Reuben Woods is a leading corporate M&A partner specialising in private equity, venture capital and early stage companies, equity capital markets and restructuring and insolvency. As expected for a DLA Piper partner, Reuben is very experienced in advising on complicated multi-jurisdictional cross-border deals. He has clients and expertise in the tech sector, food and beverage, media, hospitality and leisure, insurance, aged care and retail.

Reuben has been consistently ranked as a leading individual in Chambers and has a reputation for cutting through deals, with clients describing him as an 'efficient, technically very sound, very commercially astute partner who gets things moving and gets transactions done'.

His experience includes acting: 

  • for the owners of approximately 60 Jetts Fitness gyms on the sale to Australian private equity investor, Quadrant;
  • for US private equity firm Sun Capital on the acquisition by Coveris (portfolio business) of Elldex Packaging from NZX listed Hellaby Holdings, and other transactions; 
  • for Foodstuffs’ corporate venture capital arm on its investment in Eat My Lunch Limited;
  • on the sale of fin-tech business BankLink to MYOB (owned by US private equity investor, Bain) for $136 million; 
  • for cinema software group Vista Entertainment Solutions (NZX listed) on its acquisition of various tech companies including Movio and Numero, and on its IPO and listing on the NZX;
  • for Bankstream on the sale of its fintech business to NASDAQ listed Intuit;
  • for Pressure Technologies plc (listed on the London stock exchange AIM) on the acquisition of the assets of the Greenlane Biogas group located in NZ, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, South Africa and elsewhere
  • for Chinese dairy giant Bright Dairy on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Synlait Milk Limited; 
  • for Foodstuffs on the sale of iconic New Zealand company Bell Tea & Coffee to NZ PE investor Pencarrow; 
  • for Foodstuffs on its acquisition of Liquorland, and for Liquorland on its acquisition of The Mill liquor chain;
  • for the Hiway Stabilizers shareholders on the sale to, and roll-over investment with, Direct Capital private equity; and
  • for Vision Senior Living on multiple rounds of capital raisings with Goldman Sachs private equity funds and on its merger with Metlifecare (creating a merger entity with a market capitalisation exceeding $500 million).

Reuben is a proud descendant and iwi member of Ngāi Tahu.