Welcome to Andrew Lewis Law

Welcome to Andrew Lewis Law

Andrew Lewis Law is a specialist commercial law firm.

We provide practical legal and commercial assistance for all types of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, investment transactions, capital raisings and funds, joint ventures and supply and distribution arrangements.  In many cases these transactions cross international borders.

Our industry specialisations include the private equity and venture capital, hotels and resorts, building and agriculture sectors.  We provide international advice (from a New Zealand base) with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions.

Andrew has 15 years’ of partner level experience at leading New Zealand and international firms (12 years as a corporate partner at Simpson Grierson in Auckland and three years as a corporate partner at Norton Rose Group in Dubai). He has led transactions in all of the areas described above.

Latest News

  • November 2017

    Acted for Fergus Software in relation to aggregate investments of $A3.5m by an Australian venture capital fund and a large Australian corporate.
  • February 2016

    Andrew was appointed to the board of high growth financial services company Enable-Me - www.enableme.co.nz
  • January 2016

    Acted for Evergreen Capital (a New York based private equity firm) on the acquisition of the Wormald Group of companies in Australia from NYSE listed Tyco International, (which included acquisition of the Wormald brand worldwide and the National Fire Service (NSF) Group). McCullough Robertson (Adrian Smith) provided local support. See attached announcement from the Wall Street Journal
  • January 2016

    Acted for the shareholders of The New Zealand School of Food Hygiene Limited and related companies (also known as Burwater Pacific group) on the sale of those companies to US buyer,  NSF International. See attached announcement
  • October 2015

    Acted for the shareholders of NZ Tertiary Education Group (otherwise known as Cornerstone Group) in respect of the sale of that group of companies to Aspire2 Group, (ultimately controlled by leading Australian private equity firm, Archer Capital), as part of the roll-up and sale of 5 privately owned education groups. Also acted for the same shareholders and related parties in respect of the sale of their founder interests in Aspire2 to the Archer Capital controlled holding company. Acted for the shareholder of Safety-N Action Ltd in respect of the separate sale of that company to Aspire2 Group (as part of the same industry roll up). For further information follow this link to an associated press article

What we specialise in

Corporate transactions & advice

Including acquisitions and dispositions, capital raisings and funds, joint ventures and supply and distribution arrangements.

Private equity/venture capital

Including fund establishment and investment transactions, with a focus on growth companies.

Hotels & Resorts

Including selling and resort structures for New Zealand and Pacific Island developments.

International advice

International advice for transactions in the MENA and Asia Pacific regions.

Our representative experience

New Zealand

Burwater Pacific – advised the owners of The New Zealand School of Food Hygiene Limited and related companies on the sale of those companies to NSF International.

Big Fish Group – advised the owners of NZ Tertiary Education Group Limited (NZTE) on the sale of the NZTE group of companies to Aspre2 Group, ultimately owed by Australian private equity firm, Archer Capital. Also acted for the Scapens Trust as a founder and seed funder of Aspire2 Group.

Safety-N Action – advised the owner of Safety-N Action Limited in relation to the sale of that company to Aspire2 Group.

Evergreen Capital – advised Evergreen Capital (a US based private equity investor) on the acquisition of Armourguard Security business in New Zealand and the Guardforce Fiji business in Fiji.

Kea Campers (NZ) – advised Kea Campers on the sale of its business to Tourism Holdings Limited, the most significant component of a NZ$69m campervan business merger.

Pureland Dairy – advised Pureland Dairy (ultimately owned by investors domiciled in China and Singapore) on the acquisition of the factory and business assets of Kaimai Cheese Company.

Complete Entertainment Services – advised Complete Entertainment Services on the sale of its business to The Warehouse Group.

Landcare Research – advised Landcare Research (a New Zeland Government owned Crown Research Institute) on the sale of its wildlife-tracking subsidiary, Sirtrack Limited, to Lotek Wireles Inc. of Canada, making it part of the world’s largest wildlife telemetry company.

Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure – advised Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure in connection with the sale of its Stresscrete division in a number of transactions with different purchasing parties.

Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure – advised Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure on strategic landswap transactions with the New Zealand government having a value of approximately NZD 130 million.

Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure – advised Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure (Winstone Aggregates division) on the acquisition of Cameron Quarries and related companies.

Fletcher Construction – advised Fletcher Construction on a number of strategic acquisitions, including the acquisition of the PileTech group and the acquisition of a business which had specific technology for concrete medium barriers used on motorways.

Golden Bay Cement – advised Golden Bay Cement (New Zealand’s largest cement company and now part of Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure) on various acquisitions and dispositions including the disposition of a port to Port Nelson, the disposition of a hydroelectric power facility to Northpower and the acquisition of a barge located in Indonesia from Lafarge Cement.

Fletcher Steel – advised Fletcher Steel on the acquisition of Cyclone Wire Products.

