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 expertise
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
  • Consumer law
  • 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
  • Procurement contracts
  • 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.
Key contacts
Darryl Key Contact
Darryl King
Business Law
David Key Contact
David Alizade
Business Law

Level 13, 41 Shortland Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

PO Box 3451, Auckland 1140, New Zealand

+64 9 303 3849

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