Food and beverage

Buddle Findlay's experts have worked on some of the largest deals in food and beverage over the past decade; advising clients on everything from regulatory compliance through to commercial contracting and dispute resolution.


Our award winning team of experts have worked on some of the largest deals in the food and beverage industry over the past decade.

We advise clients on all issues associated with the food and beverage industry, ranging from industry and regulatory compliance, commercial contracting, mergers and acquisitions, and dispute issues.

We have specialist staff and strong experience in the New Zealand food and beverage industry.  This experience is the result of many years working with a range of businesses from niche, New Zealand brands to high profile, international brands such as Nestlé, Arnotts, and Zespri.  We have completed some of the largest acquisitions in this sector in New Zealand history, including Frucor Beverages and Independent Liquor. 

We regularly advise both New Zealand and international clients on:

  • Planning for, and facilitating, the acquisition of food and beverage businesses, including preparing and negotiating sale and purchase agreements, advising on takeover law and undertaking due diligence for both vendors and purchasers

  • Structuring investments, including joint ventures and partnerships (and limited partnerships) and advising on appropriate tax planning

  • Structuring and negotiating co-packing and third-party manufacturing agreements, procurement, distribution, sales and supply-chain agreements

  • Branding strategy, including trade mark, patent and copyright protection and supporting intellectual property rights by managing disputes and conducting intellectual property audits

  • Marketing and promotional activities, including sponsorships, advertising, endorsements, pricing strategies and competitions

  • Consumer protection laws, including issues around compliance with the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, the Fair Trading Act 1986 and the Commerce Act 1986

  • Structuring and implementing franchising and licensing arrangements

  • Acquisition and leasing of plant and machinery and commercial and industrial land, including obtaining environmental permits

  • Employment law and health and safety regulations, including employee benefits and issues around the protection of vulnerable employees

  • Preparing permit applications and advising on regulatory compliance for manufacturing, importing, exporting, distribution and advertising, including food labelling and liquor licensing

  • Gaining regulatory approval under the Overseas Investment Act 2005.

Work highlights

Advising the Mud House Wine Group

on the sale of its wine brands and other assets to Accolade Wines and the sale of 400 hectares of vineyards to CK Life Sciences

Advising Bancorp and management

on the sale of pork processer Premier Bacon to Affinity Equity Partners portfolio company, Primo Foods

Advising Intermediate Capital Group

on the provision of mezzanine debt and equity finance to the Affinity Equity Partners led consortium acquisition of Tegel Foods

Advising Imanaka

on the acquisition of Cedenco Foods (in receivership and liquidation)

Advising Suntory

on its NZ$1.4b acquisition of the Frucor Beverages Group, including comprehensive pre-acquisition due diligence and advice on competition issues, branding and intellectual property

Brand protection and management in New Zealand and overseas

for New Zealand Pork Industry, Board New Zealand Game Industry Board and the PITANGO, MR APPLE and NAKED brands, Eve’s Pantry, Ruth Pretty Catering and various cafes, bars and restaurants including Bar 101, Shenanigans, The Furnace, The Helm, Easy Tiger, Bangalore Polo Club and Cigana

Our team

Alastair Hercus

Partner, Wellington

Alastair specialises in public and commercial law. He advises clients on legislative design, decision-making by statutory bodies…

  • DDI +64 4 498 7318
  • M +64 21 449 993


David Thomson

Partner, Auckland

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

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


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


Hamish Selby

Partner, Auckland

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

  • DDI +64 9 363 0703
  • M +64 21 473 529


Nick Bragg

Partner, Auckland

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

  • DDI +64 9 363 0769
  • M +64 21 818 142


Sherridan Cook

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

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

  • DDI +64 9 357 1858
  • M +64 27 545 9768


Terence Ng

Partner, Auckland

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

  • DDI +64 9 363 0688
  • M +64 21 281 2688