LG Electronics – advised LG Electronics on the purchase of its New Zealand distributor and business establishment in New Zealand.

Fletcher Distribution – advised Fletcher Distribution on the acquisition of various building supply businesses throughout New Zealand.

Lewis Equipment – advised US based Lewis Equipment on the acquisition of Verticon Group’s tower crane and hoist division in New Zealand.

International

Evergreen Capital – advised Evergreen Capital on the acquisition of the Wormald Group of companies in Australia (including the Wormald brand worldwide and the National Fire Safety group of companies).

Tabua Investments – advised Tabua Investments in relation to the disposal of various Fijian assets including the sale of Denarau Golf & Racquet Club (Fiji’s premier international championship golf course) to Starwood Hotel Group.

Lime Tree Capital Partners – advised Lime Tree Capital Partners (Hong Kong based fund) on a number of potential acquisitions in the Pacific and New Zealand.

Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA) – advised RAKIA on the disposal of Pioneer Cement (cement manufacturer located in RAK, UAE) to Raysut Cement Company (Oman’s largest cement company) for USD 172 million.

Qatar Water & Electricity Company – advised QEWC in relation to its acquisition of shares owned by AES Corporation in Ras Laffan project companies.

ACE Arabia Insurance – advised ACE Arabia Insurance in connection with the disposition of its Saudi Arabian insurance business to a related listed entity.

HSBC – advised HSBC in relation to the acquisition of RBS’s commercial and retail banking businesses in India.

First Leasing Bank – advised First Leasing Bank (a subsidiary of Ithmar Bank of Bahrain) on the acquisition of the DIFC company, INTL Capital Limited.

Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority – advised RAKIA and other parties in connection with the disposition of their shareholdings in a UAE listed bank.

New Zealand

Auckland UniServices – advised Auckland UniServices/Auckland University in relation to its collaboration with four Australian Universities and one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds designed to facilitate investment of the available funds into the best technologies emanating from the participant universities.

Fletcher Distribution – advised Fletcher Distribution in relation to the restructuring of its joint venture model for the “PlaceMakers” network of building hardware distribution outlets in New Zealand (over 50 outlets supplying both trade and retail customers).

Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure – advised Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure (Humes Pipeline division) in respect of a joint venture for the distribution of trenching equipment throughout New Zealand.

Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure – advised Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure (Winstone Aggregates division) in relation to a proposed joint venture for processing of waste building materials.

International

Tabua Investments – advised Tabua Investments in relation to joint venture issues concerning its joint venture with Starwood Hotel Group for leisure assets in Fiji.

Kenana Sugar Company – advised Kenana Sugar Company (one of the world’s leading sugar manufacturers) on its fund management joint venture with Beltone Private Equity, a Cairo-based private equity firm.

Kenana Sugar Company – advised Kenana Sugar Company on its joint venture shareholding arrangements with leading European sugar distributor, Eridania Sadam S.p.A in connection with the construction and operation of a sugar refinery in Port Sudan, Sudan, and now advising the joint venture on all project related matters.

Dammam 7 Petrochemicals Co – advised Dammam 7 in respect of joint venture/shareholder arrangements for its greenfield petrochemical plant development in Saudi Arabia.

New Zealand

LG Electronics – advised LG Electronics on various issues relating to its New Zealand establishment distribution arrangements.

Fletcher Building – advised members of the Fletcher Building Group (including Fletcher Distribution, Golden Bay Cement, Firth, Winstone Aggregates, Humes and Fletcher Steel) on various supply and distribution arrangements.

International

Nestlé Middle East FZE – advised Nestlé in relation to distribution arrangements in Saudi Arabia and potential new joint venture arrangements.

NewBridge Pharmaceuticals – advised NewBridge Pharmaceuticals on licences in and distribution agreements out for various new pharma products and MENA markets.

New Zealand

GRC SinoGreen – advised the General Partner of the GRC SinoGreen Fund in relation to New Zealand activities and structure, the investment commitment of New Zealand Venture Investment Fund and its first New Zealand investment in Avertana Limited.

Powerhouse Ventures – advised Powerhouse Ventures and investee companies in respect of numerous investment rounds in those investee companies (including recent investment rounds for Invert Robotics, Upstream Medical, Aptamer, Avalia, Veritide and HiAspect).

Milford Asset Management – advised Milford Asset Management in respect of its investment in Straker Translations (by way of a convertible loan).

Triplejump Group Holdings – advised Triplejump Group Holding in relation to recent capital rounds and associated matters (including ESOP establishment).

Cure Kids Ventures – advised Cure Kids Ventures on various portfolio investments (including Klein Medical, Pictor and Im-Able) and its investee companies on subsequent capital rounds.

