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Corporate and commercial law

Our large team of talented lawyers are experts in a wide range of corporate and transactional work. We advise on all areas of corporate and commercial law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, public offerings, corporate finance, management buyouts, joint ventures, privatisations, and corporatisations. We are proud of our reputation for providing innovative yet practical advice across all areas of commercial law. Kensington Swan provides value-adding legal strategies for listed companies, local subsidiaries of multi-national companies, private companies, trusts, and individuals.

Acquisition and asset finance

Business acquisitions and asset purchases help businesses to become more efficient and to explore new growth opportunities. Kensington Swan has significant experience in acting for both borrowers and lenders in acquisition and asset financing. More >>

Business structures

Choosing the most appropriate structure for your investment or business venture is a critical first step, and a variety of issues need to be considered. Kensington Swan has the expertise and experience to guide you to a business structure that best meets your unique needs. This may be at the commencement of your venture or as part of a restructure as your needs change. More >>

Charity law

Charities play a key role in the development of New Zealand society and our charity law expertise is behind many of the country’s most successful charities. More >>

Commercial contract law

Commercial contracts are a crucial part of doing business. Get them right and they can add value to your business, but underestimating them can create risk and loss. More >>

Commercial litigation

Commercial and regulatory disputes can be complex, time consuming and costly. Organisations need advisers who can combine the highest quality legal advice with a practical cost-effective approach. More >>

Company law

Successfully incorporating and operating a company in New Zealand involves clearing a few legal hurdles. Our corporate and commercial law advisors will ensure your company complies with the Companies Act, and assist you should any issues arise. More >>

Competition and anti-trust law

Compliance with the Commerce Act is critical for businesses to avoid breaches that can incur significant penalties and costs, and generate negative publicity. Kensington Swan has the expertise to guide you through the complexities of the Act and minimise damage if breaches occur. More >>

Consumer law

Failing to comply with your consumer law obligations can have significant consequences for your business. You could face prosecution, fines, damage to your reputation, loss of profits, and a lot of wasted staff time. Kensington Swan can assist you to comply with the Fair Trading Act and other consumer legislation. More >>

Corporate governance

Good corporate governance is critical to the success of any sizeable business or organisation. Operating the right governance model ensures you deliver best practice decision-making and risk management. More >>

Energy and resources law

Kensington Swan has New Zealand’s leading oil and natural gas exploration lawyers. We are experts in the law relating to mining and all forms of electricity generation, retail, and distribution. More >>

Franchise law

No two franchise agreements are the same, so it pays to get expert legal advice. Kensington Swan’s franchise law expertise is behind some of New Zealand’s most successful franchises. We help New Zealand businesses to develop franchising networks and international franchisors to enter the local market. More >>

International trade

International trade and investment is essential for New Zealand businesses if they wish to grow, but it requires specialist legal expertise. Kensington Swan works closely with businesses operating in, and from, New Zealand to assess investment and acquisition opportunities. More >>

Mergers and acquisitions

When you’re operating in the complex area of mergers and acquisitions you need specialist legal, commercial, and strategic advice you can trust. More >>

Mining law

Our mining law specialists provide legal and commercial advice to mining and exploration companies seeking to develop New Zealand’s mineral, oil, and gas reserves. More >>

Overseas investment

New Zealand welcomes foreign investment, but consent is required for business acquisitions that exceed certain monetary thresholds, and for the purchase of ‘sensitive’ land. Obtaining consent promptly and on satisfactory terms is one of Kensington Swan’s specialist skills. More >>

Pharmaceuticals and medical

In the highly regulated pharmaceutical and medical sectors, failure to comply with the law can result in criminal convictions, large fines, reputational damage, and the loss or suspension of licences or product consents. Kensington Swan provides expert advice to guide and protect clients providing products and services in this environment. More >>

Private equity and venture capital

Effective advice can be the difference between success and failure in private equity and venture capital arrangements. Kensington Swan has extensive experience in New Zealand and overseas, in all aspects of private equity, venture capital investment, and investment funds. More >>

Securities markets and NZX

Listing on the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) can provide the funding to transform your entrepreneurial business into a mature company, but it requires specific legal expertise. We will make listing and NZX compliance as straightforward as possible. More >>


The Takeovers Code governs all companies with 50 or more shareholders and 50 or more share parcels. It applies to any transaction where a person becomes the holder or controller of 20% or more of the voting rights in a Code Company, and any increase beyond that. More >>


Kensington Swan has a large trusts practice, creating trusts for both New Zealand residents and people living in other countries. We act for trusts of all sizes and are experienced in dealing with any disputes that arise. More >>

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