China Desk

​Helping Chinese businesses succeed in New Zealand

Most Innovative National Law Firm (NZ) – IFLR Asia Awards 2018
NZ Law Firm of the Year – Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2018
Chapman Tripp is New Zealand’s leading law firm. Established in 1875 and with over 60 partners and 200 lawyers across three offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, we have the resources and experience to advise on all areas of New Zealand law.
We understand what it takes for Chinese clients to invest and operate successfully in New Zealand.
Our dedicated China Desk advises Chinese investors and companies entering or active in the New Zealand market through a focused, multi-disciplinary team of M&A, property, finance, commercial and litigation specialists. Our senior partners and Mandarin-speaking lawyers work together to obtain the best possible outcomes for clients.
We have close relationships with international and local law firms in China and business partners on the ground in Shanghai and Beijing, ensuring our clients have the connections and support they need.

Useful resources

We have produced a number of useful resources for international investors:

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Experience highlights

We have advised:

  • all three Chinese banks operating in New Zealand – China Construction Bank, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Bank of China on various matters of the full spectrum of legal and compliance

  • on successful Overseas Investment Office (OIO) applications for many Chinese clients in the sectors of agribusiness, real estate, forestry, tourism, dairy and food etc. including Shanghai Pengxin on its acquisition of a 74% holding in Synlait Farms, and its high-profile purchase of over 7,800 hectares of substantial dairy farming assets (the Crafar Farms)

  • on significant cross-border M&A deals for clients including Australian waste management company, Transpacific Industries Group, on the $950m sale of its New Zealand business to a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Beijing Capital Group, and Beijing General Aviation on its 50% equity investment in Pacific Aerospace, and on the establishment of a joint venture with Pacific Aerospace called Beijing Pan Pacific Aerospace Technology

  • major chinese clients on large-scale development and construction projects including Shanghai CRED on the Carrington Resort on the Karikari Peninsula of Northland, Fu Wah International Group on its luxury Hyatt hotel project at waterfront of Auckland, and the high-end residential projects of Hengyi Group (the Pacifica) and Shundi Group (the 85 Customs St Residential) in the CBD of Auckland


QuoteRanked by independent legal directory Chambers Global 2018 for our China Desk based in New Zealand."

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