China 中国

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.


We have the national reach and local knowledge to assist China based clients with doing business in New Zealand.

We are a leading New Zealand corporate law firm, offering comprehensive legal services to both public and private companies on a full range of corporate and commercial issues and transactions. 

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

Increasingly, we are working with Chinese investors (including private investors to high-profile institutional investors) interested in pursuing investment opportunities in New Zealand.  Our team has experience in assisting Chinese investors on financing, negotiating, structuring and securing regulatory approvals for transactions.  In particular, we have extensive experience in advising foreign investors on Overseas Investment Office (OIO) consent requirements, and assisting with transactions that involve acquisitions of sensitive land and business assets in a range of industries.  Our team also work with New Zealand businesses looking to expand their operations into China.

Strongly aware of clients' preferences and requirements, we have the ability of working in both Mandarin and Cantonese languages.

As a leading New Zealand law firm we also have strong working relationships with law firms in Asia, Australia, Canada, Singapore, the United States of America and the United Kingdom, to assist with delivering effective solutions to our clients.

Download our guide to 'Doing Business in New Zealand' here.

Work highlights

Assisting Bank of China

with the establishment of its New Zealand banking operations

Advising Creswell New Zealand, a subsidiary of Nongfu Spring

on its acquisition of a water bottling plant in Otakiri, Bay of Plenty

Advising Pacific Aerospace

shareholders on a 50% investment by Beijing Automotive (BAIC Group) and a co-investment in a joint venture company, Beijing Pan-Pacific Aerospace Technology Company in Beijing

Advising a financing party

to the Beijing Capital Group's acquisition of the New Zealand Transpacific group

Advising GMP Dairy (a major New Zealand infant formula manufacturer and exporter to China)

in relation to various operational matters

Acting for clients

in relation to sales of New Zealand dairy farm and milk processing assets to Chinese investment and milk processing companies

Our team

Daniel Kelleher

Partner, Auckland

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

  • DDI +64 9 358 7022
  • M +64 21 618 535


David Perry

Partner, Auckland

David specialises in banking and financial services, and restructuring and insolvency law. He represents banks and financial…

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


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


Hak Jun Lee

Partner, Auckland

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

  • DDI +64 9 363 0689
  • M +64 27 454 1328


Mark Odlin

Partner, Christchurch
Board of Management

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


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…

  • DDI +64 9 358 7042
  • M +64 21 763 476


Peter Chemis

Partner, Wellington

Peter specialises in employment law, industrial relations and related areas, and leads Buddle Findlay’s national employment team…

  • DDI +64 4 498 7339
  • M +64 27 444 6619


Susie Kilty

Partner, Wellington

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

  • DDI +64 4 498 7356
  • M +64 21 792 134


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