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Workshop 3

M&A in Corporate Strategy: Understanding the place of M&A in your Corporate Strategy

7.30 - 9.30am, Wednesday 17 September 2014, Stamford Plaza, Auckland

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Improved business confidence and successful capital raisings have contributed to an increase in M&A activity. But is M&A an automatic ticket to strategic success?

  • Initiating and understanding the opportunity.
  • What are the factors critical to success?
  • Where are the main risks, and why do some processes fail?
  • Strategic adviser’s, governance and corporate financier’s perspectives.


David Hay
Director, Antipodes Consult Limited

David has extensive corporate finance and capital markets background in the UK and New Zealand. In 1998 David established Antipodes Capital, a specialist corporate finance advisor to large NZ and multinational companies.

 He has had five years’ experience with Southpac, an Australasian investment banking subsidiary of NBNZ and of Lloyds Bank Plc and has acted for a number of clients as a director, responsible for their interests in businesses in NZ, Australia and the USA.

David is a member of the Auckland Grammar School Board of Trustees.

Watch the interview with David here



Richie SmithRichie Smith
Principal, Richie Smith Limited

Richie is a full time company director based in Lake Tekapo. He has a background in the New Zealand rural business having worked in the meat industry for 10 years and also serving as Chief Executive of one of New Zealand’s largest farmer supply co-operatives.

Currently he is chairman of the Hilton Haulage Transport Group, a director of rural petroleum distributor SouthFuels and NorthFuels, a director of Ngai Tahu Farming and a past chairman and CEO of Farmside, the rural telecommunications business.

Mergers and acquisitions have been an integral part of Richie’s career, primarily from a CEO’s position and more recently at a governance level. Being involved in mergers and acquisitions from farmer-owner co-operatives to private companies and listed corporates has provided plenty of opportunities for mistakes, lessons and successes.

Watch the interview with Richie here


Andrew BashfordAndrew Bashford
Head of Corporate Finance and Corporate Relationships
Westpac Institutional Bank

Andrew is Head of Corporate Relationships, Head of Corporate Finance and a member of the Leadership Team for the Corporate & Institutional division of Westpac New Zealand Limited.

He has 20 years of commercial and investment banking experience, joining Westpac Institutional Bank in 2003 when he returned to New Zealand after three years in London with the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse First Boston.

Prior to that Andrew worked for Southpac Corporation Limited and Ord Minnett Securities-NZ-Limited, New Zealand based specialist corporate finance houses.

Watch the interview with Andrew here