Anderson Lloyd > Dunedin, New Zealand > Firm Profile

Anderson Lloyd
Private Bag 1959
DUNEDIN
9054
New Zealand

New Zealand > TMT Tier 2

Anderson Lloyd’s Derek Roth-Biester has over 20 years’ expertise in IT procurement, outsourcing and the delivery of complex IT projects; he also works with early-stage technology companies on raising capital and on the development, protection and commercialisation of their technology. Senior associate Megan Pierce advices on licensing, implementation, supply and acquisition of various technology offerings. The firm has partnered with Ngāi Tahu (one of the main Māori tribes) to deliver a cultural and linguistic development programme focused on Māori culture.

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Testimonials

‘The team have good experience around technology companies, start ups and the associated capital raising and legals associated with them.’

‘I have used Anderson Lloyd for New Zealand-based matters and have found their team to be responsive to my requests. The advice I’ve received can be relied upon and does not require additional oversight from myself.’

‘They have a solid team here in Queenstown with a wide range of expertise. They have also used other branches to assist in specific areas of work that was needed.  AL has also been happy to answer any brief questions I may have had, with Derek particular being happy for me to call him at any given time, always followed by advice/recommendations I can only describe as perfect so far.’

‘Derek Roth – Biester (Partner) has been my main POC throughout my time working with AL. From what I have found, his strengths are his broad knowledge of work needed when developing a start-up business, particularly Saas businesses. A quality that has not only been impressive but integral in the development of my business.’

Key clients

Silver Fern Farms Limited

Christchurch City Council

Silverlight Studios Limited

Avertana Limited

The shareholders of Soltians Limited

Comet Licensing Limited

Agility CIS Limited

M2M One NZ Limited

Mitre 10 (New Zealand) Limited

NetComm Wireless (NZ) Limited

Les Mills Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Silver Fern Farms on its multivendor vendor procurement of a cloud-based human capital management solution.
  • Advised Christchurch City Council on the reinstatement and replacement of its existing master services agreement with Spark New Zealand.
  • Advising Silverlight Studios on the corporate, IP, property and fast-track resource consent aspects of its proposed multi-million dollar film production facility to be established in Wanaka, Otago.

New Zealand > Banking and finance Tier 3

Offering ‘commercially focused advice at a reasonable price pointAnderson Lloyd is active on a range of financings and refinancings, and on cross-border project finance transactions. Highlights in this space include advising Accident Compensation Corporation on its secured fixed rate financing of its joint venture with community housing provider, Community of Refuge Trust. Borrower-side work is another key area of activity; the practice advised the Les Mills Group on the refinancing of its existing debt facilities. Auckland based Geoff Busch is ‘well respected in the market’ and routinely acts on corporate, acquisition, project and structured financing. Senior associate Emma Kerr is another central figure in Auckland. Ben Johnston is the lead partner in Christchurch.

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‘Always very responsive, understand our sector, efficient and commercially focused. Top tier advice at a reasonable price point.’

‘Geoff Busch is our relationship partner. Very well respected in the market, acts on both the lender and borrower sides. Very commercial and good value for money.’

‘Geoff Busch. Geoff is always very responsive, and can be relied upon to provide clear and technically good legal advice in a timely manner, as well providing sound strategic advice in relation to how issues should be approached. He is very good to deal with and is a trusted advisor to our company.’

‘Geoff Busch – very experienced, very accessible. Almost two decades at partner level,’

Key clients

Kiwibank Limited

Les Mills Holdings Limited

Sealord Group Limited

ASB Bank Limited

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

Bank of New Zealand

Rockit Global Limited

Farmlands Co-operative Society Limited

University of Waikato

Work highlights

  • Advised Laybuy Group Holdings Limited on the refinancing of its New Zealand bank debt facilities and establishment of an English law receivables financing line from Victory Park Capital ahead of its listing on the ASX.
  • Advised ASB Bank, Bank of New Zealand and Kiwibank, the syndicate on the syndicated financing of Augusta Penrose Limited’s sale and leaseback acquisition of the Visy Glass plant in Penrose, Auckland.
  • Acted for Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) on its NZ$50m secured fixed rate financing of ACCORT LP, a joint venture between ACC and community housing provider Community of Refuge Trust (CORT). The transaction will see 100 new homes built for people and families on the public housing waiting list in Auckland.

