Our business law partners bring big firm expertise, service and systems while providing just the right level of partner involvement, not just occasionally but continuously.
We advise corporate clients on both their day-to-day legal issues and small to medium-sized transactions. We are able to provide cost-effective advice on day-to-day legal issues because we are specialists in commercial law, unlike the transactional specialists in many larger firms.
We also have strong expertise in mergers and acquisitions. Our team has significant experience in a wide variety of transactions for both New Zealand and international clients. For corporates looking to enter into small or medium-sized transactions we offer a partner led service and value, not armies of people.
Our corporate clients include subsidiaries of NZX listed companies, private equity-owned companies and local subsidiaries of multi-national companies. They operate in a range of sectors including manufacturing and processing, food and beverage, importing, exporting, foreign exchange/service provision, retailing and franchising.
Our business law specialists are experts in a wide range of corporate, commercial and transactional work. Our business law team works closely with our property, employment, insolvency and dispute resolution specialists when other expertise is required. Our specific areas of expertise include:
Acquisition and leasing of plant and machinery
Buying and selling of businesses, brands and companies
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution
Contract and toll manufacturing agreements
Corporate governance and strategy
Debt and equity funding
Debt recovery and creditor remedies
Distribution and supply contracts
Employment law issues
Exporting and importing
Franchise, licensing and agency agreements
IT and service provider agreements
International manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements
Liquidator claims for voidable payments
Protecting and commercialising brands and intellectual property
Purchase, leasing and development of property
Sales and marketing laws, including review of labelling, advertising campaigns and marketing promotions
Structuring investments, including joint ventures
Structuring and restructuring businesses
Recent work for corporate clients
Advising on the sale of a leading Australasian foreign exchange/currency services company as part of the sale of the Australasian and English group to a Nasdaq listed purchaser.
Advising a private-equity owned manufacturer on the purchase of a manufacturing business and assets.
Advising a retailer on the sale and (as promoter) “back-door” listing of its business on the NZX main board.
Assisting the New Zealand subsidiary of a large international equipment supplier with its tenders for several turnkey plant construction projects and revising its standard terms of trade.
Review of labelling, advertising campaigns and marketing promotions for a retailer.
Advising a leading food manufacturer on several long term preferential supply agreements and a proposed joint venture.
Acting for a listed retailer on all aspects of its franchising system.
Appearing before the Advertising Standards Authority in relation to comparative advertising claims by and against a client.
Revising the trading terms for a leading manufacturer.
Representing a supplier on a liquidator’s voidable transaction claim.