Experience

We have advised:

                                                              • Oji Holdings Corporation (as part of a Japanese-government backed consortium) on all aspects of its acquisition of Carter Holt Harvey’s pulp and paper and packaging businesses for $1.037b, one of the largest single Japanese investments to date in the New Zealand economy
                                                              • China-based Shanghai Pengxin on a number of its investments in New Zealand, including its successful Overseas Investment Office (OIO) application to purchase over 7,800 hectares of substantial dairy farming assets (the Crafar Farms) in New Zealand
                                                              • Transpacific Industries Group, Australia’s leading waste management company, on the $950m sale of Transpacific New Zealand to Beijing Capital Group, one of China’s leading state-owned infrastructure enterprises
                                                              • GIC Real Estate, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, on its $1b joint venture with Scentre Group - Westfield mall owner and operator - to take a 49% stake in five New Zealand shopping centres
                                                              • Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC Group), one of the largest automobile manufacturers in China, on its 50% equity investment in Hamilton-based aviation firm Pacific Aerospace
                                                              • Shanghai CRED Real Estate, one of Shanghai’s largest property development companies, on all aspects of its purchase of the Carrington Resort on the Karikari Peninsula, Northland, including OIO consent. The purchase was the first significant Chinese investment in New Zealand’s tourism sector
                                                              • Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation as manager and administrator of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund on the sale of its portfolio of 11 forestry blocks in New Zealand’s North Island to China National Forest Products Trading Corporation
                                                              • Swedish multinational Atlas Copco Group, a leading global provider of industrial productivity solutions, on its purchase of the compressor distribution and service business ('Ash Air') from the Lancaster Group in New Zealand
                                                              • the World Bank on its foreign investment policy and law reform in relation to nine Pacific Island jurisdictions
                                                              • the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga on the World Bank funded Tonga Energy Roadmap Institutional and Regulatory Framework Strengthening Project – a major project that aims to strengthen the institutional and regulatory framework of Tonga’s energy sector, including ensuring the security of petroleum supply for the foreseeable future
                                                              • numerous industry and advisory bodies, including the New Zealand International Business Forum, on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, and
                                                              • a UK investor against the Indonesian Government, successfully acting for our client in the first bilateral investment treaty arbitration hearing held in New Zealand, in overcoming an attempt by the Republic of Indonesia to summarily dismiss a claim brought before an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration tribunal.
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