International clients


We are experienced in advising foreign investors and businesses on investing in New Zealand and doing business with New Zealanders.  

New Zealand generally welcomes overseas investment, subject to a degree of regulation depending on the type and amount of the investment, and the sector in which the investment is to be made. We provide practical, comprehensive advice in a timely manner to enable clients to understand and appreciate the New Zealand business marketplace.

We also advise foreign law firms and their clients on the New Zealand legal issues arising from international transactions including the establishment of businesses, governance issues, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, industry-specific local laws, employment issues and dispute resolution. We introduce clients and foreign law firms to our wide network of local service providers who can assist with meeting their New Zealand non-legal needs.

Our expertise
  • International trade, distribution, licensing and agency arrangements
  • Applications for consent to foreign investment in New Zealand business and land
  • New Zealand securities and investment laws
  • New Zealand legal issues arising from international mergers and acquisitions
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Enforcement of foreign judgements in New Zealand
  • Structuring New Zealand investments
  • Incorporation of New Zealand companies and establishment of New Zealand businesses
  • Settlement of New Zealand trusts for high net worth international investors and maintenance of corporate trustee and trust records
  • Notarial services
Recent work for international 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 European client on the requirements to become a financial service provider in New Zealand.
  • Advising a UK law firm on behalf of a global brand on the New Zealand aspects of the local laws for establishing a business in New Zealand.
  • Advising a UK law firm on industry-specific New Zealand laws in the IT/E-commerce sector.
  • Applying for and registering trade marks in New Zealand for German, Canadian, and Australian companies.
  • Providing advice to a US company on intellectual property and employment issues.
  • Enforcing an Australian judgment for an Australian construction client in New Zealand against a debtor resident in the US.
  • Advising overseas law firms on New Zealand’s private placement safe harbours for securities offers.
  • Advising a Middle Eastern client on options for a business presence in New Zealand.
  • Providing advice to a global currency dealer on an international sale.
  • Preparing international distribution agreements for a New Zealand based food manufacturer client in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, the UK and other jurisdictions.
  • Advising and negotiating on behalf of a large New Zealand food contract packer on its contractual arrangements with a global weight-loss brand.
  • Advising a food and beverage shareholder client on a multi-bid auction for the sale of its business to Chinese interests.
  • Advising Chinese clients on investment in New Zealand.
  • Acting as New Zealand counsel advising on a multi-national leveraged buyout.
  • Providing notarial services in New Zealand including notarising documentation to meet the legal requirements for legal systems including Asia, Indonesia the Middle East and South America.
Key contacts
Darryl Key Contact
Darryl King
Business Law
Mark Key Contact
Mark Sullivan
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
David Key Contact
David Alizade
Business Law
Israel Key Contact
Israel Vaealiki
Private Client & Trusts

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

PO Box 3451, Auckland 1140, New Zealand

+64 9 303 3849

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