LLB • Auckland
Greg heads the firm's Real Estate National Practice Group. He is an expert in property law and property development work.
Greg's experience includes acting on large infrastructure, energy, forestry, farm and commercial real estate transactions, land acquisitions, and providing property and due diligence advice on many significant corporate transactions.
He has extensive experience on large scale residential and commercial property development (including complex canal and integrated resort developments). Greg also has experience in hotel developments (including resort developments in Fiji), and commercial leasing.
Greg is also an expert on overseas investment, providing advice on property related investments by overseas persons, undertaking land investigations, and preparing applications for Overseas Investment Office approval.
Greg enjoys working alongside his clients helping them commence and complete their real estate projects.
Greg has previously sat on the Board at Simpson Grierson and is currently the Leader of the Real Estate National Practice Group.
Greg is a member of UDINZ, PINZ, NZFI and the Property Council.
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2023
Lead advisor on Fletcher Residential’s land acquisitions and residential developments. Currently acting on the redevelopment of the Stonefields and Three Kings quarries into high density residential areas and the urban redevelopment of Waiata Shores (previously the Manukau golf course) as a new Auckland suburb and other large urban developments at Whenuapai, Hobsonville Point, Kowhai Ridge - Massey, Karaka, Drury and Flat Bush. Along with obtaining OIO standing consent (first in New Zealand) for its residential land acquisitions.
New Zealand Carbon Farming
Acting in relation to its New Zealand wide forestry leasing program, acquisition of existing forest land and farm land for new forest plantings (for its ETS program).
Assisting Vivid Living with the establishment of 2 new retirement (lite) villages, including developing the template form of ORA for those developments.
Acted on purchase of ANZ Bank towers, 205 Queen Street and of NZI Building, 1 Fanshawe Street, Auckland CBD.
Acting on the acquisition of the Museum Arts (QT) Hotel and of the management rights for Rydges in Wellington and on various other hotel management and leasing matters for its Event Hospitality, including its Event and Rialto cinema operations.
Acted on purchase of Shore City shopping centre.
Assisting Scentre Group with its retail leasing portfolios in its Westfield malls.
Advising MercyAscot on various land acquisitions and leasing arrangements for its hospital and medical operations.
Canal developments throughout New Zealand, including Pauanui Waterways, Marsden Cove, and Whitianga Waterways.
Acting on its viticulture acquisition program.
Sale of a half interest in its New Zealand supermarket property portfolio.
Acted for an overseas investor on the purchase of 2,000 ha of farmland in Taranaki (for forestry planting) and on obtaining Overseas Investment Office approval.
Otahuna Lodge, Canterbury
Advising the overseas purchasers and obtaining Overseas Investment Office approval.
Advising on and negotiating an agreement to lease (design and build) and deed of lease from Goodman for a manufacturing and warehousing facility at the M20 Business Park in Manukau.
Development and sale of hotel sites, commercial and residential sections, and the leasing of commercial areas at Denarau Island, Fiji.
Property advice on corporate transactions, including the proposed purchase by British Gas of Contact Energy assets; Kirin’s purchase of Lion Breweries; advising on property rights relating to the establishment of wind farms and solar power generation assets, the purchase of Whitcoulls and Books & More stores by United Kingdom company WH Smith, the purchase of Clear by Telstra, the joint venture between Auckland One and Westfield, the purchase of the Viking Pacific group, the initial public offering for Gullivers, and the purchase of the Mainland, Tip Top and Top Hat properties.
St Moritz, Queenstown
Unit titling and sale of hotel apartments.
Acting for purchasers of land at Tara Iti, Te Arai Point.