pacific Legal 500, and is described as an “intelligent, commercial as well as pragmatic” lawyer who “finds ways to do things others say you can’t”.
He is recommended as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A by Asia Law Profiles, is ranked for Corporate/Commercial by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific and is recognised as highly regarded by IFLR2000.
Many of the transactions on which Nathanael has advised have won or been nominated for international and domestic industry awards, including regular nominations as finalists for M&A Deal of the Year Award at the NZ Law Awards and Australasian Law Awards.
Governance and other roles
Nathanael is a member of the Takeovers Panel, the government body responsible for regulating public takeovers in New Zealand. He is also a trustee of the Laidlaw College Foundation, an endowment fund for a private tertiary training institution – with a multi-million dollar investment portfolio and substantial land holdings. Nathanael is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Advised NZX listed Abano Healthcare Group on two announced takeovers-by-scheme of arrangement by a bid consortium comprising BGH Capital and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (which valued Abano, respectively, at $150 million and $117 million)
Advised ASX listed Centuria Capital Group as a placement participant and sub-underwriter of a $45 million placement and Accelerated Non-Renounceable Entitlement Offer by NZX listed Augusta Capital and on its subsequent successful $172 million cash and scrip takeover offer for Augusta Capital
Advised NZX / ASX dual listed Restaurant Brands on its response to a $884 million 75% partial cash takeover offer by Finaccess Capital
Advised NZX / ASX dual listed Pushpay Holdings on the US$87.5 million acquisition of Community Church Builder
Advised NZX / ASX dual listed Pushpay Holdings on separate $100 million and $40 million underwritten block trades by the two co-founders of the company, as well as a number of capital raisings undertaken by the company including a A$54 million institutional placement in connection with obtaining an ASX foreign exempt listing
Advised King Country Energy on its response to a $120 million full takeover offer from NZX listed Trustpower and a subsequent $126 million full takeover offer from a bid consortium comprising Trustpower and the King Country Electricity Power Trust
Advised Yang Kee Logistics on the $55.4 million takeover-by-scheme of arrangement of NZX listed Fliway Group
Advised NZX Main Board listed Hellaby Holdings on its response to a $352 million full cash takeover offer from ASX listed Bapcor