New Zealand

With 50 partners and over 170 legal staff across three offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, we have the resources and experience to advise on all areas of New Zealand law. We help clients achieve a competitive edge in today’s market with clear, commercially focused advice across all of their legal requirements, including commercial, corporate, property, construction, finance, tax, dispute resolution, environmental and government relations issues. We play key roles in mergers and acquisitions, disposals, takeovers, financing, insolvency, restructuring, banking, procurement processes, large scale infrastructure projects and dispute resolution proceedings. Our lawyers have worked in Australia, the US, Asia, Africa, the UK and Europe and are well placed to advise on inbound and outbound trade and investment matters. We advise major New Zealand and multinational players in all industries and sectors of the economy.

    The proposal by the New Zealand Government to create in the Kermadec Ocean one of the world’s largest marine sanctuaries began in splendour and descended into disorder – and all for reasons which experience should have made thoroughly predictable by now. read more

  • New Zealand capital markets outlook for 2017 03 Mar 2017

    New Zealand capital markets are on track to turn in a respectable performance this year, buoyed by solid economic growth, a rally in the dairy price and continuing low interest rates. read more

  • Life in the fast lane challenge for regulators 31 Jan 2017

    Disruption is a term almost certainly overused these days and bordering on the faddish but its effects are powerful and are creating real challenges for regulatory authorities everywhere – and in particular for competition regulators. read more

  • Constitutionally Sounding 16 Nov 2016

    In the aftermath of the US election, it’s natural to ask "are our constitutional arrangements robust?" read more

  • The open plan office - an occupational hazard? 04 Oct 2016

    The actions of a disgruntled loner in a small South Island town in early spring two years ago may have implications for all public-facing service providers in New Zealand and beyond. read more

  • Auckland signs up to long-running construction bonanza 30 Aug 2016

    The Unitary Plan, signed off by Auckland City Council recently, will ignite a long-running construction boom which could transform Auckland from a shambling collection of suburbs to a modern metropolis. read more

  • Supreme Court narrows access to tax deduction on feasibility costs 28 Jul 2016

    The Supreme Court has dismissed Trustpower’s appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision to disallow deductions for “feasibility” costs of over $17 million incurred in obtaining resource consent for four proposed electricity generation projects. read more

  • Overseas investment regime - the shape of things to come 11 Jul 2016

    New Zealand’s foreign investment regime – the Overseas Investment Act (OIA) – has been the subject of increasing criticism in recent times. The good news is the government is finally taking an active interest. The bad news is their proposals don’t go nearly far enough and appear unlikely to resolve some of the investor community’s core complaints read more

  • ‘PAC’ - A competition theory to unpick a dilemma 09 Jun 2016

    The recent Z/Chevron merger, which reduces from four to three the number of big players in the New Zealand retail petrol market, required the Commerce Commission to tackle the thorny matter of tacit collusion. read more

  • Data Sharing - The key to a better society? 12 May 2016

    New Zealand has shameful rates of child abuse and neglect which have proven intractable over time but which the government is hoping will respond to a social investment approach. read more