International

International connections

Buddle Findlay is a leading corporate law firm - one that appreciates the fact business is not approached in exactly the same way all over the world. Our team commits a large amount of time to understanding the perspective of offshore clients wishing to invest throughout New Zealand.

Overview

Buddle Findlay is one of the leading New Zealand commercial and public law firms with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and a global reach of contacts and experience.

We work with international companies and their advisers interested in pursuing investment opportunities in New Zealand, including private investors and high-profile institutional investors.  Our teams have extensive experience assisting investors on financing, negotiating, structuring and securing regulatory approvals for transactions.  We have extensive experience in advising inbound investors on all regulatory requirements including Overseas Investment Office (OIO) consent requirements.  Our team also work with outbound New Zealand businesses, looking to expand their investments and operations overseas.

Our clients include national and multi-national corporations, private equity and venture capital funds, banks and financial institutions, state-owned enterprises, government departments, and local and other statutory authorities.

We maintain close relationships with a number of law firms worldwide, including in Asia, Australia, Canada, Singapore, the United States of America and the United Kingdom.  Most of our partners and senior associates have spent time working in major firms in a number of jurisdictions and many of them have been admitted to practice in those jurisdictions.  We have established a reliable network of strong international affiliations through a combination of cross referrals, transactional experience and membership of relevant international organisations.

We are strongly aware of clients’ preferences and requirements. We have the ability of working in Mandarin and Cantonese languages.

  • Member of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)


Work highlights

Advising Chevron

on the 2015 sale of Chevron New Zealand to Z Energy, and on the sale of Chevron's shareholding in The New Zealand Refining Company

Advising Innovation Network Corporation of Japan

on its consortium with Oji Holdings to acquire the Carter Holt Harvey pulp, paper and packaging business for NZ$1b

Advising GE

on the 2015 sale of GE Capital's New Zealand business

Advising BCS

on the sale of BCS Group to Daifuku Japan

Advising Singapore Post

on its acquisition of Famous Pacific Shipping

Advising Olam International

on the full takeover of NZ Farming Systems Uruguay

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Our team

David Perry

David Perry

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

David specialises in financial services and restructuring and insolvency law. He represents banks and financial institutions in the...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7020
  • M +64 21 632 268

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David Thomson

David Thomson

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

David specialises in corporate and commercial law. His practice includes business acquisitions and divestments, joint ventures and...

  • DDI +64 9 363 0750
  • M +64 21 668 593

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Frank Porter

Frank Porter

Partner, Auckland

Frank specialises in aviation, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), banking, project finance and procurement. Frank advises local and...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7016
  • M +64 21 635 646

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Grant Dunn

Grant Dunn

Partner, Auckland

Grant specialises in corporate and commercial law and has over 20 years experience. He previously spent six years with the London...

  • DDI +64 9 363 0636
  • M +64 21 888 812

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John Glengarry

John Glengarry

Partner, Auckland
Patent Attorney

John specialises in intellectual property law and has extensive experience in New Zealand and overseas. John's practice covers the...

  • DDI +64 9 357 9391
  • M +64 21 678 198

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Lisette Hood

Lisette Hood

Partner, Auckland

Lisette specialises in corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on commercial contracting, corporate legal advice to...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7037
  • M +64 27 220 5123

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Mark Odlin

Mark Odlin

Partner, Christchurch

Mark specialises in corporate and commercial law and advises on a range of financial, commercial and corporate law matters, including...

  • DDI +64 3 371 3525
  • M +64 21 753 769

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Neil Russ

Neil Russ

Partner, Auckland

Neil leads Buddle Findlay's tax practice. He specialises in corporate and international tax issues, as well as structured transactions...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7002
  • M +64 21 349 668

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Peter Owles

Peter Owles

Partner, Auckland

Peter is a specialist in all aspects of banking and finance law, with over 25 years experience. As well as general banking and finance...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7047
  • M +64 21 750 509

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Simon Vodanovich

Simon Vodanovich

Partner, Auckland

Simon specialises in corporate, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and the laws relating to financial markets conduct. He advises on...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7032
  • M +64 21 612 810

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