We are New Zealand's leading adviser to cooperatives and mutuals. The significance of the cooperative sector is not often appreciated. According to research commissioned by the UN in 2013/14 cooperatives in New Zealand:
Comprise 20% of New Zealand's GDP
Have the highest ratios of gross revenue to GDP, and employees to population, in the world.
We advise cooperatives, mutual, and businesses operating on cooperative principles on a full range of issues, including establishment, capital structure and constitutional issues, securities and financial law compliance, operational issues and mergers and acquisition.
We also advise Cooperative Business New Zealand, the industry body for the sector on all legislative and regulatory issues affecting the sector.
Advising New Zealand Honey Producers Co-operative
on the sale of New Zealand Honey to Comvita and negotiation of a long-term honey supply agreement
Advising rural supply co-operative Farmlands Trading Society
on its merger with CRT
Advising Satara Co-operative Group, a NZAX listed kiwifruit post harvest operator
on its merger with EastPack
Advising Cooperative Business New Zealand
on all regulatory issues including obtaining Securities Act Exemption Notices, the application of IFRS accounting standards to cooperative shares, and development and implementation of the Financial Adviser and Financial Market Conduct legislation
Advising the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of Primary Industries
on the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001 and all subsequent reviews of the Act, the capital structure of Livestock Improvement Corporation and proposed trading of Fonterra shares among Fonterra farmers
Advising numerous cooperative clients including Alliance Group, Ravensdown, MG Marketing, and Farmlands Trading Society, Delta Produce, ITM, Seasonal Solutions Cooperative and Capricorn Society
Board of Management
Alastair specialises in public and commercial law. He advises clients on legislative design, decision-making by statutory bodies…
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