Private Wealth and investment Wayfinder2

Successful overseas investment requires insight into New Zealand’s regulatory requirements, current experience of how those requirements are met on a practical level, and the ability to manage any issues. We are here to help.

New Zealand welcomes foreign investment, but consent is required for business acquisitions that exceed certain monetary thresholds, and for the purchase of sensitive land. You need insights into the political processes and a detailed understanding of the regulatory requirements.

We act for a range of corporate and individual clients acquiring significant business assets and sensitive land for forestry, dairying, pastoral and lifestyle purposes.

Our specialist team provides advice to potential investors about the process involved in making a successful Overseas Investment Office (OIO) application. Our knowledge of the way in which the OIO approaches a 'business case' for investment means we can provide clear, commercial advice on the likelihood of a successful application. We also have experience acting on enforcement matters where sensitive land has been acquired without consent.

Our experience has included advising:

  • Chinese interests in relation to the purchase of ten forest estates, totalling 14,000 hectares throughout the North Island.
  • A Hong Kong company on the acquisition of three forest lots in the Wairarapa.
  • A USA based Family Trust on the acquisition of 1400 hectares that has been developed as a Californian redwood plantation whilst retaining 200 hectares as a farming and grazing block.
  • A Korean listed company and manufacturer of plywood, fibreboard and lumber for commercial and industrial purposes, on the acquisition of 2800 hectares of land in Marlborough.
  • A North American investment group on the purchase of a Canterbury farm.





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