New Zealand > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Anderson Lloyd‘s practice is led by Ben Johnston, based in Christchurch and prides itself on its national coverage from its Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown offices, offering ‘big firm experience with boutique service. Auckland’s Chris Bargery is in demand for domestic and cross-border domestic M&A and private equity funds, with Pioneer Capital being one of his longstanding clients. Bede Maher made partner in April 2021, and is another central figure in Auckland. Dunedin’s Anne McLeod is similarly a leading corporate lawyer in South Island, and also acts on mid-market M&A and capital raisings, often for hospitality sector clients.

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Testimonials

‘Anderson Lloyd are our go-to legal advisors. They are experts in the ANZ market and have strong interpersonal skills with exemplary client service. They have delivered innovations in the form of legal frameworks for PE concepts introduced to NZ from the US/UK (e.g. MIP-lite, B Shares) and are creative problem solvers. They are extremely pragmatic and commercial and have been invaluable in helping us navigate and negotiate each transaction.’

‘They have a highly personable approach with great interoperability between their teams. They are highly, highly capable and experienced when it comes to corporate matters. They have been easily on par and in many cases exceeding the capabilities of global top tier firms in terms of specialised knowledge, service and availability.’

‘Big firm experience with boutique service. Pragmatic and commercial approach.’

‘Bede Maher has been exceptional on a current transaction which has been a marathon two year effort to date. He is constantly one step ahead, anticipating issues and formulating solutions. His personable approach means communication is open, honest and constant. Completely reliable.’

‘Chris Bargery – Partner – very pragmatic and commercial, delivers a strong combination of legal expertise and problem solving skills to help navigate transactions. Strong negotiator who is able to bring his market knowledge to bear to drive issues to completion.’

Key clients

Pioneer Capital Partners

Pacific Edge Limited

Farmlands Co-operative Society Limited

New Forests Asset Management Pty Limited

Foodstuffs South Island Limited

Real Journey’s Limited

Port Otago Limited

Russell Group

Amuri Irrigation Company Limited

Dunedin City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Pioneer Capital (the major shareholder) and all other shareholders on the sale of Natural Pet Food Group to leading global private equity firm KKR.
  • Advised Agility on its acquisition of ZNalytics LLC, a US based utility billing company with operations in the USA, Japan and India. Agility is a New Zealand based global provider of utility billing and data management software and is backed by SilverTree Equity, a London-based software and technology focused private equity firm, and Pioneer Capital, a leading New Zealand private equity firm.
  • Advised Pioneer Capital on the recapitalisation of Magic Memories (a worldwide attraction photography business). Due to Covid-19, most attractions around the world had shut down. Anderson Lloyd advised Pioneer Capital (an existing shareholder in Magic Memories) in relation to the capital raise, which was fully underwritten by Pioneer Capital. As a result of the recapitalisation, Pioneer Capital is now the majority shareholder in Magic Memories.

New Zealand > Labour and employment Tier 3

Though based in Dunedin, Anderson Lloyd is expanding its national reach and capability in South Island with the February 2021 recruitment of employment partner Ashley-Jayne Lodge and her associate, Jack Brown, based in Christchurch, who joined from a local labour boutique, Cavell Leitch Pringle & Boyle. Lodge complements the employment practice with expertise in health and safety law, and often acts for employer insurers on employment and privacy matters and conducts workplace investigations. In Dunedin, John Farrow’s practice covers the full range of employment matters, including those which involve criminal and civil aspects. Senior associate Fi McMillan often advises education sector clients. The firm has strong links with local government, health and educational sector clients.

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Testimonials

‘They are very efficient and do not unnecessarily drag out work. Fast turnaround. John Farrow is our key contact and is very important to our business as the go-to contact.’

‘John Farrow is an exceptionally client-focused partner, he is pragmatic, thoughtful, efficient and well informed on recent case law. He demonstrates strong and thoughtful leadership to his equally effective team, all of whom he has made available on matters that require their specific expertise.’

