Overseas investment

We provide strategic and pragmatic advice on the full range of legal services required for overseas investment.  We help clients acquire, establish, expand or reorganise businesses in New Zealand.


We offer advice across the board for international investors wanting to invest in New Zealand - including individuals, and public and private organisations.

Our specialists help you to navigate New Zealand’s complex overseas investment regime

Our team includes leading specialists in corporate law and overseas investment regulation. Our international clients can rely on us to help them navigate New Zealand's complex Overseas Investment Act 2005. We also help to engage with the regulator, the Overseas Investment Office.

We offer strategic advice and assistance to respond to all phases of enforcement action by the Overseas Investment Office.

We are experienced in all aspects of overseas investment

We are extremely well placed to advise on all aspects of investment in New Zealand. We have depth of expertise in the regulation of overseas investment, including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Banking and finance
  • Competition and anti-trust
  • Capital markets
  • Takeovers
  • Taxation
  • Resource management
  • Property
  • Māori and Treaty of Waitangi issues
  • Public law.

Our expertise can be tailored to fit the type of investment or issue. These can range from a small-scale investment within scope of our national security and public order screening regime, to complex multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Work highlights

Nestlé Health Science

We advised Nestlé Health Science on its acquisition of The Better Health Company (which includes the brands GO Healthy and Egmont Honey).  Read more here

Sixth Street Partners

We advised Sixth Street Partners on its acquisition of a cornerstone stake in NZX and ASX-listed Pushpay Holdings and Sixth Street's subsequent participation in a consortium which made a successful take-private bid for Pushpay Holdings.


We advised Brookfield on the New Zealand aspects of its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Intellihub Group.

The Coca Cola Company and Coca Cola Oceania

We advised The Coca Cola Company and Coca Cola Oceania on the acquisition of the Pump, L&P, and Deep Spring brands.

Drylandcarbon Limited Partnership

We advised Drylandcarbon, a limited partnership between Air New Zealand, Contact Energy, Genesis Energy, and Z Energy, on the overseas investment aspects of the establishment of its 10,000-hectare forestry portfolio.

Clevedon-Kawakawa Road Limited and West Drury Holding

We advised Clevedon-Kawakawa Road Limited and West Drury Holding in connection with the Overseas Investment Office investigations that culminated in proceedings before the High Court (Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand v Clevedon-Kawakawa Road Limited [2021] NZHC 1831 and Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand v West Drury Holding Limited [2021] NZHC 704).

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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Nick Bragg

Partner, Auckland

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

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Rupert Rouch

Partner, Wellington

Rupert is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer who advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate …

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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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Susie Kilty

Partner, Wellington

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