Agribusiness, horticulture and forestry

Buddle Findlay provides robust, practical advice on a wide range of agribusiness, horticulture and forestry industry related legal issues, including corporate, commercial, financing and environmental law for entities operating and investing in the sector.


Agribusiness, horticulture and forestry are fundamental to the New Zealand economy.

Our team advises participants at all levels in the sector - producers, processors, investors and exporters - and covers the full range of legal disciplines needed by the sector from resource management, health and safety and intellectual property to foreign investment, corporate structure, commercial contracts and industry regulation.

Our clients include major agribusinesses such as Zespri, Landcorp Farming, Central Plains Water, AgResearch and Landcare Research, numerous cooperative companies, major banks, foreign investors, industry organisations and Government agencies.

Work highlights

Advising Eastpack

New Zealand's largest kiwifruit post harvest operator, on its capital restructure

Advising Zespri Group

from its establishment on all major regulatory, corporate and capital structure issues

Advising Landcorp Farming (owner of over 100 farms in New Zealand)

on numerous acquisitions, disposals, subdivisions, leasing, tenders and farming related agreements

Advising Central Plains Water and the Central Plains Water Trust

on the establishment of New Zealand’s largest irrigation scheme

Advising PSP Investments

on its acquisition of a stake of the Kaingaroa forest (New Zealand's largest forest) and partnership arrangements with Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation

Acting for The Mud House Wine Group

on the sale of its branded wine production business to Accolade Wines

Our team

Charlotte von Dadelszen

Partner, Wellington
Board of Management

Charlotte specialises in leasing, construction and land-related property advice. She has been involved in the development…

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Daniel Kelleher

Partner, Auckland

Daniel has earned his reputation as a leading practitioner in the property sector by developing strong and lasting relationships with…

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David Allen

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in all aspects of resource management, environmental and natural resources law and local government law…

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David Thomson

Partner, Auckland

David specialises in corporate and commercial law with considerable experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures…

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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…

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Hamish Selby

Partner, Auckland

Hamish specialises in intellectual property and leads the Buddle Findlay intellectual property team…

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Mark Odlin

Partner, Christchurch

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

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Miriam Andrews

Partner, Auckland

Miriam specialises in banking and finance. Prior to re-joining Buddle Findlay in 2013, Miriam was transaction director at…

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Nick Bragg

Partner, Auckland

Nick specialises in corporate and commercial law with considerable experience across a broad range of mergers and acquisitions (includi…

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Paul Farrugia

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

Paul specialises in banking and finance law and has a broad range of experience in domestic and cross-border financings with…

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Philip Wood

Partner, Auckland

Philip specialises in providing commercial, IT, telecommunication, media and television/film sector advice including strategic advice…

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Sherridan Cook

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

Sherridan specialises in advocacy and commercial litigation, with considerable expertise and experience in…

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Susie Kilty

Partner, Wellington

Susie specialises in competition, fair trading, overseas investment consents and economic regulation, particularly of infrastructure in…

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Terence Ng

Partner, Auckland

Terence specialises in banking and finance, corporate and commercial, and property law…

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Tony Wilkinson

Partner, Auckland

Tony has a highly regarded practice acting for public and private sector clients. He is the lead tax advisor for Buddle Findlay’s most…

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Willie Palmer

Partner, Christchurch

Willie specialises in commercial litigation including construction, insurance and insolvency law. He has broad experience in…

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