‘This team is able to cover all aspects of employment. They work well as a team with the ability to support each other and use the strengths of the team. In all dealing I have had with Anderson Lloyd they have demonstrated how they are a collaborative supportive team, this also allows for the best considerations of the outcomes for the client.’

‘Fi McMillian – cares for the client and ensures that they can understand the emotional response and how to manage this.’

‘John Farrow – understands everything and supports with the best staff to help in whatever situation is needed.’

Key clients

Grounds and Services Limited

CORE Education Limited

University of Otago

Otago Polytechnic (and insurer Vero Liability)

ANZCO Foods Limited

Tetra Pak (New Zealand) Limited

Otago Polytechnic

Oceana Gold (New Zealand) Ltd

Southern District Health Board

Work highlights

  • Advised CORE Education Ltd on the implementation of a full organisation restructure involving 100+ employees across multiple regional offices.
  • Advised the University of Otago on a complex claim under the Privacy Act in the Human Rights Review Tribunal.
  • Represented Otago Polytechnic in successfully arguing for New Zealand’s first ever court-ordered enforceable undertaking ordered under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 as an alternative to a $240,000 fine.

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment) Tier 3

Anderson Lloyd has particular experience in renewable energy projects, with Auckland-based practice co-head Anton Trixl acting for clients in respect of wind farms and hydrogen production projects. The practice also takes on projects in the water sector, such as conservation, storage and irrigation, as well as the mining sector; Christchurch-based Ben Johnston specialises in this area, advising on regulatory approvals. The firm has a nationwide presence, with practice co-head Maree Baker-Galloway providing support from the Queenstown office and local government and resource management specialist Michael Garbett acting from the Dunedin office. The team is also headed by property partner Dan Williams, who frequently leads and supports in energy and forestry projects while Geoff Busch leads on the banking and finance aspects of projects.

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Anton Trixl; Geoff Busch; Maree Baker-Galloway; Dan Williams

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Tilt Renewables Limited

Hiringa Energy Limited

Rangitata Diversion Race Management Limited

Trustpower Limited

Ballance Agri-Nutrients Limited

New Forests Asset Management Pty Limited

Birchfield Resources

OceanaGold

Barrytown JV Limited

Kahutia LP

Accident Compensation Corporation

Mt Cardrona Valley WWTP Limited

Christchurch City Council

Dunedin City Council

Precinct Properties Holdings Limited

Argosy Property Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Tilt as lead project counsel on the development of the Waipipi Wind Farm – its first New Zealand project since it demerged from Trustpower in 2016. Having successfully brought the project to financial close in September 2019, Anderson Lloyd continued to advise as the project progressed.
  • Leading Hiringa Energy and Ballance Agri-Nutrients’ joint-venture project to produce green hydrogen using renewable energy. Assisted in the establishment of a project vehicle, drafting and negotiating consultancy agreements, construction contracts, services contracts, a power purchase agreement, operation and maintenance agreements and financing documents.
  • Advising Barrytown JV in respect of a mineral sands mining project on the Barrytown flats, including on overseas investment rules, land owner negotiations, mining access arrangements, employment and commercial contracts, and strategy and technical assessment requirements for securing regulatory and environmental approvals.

New Zealand > Real estate and construction

With a real estate offering split across four offices in Dunedin, Queenstown, Christchurch and Auckland, Anderson Lloyd‘s client roster features institutional entities including city councils, energy providers and commercial infrastructure contractors. Christchurch-based practice head Mike Kerr oversees matters ranging from land acquisitions for renewable energy developments to retail expansions and new mixed-use developments, with support from Simon Munro. Construction-side advisory work includes water conservation, water storage and irrigation projects, typically led by Anton Trixl in Auckland, where Dan Williams is a further key contact.

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Christchurch City Council

Dunedin City Council

Argosy Property Limited

New Forests Asset Management Pty Limited

Silverfin Capital Limited

NZ Retail Property Group Limited

Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc.

