Corporate & Commercial Law

Business owners often face a variety of challenges needing strategic and practical legal advice. Whether you are conducting a property deal, negotiating an acquisition, merger or supply contract, structuring a new business or restructuring an existing one, you need advice to help you achieve your goals.

From entrepreneurial start-ups, small to medium enterprises (SMEs), and larger corporate entities, our Corporate and Commercial team are recognised as leaders in their field. Our commercial lawyers help clients of all sizes solve a wide range of corporate and commercial problems.

Our business lawyers also work alongside companies and commercial clients to grow their businesses and help them to remain successful by navigating risk; protecting their best interests for the long term; and advising on options for business succession.

Our team are able to assist with a variety of matters, including:

  • Advising on buying a business or selling one (both asset and share sales).

  • Forming and structuring commercial entities.

  • Drafting founding documents (e.g. shareholder, partnership and joint venture agreements).

  • Advising on and drafting commercial contracts and terms of trade.

  • Providing succession advice for business owners.

  • Advising on commercial and shareholder disputes.

  • Refinancing.

Notable experience:

  • Acting on various business sales ranging from $100k to $30m - including the sale and purchase of several restaurants forming part of a significant franchised business.

  • Successfully negotiating the terms of acquisition of assets from a company in liquidation where time was of the essence.

  • Acting on a number of multi-million-dollar shareholder disputes.

  • Advising the Canterbury Cricket Trust on its development of Hagley Oval into a world class international cricket venue.

  • Drafting Rules and Constitutions for some of New Zealand’s largest sporting entities.