New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Limited – advised New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (and in some cases other parties) in relation to the establishment of a number of venture capital funds including TMT Ventures VIF Fund, No. 8 Ventures No. 2 Fund, iGlobe Treasury VIF Fund, Endeavour
i-cap, BioPacificVentures VIF Fund and Pioneer Capital VIF Fund.

Cranleigh Merchant Bankers – advised Cranleigh Merchant Bankers in relation to the establishment of a specialized private equity fund to invest in renewable energy projects.

Finistere Partners LLC – advised Finistere Partners LLC (based in San Diego, USA) on the proposed establishment of New Zealand venture capital fund.

New Zealand Diagnostics – advised New Zealand Diagnostics in relation to the establishment of an early stage investment vehicle which raised capital from various private parties (including UK based RAB Ventures) and investments by that vehicle into MBIL and EBONZ.

iGlobe Treasury VIF Fund – advised iGlobe Treasury VIF Fund in relation to various venture capital investments including ECONZ Wireless, Meracol Investments, Zephyr Technologies, Virtual Katy Technologies and subsequent migrations of three of those companies to the US (in conjunction with further capital raising rounds).

Auckland UniServices – advised Auckland UniServices (the commercialisation arm of Auckland University) in relation to the investment by two Australian VCs (GBS Ventures and CM Capital) in its spin-out company Pathway Therapeutics.

Lanzatech NZ – advised Lanzatech NZ in relation to the investment by US VC, Khosla Ventures to develop a bacterial fermentation process which converts carbon monoxide into ethanol.

New Zealand Venture Investment Fund, Ice Angels, Upstart Capital, Sparkbox, Manawatu Investment Group, Pacific Channel and others – advised combinations of those parties on numerous investments into early stage technology companies.

International

Kenana Sugar Company and joint venture partners – advising leading world sugar producer Kenana Sugar Company of Sudan (and in some cases joint venture partners) on investment arrangements and other project matters for various projects including a sugar refinery and port terminal at Port Sudan (on the Red Sea), a US$ 1 billion sugar expansion project and an integrated sugar project for the Mauritanian government.

Abraaj Capital – advised Abraaj Capital in connection with investment templates for its new SME fund (seeking to raise US$700m to invest in SME businesses across 12 countries in the MENA region) and in relation to various initial investments by that fund in Egypt, Kuwait, Jordon and Lebanon.

Mahaseel Fund – advised for the joint venture vehicle established by Egyptian private equity firm Beltone Private Equity and Sudanese sugar company Kenana Sugar Company in connection with the establishment of an agriculture fund which is seeking to raise US$1 billion for investments across the MENA region, focusing principally on Sudan and Egypt.

Abraaj Capital – advised Abraaj Capital in relation to the assumption of existing arrangements and achieving closing for a specialised Egyptian private equity fund which will invest in industrial sector SME opportunities.

Abraaj Capital – advising Abraaj Capital in connection with its employee share plans.

New Zealand

Heritage and CityLife – advised the developer of the Heritage and CityLife Hotels (in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown) on various aspects of those developments and the selling structures.

St Moritz – advised St Moritz Apartments on all aspects of its Novatel Suites development in Queenstown.

Pacific

Tabua Investments – advised Tabua Investments on all aspects of its Denarau Island developments including the Denarau integrated resort structure and the Sheraton Villas, Radisson Fiji, Golf Terraces, Port Denarau Retail and Commercial Centre and various residential developments.

Vomo Fiji – advised Vomo Fiji in relation to its island structure, hotel management arrangements and sale agreements.

LimeTree Capital Partners – advised LimeTree Capital Partners on proposed acquisitions in Fiji and elsewhere in the Pacific.

New Zealand

Google – advised Google on various aspects of its establishment in New Zealand.

Fletcher Building – advised members of the Fletcher Building Group on various issues including supply arrangements, competition advice and other commercial matters.

New Zealand Venture Investment Fund – advised the New Zealand Government on the establishment of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (as the first government owned company to be established without enabling legislation) and its venture capital and seed investment programmes.

International

IFA Hotels and Resorts – advising IFA Hotels and Resorts on shareholder arrangements with management and founders for its UK based Yotel subsidiary.

Al Wa’ab City – advising Al Wa’ab City in relation to various restructuring and equity investment proposals.

Why choose us

Big firm specialist expertise without paying big firm rates

Andrew has over 20 years of big firm corporate law experience, including 12 years as partner in one of New Zealand’s leading firms and three years as a partner in a leading international firm.

A commercially practical approach and focus on solutions

We tell you what you can do and how you can do it, not what you can’t do.

No duplication – you only pay for value add

The big firm financial model relies on leverage and billing time spent by junior staff, even if their work is redone.  When you engage us, you will only pay for the expert advice which adds value to you.

International experience at local rates

Andrew has significant international and cross-border experience (particularly in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions).  You will receive the benefit of this experience without having to pay large international firm rates.

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