Overseas investment

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


Our team offers advice across the board for those wishing to invest in New Zealand, including individuals, and public and private organisations.

Our team includes specialists in corporate and public law who regularly assist clients with obtaining overseas investment consents.  Our international clients can rely on these specialists to help them navigate New Zealand's complex overseas investment regime and engaging with the regulator, the Overseas Investment Office.

We are extremely well placed to advise on all aspects of investment in New Zealand because of the depth of our expertise in mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, competition and anti-trust, capital markets, takeovers, taxation, resource management, property, Māori and Treaty of Waitangi issues, and public law.

Work highlights

Advising Nestlé Health Science

on the acquisition of The Better Health Company (which includes the brands GO Healthy and Egmont Honey)

Advising Kinetic

on its acquisition of Go-Bus

Advising Caltex Australia

on its NZ$340m acquisition of Gull New Zealand

Advising Creswell New Zealand, a subsidiary of Nongfu Spring

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

Advising JVC Kenwood, a Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed company

on its acquisition of 40% of the shares of Christchurch-based Tait International

Advising Newell Brands

on its NZ$660m acquisition of Sistema Plastics

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


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


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


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


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


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