Our overseas investment specialists have a strong track record of completed transactions, across a wide range of industries. We have advised on Overseas Investment Office (OIO) consent requirements in most industries. We advise on transactions across the spectrum, from personal investment to large-scale institutional takeovers.
Our project leaders draw upon expert support from all areas of the firm. This enables us to provide a fully integrated service and ensures investors receive advice from the right expert.
We are well-connected to policymakers. This connection allows us to advise on regulatory changes, as they happen. Simpson Grierson partner and overseas investment specialist, Don Holborow, is a member of the Technical Reference Group for the Government's current review of the Overseas Investment Act. We maintain positive and close working relationships with all relevant regulators.
- Matariki Forests Group - OIO issues arising out of the proposed sale of Matariki Forests Group's New Zealand business (New Zealand's third largest forest estate), including preparation of template OIO documents for bidders
- Kirin Holdings - OIO approval for the acquisition of Lion Breweries
- BG Group - OIO approval for the proposed takeover of Origin Energy (including a majority stake in Contact Energy), involving consideration of the "strategically important infrastructure" test
- Otahuna Lodge, Canterbury - OIO approval for the purchase of one of New Zealand's most historically significant homes by overseas buyers
- The Westervelt Company - OIO approval for the purchase of a highly sensitive 6,500ha property near Taupo, identified by the OIO prior to sale as a property of particular interest to the OIO
- Fulton Hogan - OIO issues arising out of its sale of EnviroWaste Services, including preparation of template OIO documents for bidders
- Fletcher Building divisions, Winstone Aggregates, Firth Industries and Fletcher Residential - OIO approval for various acquisitions of quarry, industrial and residential land
- Obtaining the first OIO exemption for a "top-hat" redomicile scheme, involving New Zealand's largest gold mining venture