Biotechnology and life sciences

Buddle Findlay provides innovative legal advice in the complex and fast growing areas of biotechnology and life sciences.


We represent a spectrum of clients, from venture backed start-ups, research institutions, to some of the world’s leading biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Our team will guide you through all legal issues in relation to the biotechnology and life sciences industry.  We advise on:

  • Business formation processes and start-up financing, including venture capital finance

  • Structuring an investment in the bio-sciences industry, including any relevant tax structuring

  • Application for, or protection of patent, copyright and trade mark rights

  • Labelling and regulatory compliance, such as in relation to the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms legislation

  • Product liability

  • Competition issues

  • Employment law matters, including executive compensation

  • Software development, distribution and licensing

  • Research and development collaborations and licensing

  • Marketing arrangements

  • Undertaking due diligence, including analysis of all issues specific to the industry

  • Preparation and negotiation of sale and purchase agreements and ancillary commercial agreements, including licensing agreements, confidentiality agreements, distribution agreements, manufacture and supply agreements, intellectual property licensing agreements and software usage agreements.

Work highlights

Advising Rangatira

on the acquisition of laboratory equipment firm Bio-Strategy

Advising ZyGEM

on the acquisition of United States based MicroLab Diagnostics

Advising ZyGEM, a biotechnology company specialising in DNA extraction and testing

on capital raising, third party contracts and corporate restructuring matters

Advising AgResearch, New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute

on various corporate matters, including the fund formation of BioPacificVentures, a NZ$150m life sciences venture capital fund and on the sale of animal vaccine company AgVax Developments to Intervet

Advising Lypanosys, a pharmaceutical company specialising in dermatological products

on a capital raising from various venture capital sponsors, including iGlobe Treasury Management, Cure Kids Ventures, Ice Angels Investments and NZVIF (Seed Fund)

Advising Aquaflow Bionomic, a company pioneering the conversion of naturally occurring algae into biofuel,

on various corporate matters including a capital raising

Our team

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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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 employment, industrial relations and health and safety as well as litigation and dispute resolution…

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