Andrew Monteith

Partner - Property and Real Estate

Andrew is a leading commercial property and infrastructure lawyer who specialises in major development and infrastructure projects.

He provides strategic legal advice to both private and public sector clients on all aspects of commercial property.  His clients include the New Zealand Government, IKEA New Zealand, M&L Hospitality Group Marriott Inc., Tourism Holdings, and Brookfield DCI Data Centers.

Experienced in all forms of contract preparation and negotiation, Andrew assists with procurement strategy, bid evaluation and complex development arrangements, acquisitions and divestments.  He has particular expertise in property due diligence, leasing, large scale developments and subdivisions, joint venture development arrangements, build-to-rent, and public works / public sector procurement.  He is also an expert in New Zealand’s foreign direct investment regime, regularly acting for offshore investors who require consent under the Overseas Investment Act for acquisitions of interests in “sensitive land”.

Sought after by public sector clients to advise on their public/private development arrangements with private sector developers, Andrew acts for the lead Government housing agencies implementing the Government’s core housing affordability policy initiatives, as well as the current national “three water” reform and restructuring of New Zealand’s water assets.

In the private sector, Andrew acts for several significant commercial/retail portfolio owners, assisting them with all aspects of the management of their leasing portfolios, including agreements to lease, new leases, variations and renewals, surrenders, and enforcement actions.

Andrew is recognised in top legal directories, including The Legal 500 Asia Pacific’s Hall of Fame for Real Estate and Construction.  Clients appreciate his strong analytical skills and his balanced, thoughtful, and pragmatic advice.  He has been described by one client as “approachable, friendly, a problem-solver, who understands our business and provides practical advice” – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022.  A compelling and strategic negotiator who deals efficiently with other parties, he is also praised as a lawyer who “understands the difference between what matters and what doesn’t“- Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022.

Andrew is an Officer of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Real Estate Committee.

 

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Professional background

Recent work

Government’s Land for Housing Programme

Acting for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), implementing the Land for Housing Programme.

IKEA New Zealand

Acting for the Ingka Group on its entry into the New Zealand market and the acquisition/development of its first flagship IKEA store in Auckland.

Brookfield DCI Data Centers

Acting for DCI Data Centers on its site procurement and datacentre developments in New Zealand.

Queenstown Lakes District Council

Advising the Queenstown Lakes District Council on its transformational project to unlock and procure a $1 billion mixed use development in central Queenstown.

M&L Hospitality Group

Advising on M&L’s staged acquisition of adjoining commercial properties in Auckland’s CBD for subsequent development into a mixed use integrated multi-storey development including retail, office, hotel, and possible residential use.

Marriott Inc

Advising on development and management arrangements in respect of its New Zealand hotels.

MediaWorks property separation

Advising New Zealand’s largest multi-media group, MediaWorks, on the strategic sale of its television broadcast and production business to global entertainment giant Discovery, Inc.

Admitted

  • 2000, New Zealand

Qualifications

  • LLB, University of Otago

Affiliations

  • Member, Property Council of New Zealand
  • Member, Technical Advisors Panel
  • Officer of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Real Estate Committee

Specialisations

  • Commercial Leasing
  • Government and Local Government
  • Housing Developments
  • Infrastructure
  • Major Projects
  • Property Acquisitions and Disposals
  • Property Development
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate

Awards

  • Ranked as a leading Real Estate lawyer, Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2013-2022
  • Recognised in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific's Hall of Fame - Real Estate and Construction, 2021-2022
  • Recognised for Real Estate Law, Best Lawyers
  • Partner in MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ internationally recognised Tier 1 Real Estate team, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific