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Deutsche Bank and its 49.9% Craigs Investment Partners secure 1st Treasury SOE selldown advisory role

Deutsche Bank and its 49.9% Craigs Investment Partners secure 1st Treasury SOE selldown advisory role

Treasury says it has appointed Deutsche Bank and Craigs Investment Partners, which is 49.9% owned by Deutsche Bank, as financial advisors for preparatory work it's doing ahead of potential state owned enterprise (SOE) selldowns.

As reported by last week, Deutsche Bank has landed the highly sought after role, although Cameron Partners, thought to also be in the mix, has missed out.

John Crawford, Treasury's general manager, said Deutsche and Craigs were picked after a "rigorous assessment process from a strong line up of credible candidates.” Indeed, a proverbial who's who of the investment banking world threw their hats in the ring.

The National-led government has instructed Treasury to conduct preparatory work to enable partial sales of Mighty River Power, Meridian Energy, Genesis Energy, and Solid Energy and to reduce the Crown’s 74.69% shareholding in Air New Zealand, with the Crown retaining a majority stake in all the companies. The issue of partial SOE sales is shaping as a key election year issue, ahead of the November 26 general election, with National pledging to push ahead with the sales should it be re-elected and Labour strongly opposing the plan.

"Deutsche Bank and Craigs Investment Partners will provide advisory and project management services, starting immediately," Crawford said. "This contract period ends prior to the November general election."

Treasury will next be seeking another party, or parties, to do scoping studies on the proposed selldowns.

Any SOE selldowns, through sharemarket floats expected to give local investors a leg up over their international counterparts, would happen over a three to five year period starting in 2012. Treasury estimates implementation of this so-called mixed ownership model would free up between NZ$5 billion and NZ$7 billion of capital, to be put towards other areas of government spending.

Touted as a way of boosting "ma and pa" retail investors' investment opportunities away from property and collapsed finance companies, the SOE floats are also seen as a way of kicking some life into a moribund domestic sharemarket whilst the Government still retains control of the companies.

Should the selldowns ultimately go ahead, there will be further advisory/management mandates sought, including those of actually floating the companies on the sharemarket. Ultimately, asset sales of such scale are likely to lead to tens of millions of dollars in advisors' fees to investment bankers and the big legal and accounting firms.

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And so it begins, the fee & commission clock is on , and what do you know two of the most crooked banks going have the rights. Just watch & see how badly the country comes out of this on once it's over. Its like being robbed by the same folk who have already robbed us. Still at least we might be able to pay the interest bill for a year or two. Makes me sick this sort of thing


Yes - reminds me of an oldie:

About sums it up.



Most of the voters are against these asset sales but they will still vote National, when will we ever learn. Probably have to wait until they have bankrupted us but that will not be long.


Here's what Deutsche & Craigs had to say about their appointment:

Deutsche Bank AG and Craigs Investment Partners today announced their appointment as sole Crown Financial Advisor by New Zealand’s Treasury to provide advisory and project management services on the extension of the Mixed Ownership Model of State-owned assets.
The assignment covers Mighty River Power, Meridian Energy, Genesis Energy and Solid Energy and options to reduce the Crown’s shareholdings in Air New Zealand, with the Crown retaining a majority stake in all companies.
Deutsche Bank New Zealand CEO Brett Shepherd said, “the combination of Deutsche Bank and Craigs Investment Partners means the Crown has advisors with an unequalled combination of New Zealand capital markets knowledge and global IPO and government advisory experience.”
Craigs Investment Partners Managing Director Frank Aldridge said, “we are excited to be involved in designing a program that meets the Crown’s objectives, including broadening the participation of New Zealand investors in our capital markets.”
The role commences immediately.