Josh Blackmore Josh Blackmore

Josh Blackmore


Corporate & commercial

Josh specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and securities law. 

With particular experience in public sector transactional matters, he has advised Treasury, state-owned enterprises and Crown entities on various transactions and corporate governance matters.

Josh is recognised as Highly Regarded by IFLR1000 2023, and as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2024. He is a member of Chapman Tripp's board.

Recent highlights

Has advised:

  • Z Energy on its $2b takeover by Ampol by way of scheme of arrangement
  • the New Zealand Treasury on Air New Zealand’s NZ$2.2b recapitalisation package, including the New Zealand Government’s participation in Air New Zealand’s $1.2b underwritten rights issue, and associated funding arrangements
  • New Zealand Post on its acquisition of Fliway Group New Zealand and a 50% interest in Supply Chain Solutions
  • Winton Land on its $350m initial public offering and listing on the NZX Main Board
  • Kiwi Group Holdings on its sale of Kiwi Insurance to nib for $45m
  • InfraRed Capital Partners on the sale of its 40% interest in the public private partnership at the Wiri Auckland South Corrections Facility to the AMP Capital Community Infrastructure Fund
  • Infratil, Z Energy and ikeGPS on secondary capital raisings on the NZX Main Board
  • New Zealand Growth Capital Partners on investments by the Elevate Venture Capital Fund in venture capital funds managed by Blackbird Ventures, Movac, Pacific Channel, Finistere, GD1, Nuance and Hillfarrance
  • the New Zealand Green Investment Fund on its establishment and investments in ESP, Carbn, TNUE and Thinxtra
  • New Zealand Post on the sale of a 47% stake in Kiwi Group Holdings, the holding company for the Kiwibank group of financial services entities, to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Accident Compensation Corporation for $494m, including the establishment of joint governance arrangements
  • Vector on its sale of subsidiary Vector Gas, owner of gas transmission pipelines and gas distribution networks outside of Auckland, to two infrastructure funds managed by First State Investments for $952.5m
  • Treasury on the sale by the New Zealand Government of AMI Insurance of assets and liabilities to IAG New Zealand for $340m and the establishment of Southern Response to manage AMI's Canterbury earthquake-related assets and liabilities.

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Chapman Tripp advises Infratil on $1.15 billion equity raising

Chapman Tripp is pleased to have advised Infratil on its $1.15 billion equity raising to help fund growth across its global portfolio.

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Chapman Tripp advises Infratil on $935m equity capital markets raising

Chapman Tripp has advised Infratil on its $935m equity capital markets raising to part fund the acquisition of Brookfield Asset Management’s 49.9% stake in One New Zealand (One NZ) for $1.8 billion. For more information, read our press release.

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Sale of Kiwi Wealth business to Fisher Funds

We are pleased to have advised Kiwi Group Holdings Limited (KGHL) on the sale of Kiwi Wealth to Fisher Funds for NZ$310 million.

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Winton lands $350m with assistance from Chapman Tripp

We assisted residential land developer Winton Land Limited to raise $350m through an IPO and to list on both the NZX Main Board and the ASX.

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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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Generating social and environmental benefits alongside financial return

We are proud to have advised NZGIF on its investment to help Wellington’s port decarbonise – the first to benefit from NZGIF’s $100m in investment capital.

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Advising InfraRed Capital Partners on sale of stake in Auckland South Corrections Facility PPP

We advised InfraRed Capital Partners on sale of stake in Auckland South Corrections Facility PPP. The transaction is the first secondary PPP transaction in New Zealand.

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Supporting Vector on sale of Kapuni interests

We assisted Vector over the sale of its Kapuni gas treatment plant and related assets.

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Advising Infratil on Vodafone deal and capital-raising

We advised Infratil on the $3.4b acquisition of Vodafone New Zealand and $400m capital raising.

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M&A market: Strong demand for now but threats from abroad and at home

Buyer interest is strong going into this year but this momentum is threatened by developments abroad and at home, Chapman Tripp says.

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The stage is set for more vibrant equity capital markets

The stage is set for a rebound of New Zealand’s equity capital markets, with much brighter years now firmly in sight, Chapman Tripp says.

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International trade up in the air

Predicted international trade events in 2017 fared well, the firm is now looking at what to expect in 2019.

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Impact investment poised for lift off

​Increasing investor interest, evolving data capability and rapid advances in markets are aligning to create the conditions for a growth surge in impact investment in New Zealand.

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Dealing to the infrastructure deficit

New Zealand’s sagging infrastructure is inhibiting the economy and our quality of life, in the form of gridlock, lost production, unaffordable housing, environmental degradation, and more...

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M&A off to strong start, but challenges on the horizon

​Regulatory risk featured large in the mergers and acquisitions market last year and is shaping up to be a big factor again this year.

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