Corporate law experts handle cross-border merger and Nasdaq listing

The complex transaction involved capital raising, a scrip-for-scrip rollover in Australia, and a delisting and listing on the Nasdaq in the US

Corporate law experts handle cross-border merger and Nasdaq listing

Wynn Williams has played a key role in the complex cross-border merger of a New Zealand intimate apparel company with a US business.

The firm fielded its corporate advisory team to act for Bendon on its merger with Naked Brand. Nick Kovacevich, who joined the firm’s partnership in January, led the team, Wynn Williams told NZ Lawyer.

Bendon ­is known for brands such as Heidi Klum, Stella McCartney, Fredrick's of Hollywood, Hickory, Fayreform and Davenport. Naked Brand, which was listed on the Nasdaq, is a US-based intimate apparel and sleepwear company sold at major retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. 

The corporate advisory team handled New Zealand aspects of the deal, Wynn Williams said. This included capital raising before the listing and a scrip-for-scrip rollover of the New Zealand shareholders in Bendon into a new Australian company called Naked Brand Group.

Naked Brand Group listed on the Nasdaq, under the ticker “NAKD,” while Naked Brand delisted after its shareholders swapped their shares for Naked Brand Group shares.


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