CBL Corporation Ltd Shareholder Class Action

IMF is funding proceedings in the High Court of New Zealand against CBL Corporation Limited (CBL) on behalf of shareholders who acquired CBL shares in the period between 7 September 2015 and 8 February 2018 inclusive (Relevant Period) and held some or all those shares at the close of trade on 8 February 2018. IMF is working with Glaister Ennor Lawyers in Auckland and a Counsel team lead by Philip Skelton QC.

To participate, you must sign a Funding Agreement, which you can do by following the instructions provided below.


CBL is the ultimate parent company of CBL Insurance Limited (CBL Insurance), a New Zealand insurer which engaged in the underwriting of French construction insurance. Through a 2015 initial public offering (IPO), CBL was dual-listed on the New Zealand Exchange and Australian Securities Exchange. In February 2018, CBL Insurance was placed into interim liquidation by the High Court of New Zealand following an application by CBL Insurance’s prudential regulator, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Shares in CBL were suspended from trading on 8 February 2018. By May 2019, both CBL and CBL Insurance were placed into liquidation.

Cause of Action

The claim alleges that at the time of CBL’s IPO in September 2015 and at all times up until the suspension of CBL shares in February 2018, CBL breached disclosure requirements imposed on it by the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (NZ) (the Act). The claim alleges that CBL’s breaches of the Act have caused loss and damage to CBL shareholders. Further confidential information about the cause of action is provided as part of the sign-up process.

How much will it cost to be part of the class action?

The class action will be run on a no win - no pay basis, with all costs fully underwritten by IMF. If you sign a funding agreement with IMF, you will not have to pay any fees unless the claims are successfully resolved. IMF will pay the other side's legal costs if the class action is unsuccessful.

Current Status

On 10 December 2019 the High Court in Auckland granted the IMF-funded action leave to proceed against CBL. The matter will return to the High Court in early 2020 for directions.

How do I sign up?

If you acquired shares during the Relevant Period and held some or all of those shares at the close of business on 8 February 2018, you can sign up by clicking on the "Sign Up" button below. If you have any queries, you can contact the IMF Client Liaison Team by email on [email protected] or call 1800 016 464 (within Australia) or + 61 8 9225 2322 (outside of Australia).

The claim is open for sign-up and CBL shareholders are encouraged to complete the online sign-up process or return their documents to IMF as soon as possible.