Joint ventures


We understand that in joint venture arrangements the participants have a common commercial objective to achieve.

We have extensive experience in drafting incorporated and unincorporated joint venture and shareholder agreements, and assisting parties with their negotiations.  We produce well-structured and practical documents that provide a workable framework for the operation of a joint venture.

Our expert team has worked on joint venture arrangements both domestically and internationally in virtually every sector. 

Our advice covers the most appropriate form and structure for your joint venture, and key issues including how best to record required inputs, the scope of the joint venture business, operational control, governance and business policy.  Our specialists guide our clients in relation to all related issues including future participation, new entrant criteria, adjustments to participation share, and dispute, termination and exit arrangements.

Work highlights

Advising Landcorp Farming

on its joint venture with Pengxin in relation to the Crafar farms

Advising Asciano

on the acquisition of Port of Tauranga's interest in the C3 joint venture

Advising Sky Television

on the formation of its joint venture with Television New Zealand for the new Igloo business

Advising Daiken and ITOCHU

on their joint venture acquisition of CHH’s Rangiora MDF Plant

Advising Auckland Council and Infratil Infrastructure Property

in relation to a joint redevelopment of the Merchant Quarter in New Lynn

Advising various parties

in relation to the drafting and negotiation of joint venture operating agreements for, and the transfers of joint venture interests in, oil and gas exploration and production projects

Our team

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


John Buchan

Partner, Christchurch

John specialises in corporate and commercial law and in particular, commercial property. He acts on a wide range of transactions…

  • DDI +64 3 371 3504
  • M +64 21 900 124


Lisette Hood

Partner, Auckland

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

  • DDI +64 9 358 7037
  • M +64 27 220 5123


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


Peter Owles

Partner, Auckland

Peter specialises in all aspects of banking and financial services law, with over 30 years' experience…

  • DDI +64 9 358 7047
  • M +64 21 750 509


Philip Wood

Partner, Auckland

Philip specialises in providing commercial, IT, telecommunication, media and television/film sector advice including strategic advice…

  • DDI +64 9 357 9385
  • M +64 21 624 356


Rupert Rouch

Partner, Wellington

Rupert specialises in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate advisory matters, including a particular focus on…

  • DDI +64 4 462 0939
  • M +64 21 662 159


Steve Nightingale

Partner, Wellington

Steve specialises in corporate law including capital raising, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, limited partnership…

  • DDI +64 4 498 7312
  • M +64 27 668 2832