In the competitive and highly regulated capital markets sector, companies seeking to raise funds need expert legal assistance.

Our Capital Markets team is comprised of multidisciplinary lawyers who bring a wealth of experience assisting clients across a wide range of industries.

This experience is complemented by a strong understanding of the regulatory environment, in-house experience at ASIC, at a stock exchange and at the New Zealand capital markets regulator. 

We are known to be commercial, collegiate and responsive.

Our practice offers a comprehensive range of legal services, listed below: 

  • Initial public offerings and capital raising

Our team has executed many iconic IPO transactions, including Ecofibre Limited, Greencross Limited, Orocobre Limited and Affinity Education Limited, among others. 

We have assisted ASX and foreign listed companies, foreign companies and stockbrokers on a public listing (back or front door) and provide legal support to both private and public companies in their capital raising programs. 

We advise on all aspects of a stock exchange listing including due diligence, prospectus preparation, foreign investment approval, broker, lead manager and underwriting agreements, listing project management, ASX listing rule applications and ongoing compliance.

  • Secondary markets 

We work with many listed companies to raise money through placements, rights issues, share placements and convertible notes, along with innovative capital raising options combining hybrid financial products. We also assist companies to navigate the governance issues that come with being the custodian of shareholders' capital.

  • Managed investment schemes 

We have expertise in establishing and advising on issues that impact managed investment schemes. This includes both public and wholesale schemes and the establishment of REITs.

  • Seed capital raisings

We have assisted many clients with their pre-IPO capital raisings, and advised on drafting and distribution of information memorandums. We have extensive experience liaising with venture capital and private equity firms. As a result, we have developed strong relationships with brokers who support our clients. 

  • Takeovers 

We have acted as strategic advisers and successfully led a number of corporate takeovers of ASX listed companies across a broad range of industries.

Years of experience advising on complex transactions has given our lawyers a deep understanding of the likely outcomes, risks and rewards. Our approach is results-driven. In everything we do, we consider not only the legalities, but also the likely effect on a company’s reputation, productivity and costs. In an increasingly regulated business environment, our commercial approach contributes positively to our clients’ success.