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Bell Gully

LEVEL 21, VERO CENTRE, 48 SHORTLAND STREET, PO BOX 4199, AUCKLAND 1140, NEW ZEALAND
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Work +64 9 916 8800
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Auckland, Wellington
Bell Gully, Toby Sharpe, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

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Toby Sharpe

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Work +64 9 916 8637
Email:
Bell Gully

Work Department

Corporate/Commercial

Position

Mergers and acquisitions, Equity capital markets, Commercial, Restructuring and insolvency, Private equity and venture capital, Overseas investment, International, Joint ventures, Corporate governance and advisory, Financial sector regulation

Career

Toby builds long term relationships with his clients. He gets to know their business and issues in order to present the advice that gets the results they need. He has a reputation for being able to get alongside his clients and other stakeholders, having a facilitative and collaborative working style and providing well-informed and pragmatic advice.

Toby recently advised Element Financial on its acquisition of General Electric's New Zealand fleet management and equipment finance business. He advised Crescent Capital on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Prime Panels.

He has also advised on some of the most complex equity capital markets transactions over recent years. He has acted on many of the recent initial public offerings, including those of: Fliway, Metro Performance Glass, Gentrack, CBL Insurance (for the joint lead managers), Mighty River Power and Meridian Energy. He regularly advises on other forms of equity capital markets transactions, such as rights issues, block trades and placements, both for issuers and lead managers.

Toby worked on significant debt and equity restructurings, including the restructurings of the Yellow Pages Group and Metroglass. He recently advised D&S Communications on its acquisition of Mako Networks (In Receivership) and acted for McGrath Nicol as receivers of GEON on the sale of its New Zealand business to the Blue Star Group.

Toby was appointed a Bell Gully partner at the start of 2013, having returned to the firm in 2009 from four years working in the corporate team of the London office of Herbert Smith Freehills.
Admitted: 2003 New Zealand 2008 England and Wales (non-practising)

Education

LLB, BCom, University of Auckland


New Zealand

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Bell Gully is 'extremely proactive with best-in-class knowledge and an understanding of the realities of the business world', according to one client, who adds that 'the team really goes above and beyond to meet our needs'. 'The pre-eminent law firm in New Zealand for a reason - consistently a class above its peers', remarks another. In Auckland, Anna Buchly and James Gibson 'stand out as fantastic to work with - they think of everything'. They advised US-based Platinum Equity on the acquisitions of Staples Australasia and OfficeMax Australasia. Brynn Gilbertson advised Fletcher Building on a NZ$750m underwritten offer to shareholders. Also recommended are corporate law specialist Glenn Joblin, who handled AIA's A$3.8bn acquisition of insurer Sovereign, and 'has excellent knowledge of the market and is a very trusted adviser'; Toby Sharpe, who advised Gentrack on its NZ$79m acquisition of Junifer Systems; Chris Goddard, who is 'extremely client-centric and brings a diligent manner to the matters he works on'; and 'highly capable' senior associate Jennifer Coote. In Wellington, public law expert Simon Watt and deputy practice head Amon Nunns are respected partners.

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