International Experience

Cross-border transactions, trade, and disputes need careful navigation. We’ll help you charter new territory using our local and international knowledge.

As a leading full service law firm, we have experts in every aspect of foreign investment and trade, ensuring that you can get on with business while we take care of the legal details.

We act for corporates, businesses, and individuals seeking to invest in or expand their operations in New Zealand.  Our in-depth understanding of the Overseas Investment Act and strong working relationships with the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) (and other regulators) also benefit our clients investing in or entering the New Zealand market. Working together to provide a seamless service for international investors, we can help with:

  • Investment structures and financing
  • Overseas Investment Office (OIO) applications
  • International mergers and acquisitions
  • Employment issues
  • Immigration requirements
  • Tax compliance
  • considerations for engaging with local iwi and other stakeholders
  • Environment and Resource Management requirements
  • Real estate investments, including commercial, industrial, agricultural and forestry

We are also experts on international trade and investments, international arbitrations, and cross-border litigation.

Our global outlook extends beyond advising on New Zealand’s leading sectors.  Many of our lawyers have practised around the world, gaining practical experience and understanding of different legal systems.  We have extensive overseas networks which we can use to help you get the advice you need.  As a member of the international MinterEllison Legal Group we have access to more than 300 partners and 1300 legal staff across the globe, making us part of the largest law firms in the Asia-Pacific region.  This network enables us to provide a full range of legal services to both local and international businesses.

For more information on investing in New Zealand, read our Investing in New Zealand Guide.

Recent work

Major data centre investment

Advising DCI on its acquisition of multiple sites in Auckland for the construction, operation and management of a large-scale data centre. Our work has involved site identification, property due diligence, negotiating the heads of agreement, drafting the sale agreement and settlement. Additional complexities include advising on Overseas Investment Act matters to facilitate DCI’s entry into New Zealand, negotiating construction access neighbouring Auckland Council land and securing pre-settlement site access.

Acquisition of Asaleo Care by Essity

Advising leading global hygiene and health company, Essity, on the New Zealand aspects of its acquisition (via scheme of arrangement) of ASX listed Asaleo Care, valued at AUD788 million. Included advice on the OIO approval process, given the significant business presence of the Asaleo Group in New Zealand.

Acquisition of Fonterra’s Tip Top ice cream business by Froneri

Advising international ice cream company Froneri on its due diligence, competitive bidding process, and negotiations to successfully acquire Fonterra’s $385 million Tip Top ice cream business.

Cross-border white collar and regulatory litigation

Representing New Zealand based individuals and corporates on cross-border regulatory and white collar investigations and litigation, including acting for a director of international shipping company Stolt-Nielsen in an unsuccessful prosecution by the US Department of Justice for alleged criminal cartel violations in the United States Federal Court.

NZD1.2 billion acquisition of Nelson Forests Limited

Advising Campbell Global (a leading global investment manager) and OneFortyOne Plantations Holdings (an Australian forestry company) on their acquisition of 100% of the shares in Nelson Forests Limited. The transaction involved OIO consent and complex property issues relating to the return of land to Māori under a settlement process.

Launching into the New Zealand market

Advising eToro, one of the world’s leading social investment networks, on its launch of various services into the New Zealand market (including crypto trading services), which encompassed various financial regulatory and commercial matters.

Hengyi Pacific (The Pacifica)

Lead construction adviser to international developer, Hengyi Pacific, on all aspects of its procurement, construction, financing, and delivery of the 57-storey luxury ‘The Pacifica’ apartment tower in Auckland’s CBD. Achieving completion in 2021, this tower is New Zealand’s tallest mixed-use development.

Entertainment, film and television

Advising major US and independent studios, producers, distribution companies, financiers and investors in the film and television industry. Our experience includes the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Power Rangers series, Spartacus, and the Ash v Evil Dead series.

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