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International Investment

Our specialists work with international companies looking to invest and do business in New Zealand.

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 and maintain positive and close working relationships with all relevant regulators.

Our Doing Business in New Zealand Guide provides a concise introduction to New Zealand's business and trading environment, with particular focus on legal and regulatory matters. 

Examples of our work

  • Fairfax Financial Holdings - proposed $197 million takeover of NZX-listed Tower by way of scheme of arrangement​
  • Shanghai Maling Aquarius - purchase of a 50% interest in Silver Fern Farms
  • Bright Dairy & Food Company - Synlait Milk IPO and associated partial sell-down by its shareholders, the first IPO in the New Zealand dairy industry with a foreign cornerstone investor (and the first Australasian IPO involving a Chinese joint venturer)
  • Inner Mongolia Yili - acquisition and construction of a $210 million milk processing facility
  • 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
  • Obtaining the first OIO exemption for a "top-hat" redomicile scheme, involving New Zealand's largest gold mining venture