Chalmers Properties Limited

Foodstuffs (South Island) Properties Limited

Mitre 10 Holdings Limited

Hiringa Energy Limited

Jasper Property Limited

Hiringa Energy Limited

Tilt Renewables Limited

Trustpower Limited

Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited

Rockit Global Limited

Timaru District Council

Griffin’s Food Limited

Ballance Agri-Nutrients Limited

Rangitata Diversion Race Management Limited

Accident Compensation Corporation

Mt Cardrona Valley WWTP Limited

Argosy Property Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Jasper Property Limited on acquiring the initial seed properties for the Jasper Industrial Income Plus Fund.
  • Advised Silverfin Acquisitions Limited on the acquisition of Countdown Fraser Cove.
  • Advising Cardrona Valley WWTP Limited on the Mt Cardrona Station development.

New Zealand > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Anderson Lloyd's insolvency and restructuring team advises banks, insolvency practitioners, and other creditors and debtors on a broad mix of debt restructuring, liquidation, bankruptcy and enforcement of creditor rights. Christchurch-based Ben Johnston and Simon Munro are the main contacts.

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    Richard Greenaway, CEO

    Anderson Lloyd CEO Richard Greenaway explains how the firm is leading the way for the future.

    What do you see as the main points that differentiate [law firm name] from your competitors?

    At Anderson Lloyd, having been established in 1862, we recognise our responsibilities as custodians of a multi-generational firm, taking care of our people, community and environment. We provide an inclusive workplace, with strong focus on staff wellbeing.

    We drive positive change, leading the way as one of the first law firms to become Toitū carbonzero accredited, as well as being a Living Wage Employer and a foundation signatory of the NZLS Gender Equality Charter.

    We are committed to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Like many New Zealand organisations we are on a journey to understand how we can better uphold this commitment to our founding document and our indigenous people. We have partnered with NAIA – a whānau-owned company committed to helping New Zealand businesses engage meaningfully with Māori to develop a deeper understanding and awareness of te ao Māori (the Maori world view).

    Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

    We have a strong corporate and commercial team who will continue to grow and work on leading projects.

    Our Carbon, ETS and climate change team includes some of our younger partners and tie in well with the sustainability initiatives that we have at a firm level. Our Resource Management practice will continue to grow with upcoming new legislation, and our Employment Team are seen as Thought Leaders in the Employment Law space and articles and opinions have been sought after (especially during the pandemic).

    What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

    We are a leading New Zealand law firm focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients, with a history of supporting the industries that make New Zealand successful.

    Our lawyers are widely recognized for their expertise and the value they deliver, particularly in a pragmatic, business-friendly way. Located in four key economic centers around the country we have more than 150 partners and staff across our offices. We have built cross-practice teams to focus on key strategic areas collaboratively, such as energy and resources, agribusiness and tourism.

    Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

    Yes. Our approach to innovation and adapting to changing times has consistently led to Anderson Lloyd being recognized as industry leaders and we are proud to achieve our ambitions while supporting our clients, our people and our communities. Our staff and systems are fully set up to work from anywhere to the benefit of clients resulting in no downtime during the pandemic. We are using modern automation and AI tools such as Josef and Luminance to provide efficiencies for clients.

    Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

    Aratu Forests partnership and the benefits it will bring to the community is a long term partnership, which will enhance sustainability and biodiversity of the site and region.

    Anderson Lloyd has helped one of the country’s largest forestry plantation owners to broker a deal to plant native trees on unusable land, creating permanent buffers alongside waterways. The 90-year agreement between Aratu Forests and LandNZ means that native trees will be planted on otherwise unusable stretches of land across 33,000 hectares of forestry plantation, mostly in the Gisborne region. Biodiversity and sustainability are becoming an attractive selling point for both investors and lenders, and this is a growing part of Anderson Lloyd’s business.

    Dan Williams, Partner at Anderson Lloyd said that “Ten to 15 years ago, Aratu might have left the unusable forestry land, but now, we can help our clients realise value that’s more than just economic.”

    Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

    Consistency of service and depth of offering is incredibly important to our clients. Ensuring we can operate wherever and whenever, provide the expertise they require across a range of disciplines and have the ability to scale up in busy times are key drivers for us. Having grown from a small to mid, and now large sized law firm, we have grown with sustainability in mind. We endeavour to represent the communities in which we operate with an innovative partnership, 25% of whom are under 40 years old, and maintain one of the highest percentages of women equity partners of any NZ law firm at 42%.