Alastair Gatt

Senior Associate - Property and Real Estate

Alastair is a Scottish lawyer who has been working in New Zealand since 2007.  He has over 30 years’ experience in all forms of commercial, property, and related finance work.

Alastair advises private and public sector clients, including individuals and corporates, on purchases and sales of commercial property and businesses.  He assists clients with purchaser and vendor due diligence, subdivisions, registered leases, and easements.  Alastair has experience in the agri-business sector acting for purchasers and vendors of vineyards, farms, and kiwifruit orchards.  He has also acted for numerous overseas investors in relation to applications for consent to acquire sensitive land under the Overseas Investment Act (OIA).

An expert on commercial leasing, Alastair acts for landlords and tenants in all scenarios, including heads of agreements/terms sheets and agreements to build and rent.  He has advised on leases of major retail malls and large portfolios, through to single commercial premises, and rural/farming and grazing leases.  He regularly prepares and negotiates the lease documentation and assists with interpretation of existing or draft documentation.  He advises on the obligations of both parties, assignments and tenant change of control, and make-good/reinstatement requirements.

Alastair also works in the property side of the retirement village sector – acting for retirement village operators in relation to acquisitions, but also for a major statutory supervisor.

Always approachable and responsive, Alastair enjoys working in partnership with his clients to help them achieve their project goals.  His depth of experience in the real estate industry enables him to provide timely and accurate advice.  Alastair spent the first 18 years of his career practising in both the private and public sectors in Scotland.

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Professional background

Recent work

IKEA New Zealand Limited

Acting for IKEA New Zealand Limited in relation to the acquisition and development of IKEA’s landmark first site in New Zealand.    

Commercial leasing

Providing advice/assistance to private and public sector clients like Go-Bus, Tourism Holdings, Waitemata DHB, AUT Millennium Ownership Trust, and other entities with substantial, local and national, lease portfolios, and to purchasers and vendors on lease aspects of business sales.

Property/leasing advice to Spark

Providing property and leasing advice to Spark, the largest telecommunications provider in New Zealand, including the adoption of new processes/documentation for Spark’s registered lease portfolio.

Helping Waitemata District Health Board roll out the COVID-19 vaccine

Assisting Waitemata District Health Board in securing acceptable terms for a short-term licence of the ex-Warehouse unit in Highbury Shopping Centre, on the North Shore – the DHB’s first vaccination centre.

Commercial subdivisions

Providing advice to developers and individuals on structure, and content of title and associated documentation, in relation to complex industrial subdivisions and subsequent sales.

Retirement villages

Acting for Metlifecare in relation to possible acquisitions of land to grow its property portfolio.  Also acting for Covenant Trustees Services Limited in relation to the preparation and registration of its statutory supervisor security documentation.

Admitted

  • 1989, Scotland

Qualifications

  • LLB, Aberdeen University
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, Aberdeen University

Affiliations

  • Member, Property Council of New Zealand

Specialisations

  • Commercial Leasing
  • Property Acquisitions and Disposals
  • Property Development
  • Overseas Investment

Awards

  • Member of Real Estate team, ranked Tier 1 by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific