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Alex Franks


Corporate & commercial

Alex is an experienced corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), equity capital markets transactions, private equity, joint ventures, corporate restructuring projects and corporate governance.

Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2020, Alex worked in London, UK and São Paulo, Brazil for eight years, including six years with magic circle firm Clifford Chance and two years as an independent legal consultant working on M&A and capital markets projects in Africa.

Recent highlights

  • Advising Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on its NZ$900m acquisition of Spark New Zealand’s mobile towers business.
  • Advised Z Energy on the $2b takeover by Ampol by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised Mercury on the $441m acquisition of the Trustpower retail business.
  • Advised Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of the StraitNZ business including Bluebridge ferries.
  • Advised the shareholders of PF Olsen on the sale of a 44% interest to Quayside Holdings
  • Advised ezyVet on the sale of its business to US-based IDEXX Laboratories.
  • Advised Oceania Healthcare on its $100m capital raise and acquisition of the premium retirement village, Waterford at Hobsonville Point.

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Celebrating four new Partners and one Special Counsel

Grace Rippingale, Alex Franks, Vivian Cheng and Sam Holden have been promoted to Partner; and Sarah Jackson has been promoted to Special Counsel.

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Oceania raises $100m for acquisitions in Auckland

Oceania Healthcare has successfully raised $100m to fund the acquisition of a premium Auckland retirement village, Waterford at Hobsonville Point and its currently leased Franklin site and adjacent land for development.

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A humming start to 2021 for NZ’s equity capital markets

We have observed a busy Q1, advising on all major ($5m+) equity capital market transactions on the NZX.

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