Privately Owned Businesses

Private business is the backbone of New Zealand’s economy. To stay on top, you need practical and economic legal advice from a team that understands your business.

We work with business owners to overcome legal challenges every day.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur with a big idea, a thriving family business looking to grown or an iconic Kiwi business we can help.

Working alongside you, we will open doors to invaluable expertise, knowledge and experience – guiding you to seize an opportunity or navigate new territory.

It’s our mission to exceed your expectations, not your budget. We offer fixed fee packages for day to day legal work and take a practical approach to complex legal requirements.

"They provide a level of confidence I value enormously. I really do feel as if I am getting a personal service." Chambers Asia Pacific

Recent work

Purchase of Phoenix Distribution NZ Limited We assisted CDB Media to acquire 100% of Phoenix Distribution Limited. A key factor was the ability to renew a key agreement. To manage this, we negotiated a deferment of part of the purchase price, payment of which was subject to Phoenix Distribution renewing the key agreement for a further term. This gave our client comfort that they would not be overpaying in the event the key agreement was not maintainable post acquisition.

Selling Tuatara Brewing Company to DB Breweries We advised on the sale of Wellington craft brewer Tuatara Brewing Company to one of the largest brewers in the world, DB Breweries Limited, achieving a successful exit for founders and shareholders of an iconic Kiwi craft beer business.

MMC Limited bringing on Pencarrow as a 50% stakeholder We advised MMC, a leading Auckland-based fund and investment administration business, in bringing on long-established New Zealand PE investor Pencarrow as a 50% stakeholder. MMC has over $27.5b of clients' funds under administration and is the first investment to be completed through Pencarrow’s $80m Bridge Fund for small-mid market expansions and buyouts.

Who can help

Protect your business

Produced by MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Safetrac's award-winning health and safety courses have been proven to help reduce the risk of your team causing reputational damage, litigation and financial penalties to your business.

Safetrac provides effective legal compliance programmes to motivate behavioural change. The programmes educate and engage everyone in your business.

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