China Desk

​Helping Chinese businesses succeed in New Zealand

National Law Firm of the Year: New Zealand – IFLR Awards 2016
Chapman Tripp is New Zealand’s leading law firm. Established in 1875 and with 50 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 successful Overseas Investment Office (OIO) applications for Chinese clients including Shanghai Pengxin on its acquisition of a 74% holding in Synlait Farms, and its high profile purchase of over 7800ha 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
  • on large scale construction projects for Chinese development and construction clients including Fu Wah International Group on the construction of its luxury hotel project in downtown Auckland, and Shanghai CRED Real Estate on the acquisition and development of the Peppers Carrington Resort and Karikari Winery Estate on the Karikari Peninsula, Northland
  • Chinese investors investing into or setting up agribusinesses, including Sino-Forest Corporation on its $100m acquisition of the Mangakahia Forest Estate
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Competition & antitrust; Corporate & commercial; Corporate governance; Employment; Environment, planning & resource management; Finance; Health & safety; International trade & investment; Litigation & dispute resolution; Mergers & acquisitions; Property & real estate; Public law; Regulatory law; Tax

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