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.
  • Liberty and security in the lucky country? 07 Apr 2016

    Not since the Rainbow Warrior was scuppered by French agents in Auckland harbour in 1985 has New Zealand sustained a death due to international espionage, and our two other recent experiences involving terrorism or surveillance owe more to Mr Bean than to Mr Bond. read more

  • NZ market trends for 2016 08 Mar 2016

    While New Zealand will not be immune should the current jumpiness in global markets develop into something more sinister, 2016 has got off to a solid start and current indications are that this will continue. read more

  • A quiet revolution in government investor management 11 Feb 2016

    The Prime Minister devoted his first major speech of the 2016 political year to an announcement that the government will put up the funding to bring forward two major transport projects in Auckland. read more

  • Business law harmonisation – yeah, nah 18 Dec 2015

    Trans-Tasman harmonisation is a large factor in New Zealand business law development – but not an over-riding one. read more

  • New capital markets regime off to strong start 10 Nov 2015

    A key purpose of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMCA) is to encourage innovation in capital markets and the evidence from the first 18 months is that it is already delivering on that aspiration. read more

  • New health and safety regime from 4 April 23 Sep 2015

    The Health and Safety at Work Act was finally passed last month and will come into force on 4 April 2016 – five and a half years after the Pike River Mine disaster which precipitated the reform. read more

  • FMA thinks outside the box 15 Jul 2015

    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has reached for an imaginative solution to protect the New Zealand public against a New Zealand couple who are already subject to banning orders in Australia. read more

  • The Prince, the mother, and the principle of legality 11 Jun 2015

    Two recent judgments – one relating to the release of Prince Charles’ letters to members of the Blair Cabinet, the other to an anti-discrimination claim brought by the mother of a profoundly disabled son – have engaged appellate courts in an analysis of fundamental principles underlying the rule of law. read more

  • Voidable transactions – developments in New Zealand Courts 14 May 2015

    The New Zealand Court of Appeal, in a judgment it expects will be “significant for both liquidators and creditors generally”, has unanimously found that the peak indebtedness rule is not part of the law in New Zealand. read more

  • Substance must follow form in parent/subsidiary relationship 10 Apr 2015

    A recent High Court judgment in New Zealand has provided a timely reminder of the importance in a group corporate structure of ensuring that subsidiary companies have a separate commercial existence to match their separate legal existence. read more