Experience

We have advised:

  • Banking: all three Chinese banks operating in New Zealand – China Construction Bank (CCB), the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), and Bank of China (BOC) on various matters of the full spectrum of legal and compliance

  • Overseas Investment Office (OIO) applications: on 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) 

  • M&A: 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, and

  • Real Estate and construction: 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.

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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