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International Investment in New Zealand

Our lawyers work with international clients and their advisers to ensure that their investments in New Zealand are a success, with the minimum of fuss.

To enter a new market, you need confidence that you have the best support and advice, on a holistic basis. It is critical to understand both the business environment and the regulatory environment.

Our full service, multi-disciplinary approach means that nothing falls between the cracks.

We are experts at all aspects of investment in New Zealand - whether that be through business or real estate acquisitions, establishment of a new “greenfield” presence, or projects/infrastructure investments (such as public private partnerships).

New Zealand is largely facilitative of overseas investment. However, where significant transactions or acquisitions of sensitive land are involved, early assessment of regulatory requirements is important. Simpson Grierson guides international clients through these regulatory processes successfully. We have advised on Overseas Investment Office (OIO) consent requirements in most industries. 

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

Our Expanding Horizons 2020 report explores feedback from offshore investors who have invested in New Zealand in the last 5 years. It looks at how Covid-19 has changed their plans and sentiment towards the NZ market, and their views on market trends, challenges, and opportunity sectors.

Examples of our work

Mergers & acquisitions

  • Shinsei Bank's proposed NZ$762m acquisition of iconic New Zealand finance company, UDC
  • Finaccess Capital's partial takeover of Restaurant Brands
  • OMV, an Austrian integrated oil and gas company, on its US$578 million acquisition of Shell’s upstream business in New Zealand
  • DLF Seeds, a Danish co-operative, on its NZ$421 million purchase of PGG Wrightson’s seed and grain business

Real estate acquisitions

  • Microsoft's establishment of a new data centre in New Zealand, including its Overseas Investment Office application
  • Great Eagle Holdings, a HKSX-listed real-estate company, on its acquisition and on-going management of the Cordis Hotel Auckland
  • Invesco, a NYSE-listed investment management company, on its 2018 Purchase of 125 Queen Street, Auckland (QBE building) for $214 million and a ½ share of 23 Albert Street, Auckland (ANZ Centre) for $181 million
  • Roxy Pacific, a Singapore based property and hospitality group on its 2017 purchase of 205 Queen Street, Auckland for $174 million

Business establishment

  • The UK’s Dense Air on the establishment of itsNew Zealand small cell business
  • Scania's establishment of its New Zealand presence to in-source distribution