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.
  • NZ's 'Goldilocks economy' just right for capital markets? 03 Mar 2015

    New Zealand’s not too hot, not too cold outlook which has led to 2015 being dubbed the year of the “Goldilocks economy” may also prove “just right” for capital markets. read more

  • Reserve Bank mortgage lending speed limits a success story? 30 Jan 2015

    Over this period, interest rates remained low by historic standards and the RBNZ lifted the Official Cash Rate (OCR) just once, in March 2014 by one percentage point. Yet the volume of house sales was down 12 per cent since the LVR policy’s introduction. read more

  • Spooked – NZ’s response to the terrorist threat 11 Dec 2014

    New legislation stormed through Parliament this month as New Zealand’s response to suppress the flow of jihadists to Syria and Iraq. The reform, prompted by UN Resolution 2170, is part of a broader rebalancing of individual rights and national security in New Zealand. read more

  • The environment court and the fading beauty 13 Nov 2014

    Several cities across Australia and New Zealand are the beneficiaries of an ambitious and aesthetically charged construction programme by the Australian Temperance & General Life Assurance Society (T&G) in the 1920s and 1930s. read more

  • Everything's peachy on "Planet Key" 26 Sep 2014

    “Planet Key” entered the New Zealand political lexicon when Prime Minister John Key was challenged by the Greens in Parliament two years ago to define his version of nirvana and said (bizarrely) there would be no toilets on Planet Key and that the only greens would be on golf courses. read more

  • The policy decisions behind New Zealand's new disclosure regime 05 Sep 2014

    Disclosure regimes are notoriously difficult to get right, reflecting the inherent tensions among their various objectives – tailoring and comparability, brevity and materiality. read more

  • Low ball offers feeling the heat in New Zealand 05 Aug 2014

    Regulations designed to make life tougher for low ball offers have been in force in New Zealand for almost 18 months and the evidence suggests that they are beginning to make a real difference. read more

  • Looking ahead to a frack-filled future 08 Jul 2014

    Fracking has been established in New Zealand for more than 20 years but confined to the ‘tightsands’ of the Taranaki Basin. That is about to change, however, creating what Environment Commissioner Jan Wright sees as a moment of opportunity to develop a strategic oversight which will put the regulators ahead of the game. read more

  • Retail investor confidence on the rise in NZ capital markets 05 Jun 2014

    Public confidence in New Zealand’s capital markets is rising, according to a poll last month by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA), and part of the reason may be a better legal framework. read more

  • Plain packaging and international law: thoughts from across the ditch 07 May 2014

    In most respects, New Zealand likes to be independent. This often means differentiating itself from, and sometimes competing with, its next door neighbour. This tendency is perhaps most pronounced on our sports fields, but extends also to international law issues read more