Asia business

We have a real understanding of Asia, both culturally and socially.  We bring our expertise, language skills and contacts to work for New Zealand businesses, as well as helping our Asian clients conduct business within the New Zealand economy.


Buddle Findlay is one of the national law firms in New Zealand that has a banking practice with an Asian business team dedicated to helping clients maximise opportunities.  We are also extremely well placed to advise on all aspects of investment in New Zealand, having extensive knowledge and expertise in cross-border transactions.


We are actively working with Asian companies and financial institutions that are interested in pursuing investment opportunities in New Zealand.  Our firm has extensive experience in advising foreign investors on all aspects of the New Zealand regulatory landscape that may be relevant to them, including financing, corporate advisory, structuring and securing regulatory approvals for transactions.


We advise on a broad range of international and domestic financing transactions for clients based both in New Zealand and offshore (such as China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore).  We regularly advise clients in relation to investment structure, setting up businesses and acquiring assets in New Zealand.


We speak your language.  From our partners to solicitors, Buddle Findlay's Asia business team includes native speakers of Cantonese, Mandarin and Korean.

  • Member of the New Zealand China Trade Association and the China Chamber of Commerce

Work highlights

Acting for all New Zealand registered Chinese bank lenders

in transactions involving property finance, acquisition finance and foreign corporate and individual guarantees

Acting for leading Chinese airlines

on all of its legal requirements in New Zealand (from employment to contract negotiations)

Acting for a Chinese bank registered in New Zealand

on a NZ$100m loan facility to a New Zealand borrower with a Singaporean publically listed parent company

Acting for a Chinese wholly owned subsidiary

on a NZ$50m revolving credit facility provided by a Chinese bank

Acting for various individuals and corporations

in successfully obtaining consent (including retrospective consents) relating to the Overseas Investment Office

Advising a Chinese listed company

on the acquisition of a New Zealand business and advising on corporate governance in New Zealand

Our team

Terence Ng

Partner, Auckland

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

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Hak Jun Lee

Partner, Auckland

Hak Jun specialises in banking and financial services and has extensive experience in property law and overseas investment…

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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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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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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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Scott Abel

Partner, Auckland

Scott specialises in insolvency and debt restructuring, corporate and secured finance, and specialist personal property security and…

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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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