International connections

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.


Buddle Findlay is one of the leading New Zealand commercial and public law firms with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and a global reach of contacts and experience.

We work with international companies and their advisers interested in pursuing investment opportunities in New Zealand, including private investors and high-profile institutional investors.  Our teams have extensive experience assisting investors on financing, negotiating, structuring and securing regulatory approvals for transactions.  We have extensive experience in advising inbound investors on all regulatory requirements including Overseas Investment Office (OIO) consent requirements.  Our team also work with outbound New Zealand businesses, looking to expand their investments and operations overseas.

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

We maintain close relationships with a number of law firms worldwide, including in Asia, Australia, Canada, Singapore, the United States of America and the United Kingdom.  Most of our partners and senior associates have spent time working in major firms in a number of jurisdictions and many of them have been admitted to practice in those jurisdictions.  We have established a reliable network of strong international affiliations through a combination of cross referrals, transactional experience and membership of relevant international organisations.

We are strongly aware of clients’ preferences and requirements. We have the ability of working in Mandarin and Cantonese languages.

  • Member of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)

Work highlights

Advising Chevron

on the 2015 sale of Chevron New Zealand to Z Energy, and on the sale of Chevron's shareholding in The New Zealand Refining Company

Advising Innovation Network Corporation of Japan

on its consortium with Oji Holdings to acquire the Carter Holt Harvey pulp, paper and packaging business for NZ$1b

Advising GE

on the sale of GE Capital's New Zealand business

Advising BCS

on the sale of BCS Group to Daifuku Japan

Advising Singapore Post

on its acquisition of Famous Pacific Shipping

Advising Olam International

on the full takeover of NZ Farming Systems Uruguay

Our team

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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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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Lisette Hood

Partner, Auckland

Lisette specialises in corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on commercial contracting, corporate governance and merge…

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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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Sarah McEwan

Partner, Auckland

Sarah specialises in corporate and commercial law with a broad range of experience in capital markets and securities transactions…

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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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Terence Ng

Partner, Auckland

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

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