With a stable government and low regulatory hurdles, New Zealand presents many opportunities for international investors. We act extensively for multinationals, foreign investors and high net-worth individuals on the New Zealand aspects of international investments, cross-border mergers, joint ventures and acquisitions. We also advise international clients on disputes and wider commercial legal advice.

Our clients value our global outlook and strong international connections. Many of our partners and lawyers have practiced extensively in other jurisdictions, including the UK, the US, Canada, and Australia. This gives us valuable first-hand experience working across borders and an appreciation for the cultural, legal, political and economic differences that impact international transactions.

TerraLex international legal network

We work closely with legal specialists in Australia and internationally through our membership of TerraLex. TerraLex is one of the largest legal networks in the world, providing access to more than 19,000 legal professionals world-wide. Partners travel regularly across Australia, Asia, the US, the UK and Europe maintaining relationships with our key clients and referrer contacts.

Our active role in this global network means we can provide our international clients with easy access to specialised local expertise in almost any overseas jurisdiction.

A key benefit of TerraLex is sharing expertise and industry knowledge on a regular basis and developing strong relationships with other lawyers overseas. This means referrals made through the network come with a valuable personal connection and are more seamless for clients.

In 2018, TerraLex was awarded the Global Network of the Year award at The Lawyer European Awards in London.

Corporate & Commercial

We specialise in advising on overseas investment, taxation, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other cross-border transactions. Our clients include large multinational corporates and international law firms who choose us to manage the New Zealand legal aspects of their client’s international transactions.

Overseas Investment

Our Overseas Investment team have considerable experience and skill acting on behalf of overseas investors looking to purchase land and business assets in New Zealand. Our record of successful results in this area is testament to our applied knowledge of the Overseas Investment Act and our ability to understand the specific needs and objectives of our clients.


Our agribusiness practice is unrivalled in New Zealand. We work with local and international clients including individual farmers, large scale corporate dairy farmers, agribusiness suppliers, listed agribusiness companies, corporate investors and banks involved in rural lending. We have a wealth of experience and knowledge across the dairy, viticulture, agriculture, farming, forestry and meat industries.


Our immigration team are leaders in seamlessly assisting migrants and businesses towards the ultimate outcome of living and operating in New Zealand. From initial eligibility scoping and visa or work permit applications through to confirmed residency, we give tailored advice at every step of the process. Our footprint of four offices across New Zealand means we can impart our expertise at a regional and national level.

We also assist private clients based overseas, including high net-worth individuals, on property transactions and personal matters in New Zealand.

Intellectual Property

Our specialist Intellectual Property team acts for local and international clients in brand related matters across Australasia. We have access to 5,900 trademark owners, professionals and academics from more than 190 countries through our membership of The International Trademark Association (INTA).


We have one of the largest employment teams in New Zealand and have worked with a number of international clients, including airlines and global franchise operators, on a range of cross-border employment matters. We can assist with everything from employment contracts and health and safety to restructuring and the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Retail, Hotel & Tourism

We work with major international clients on sales and acquisitions of hotel and tourism interests in New Zealand. If you’re looking to establish or expand in New Zealand, we can help you with a full range of commercial advice including company structures, commercial property, contracts, distribution agreements, liquor licensing, and brand protection.