China desk

Strong relationships delivering proven results

We understand what it takes for businesses to invest and operate successfully in China and New Zealand. 

Chapman Tripp's dedicated China Desk advises Chinese investors and companies entering or active in the New Zealand market, as well as New Zealand businesses expanding their operations into China, through a focused, multi-disciplinary team of M&A, property, finance, commercial and litigation specialists. The Desk brings together senior partners and Mandarin speaking lawyers, who work to obtain the best possible outcomes for Chapman Tripp's 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.



Chapman Tripp律师事务所设有专门的中国业务团队, 是一个由并购、房地产、金融、商事和争议解决等领域的专家组成的跨学科团队,专注于为正在进入新西兰或已经活跃在新西兰市场的中国投资者和企业,或希望在中国扩展业务的新西兰企业提供法律顾问服务。我们的中国业务团队还包括本所的高级合伙人和会讲普通话的律师,他们将通力协作,以确保向客户提供最优质的服务。

我们与中国主要的国际和当地律所,以及北京和上海的其他商业合作伙伴建立了紧密的合作关系, 以确保能够为我们的客户提供所需的商业关系与支持。


Useful resources

Please click on the links below to view our useful resources for international investors.

​Publication title
​A full-firm capability statement (March 2015)
​新西兰经商指南 ​Doing Business in New Zealand ​an introductory guide to New Zealand business law (June 2016)
​A legal guide for international property investors
​新西兰通报 New Zealand Bulletin - September 2016 ​The latest update from the China Desk (September 2016)
​新西兰旅游业投资机遇 Investment opportunities in New Zealand tourism ​A tourism industry guide for investors (December 2013)
  • Selected experience

  • China-based Pengxin International Group on its successful Overseas Investment Office application to purchase over 7800ha of substantial dairy farming assets (the Crafar Farms) in New Zealand. This included successfully representing the company in New Zealand’s High Court and Court of Appeal against rival bidders attempting to overturn the transaction.
  • Sino-Forest Corporation, a Canadian-listed Chinese commercial forest operator, on all aspects of its NZ$100m acquisition of the Mangakahia Forest Estate.  We acted on the subsequent sale of that interest to its Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed majority owned subsidiary, Greenheart Group Limited, for up to US$77m, a transaction that required separate Overseas Investment Act approval.
  • ANZ Bank in its refinancing of New Zealand dairy firm Synlait Milk, following an equity investment from one of China's largest dairy companies. Shanghai-based Bright Dairy and Food took a 51% stake in Synlait Milk for NZ$82m.
  • Sinochem Corporation, a Chinese State-Owned trading company on its proposed acquisition of Australian listed crop protection and seed company, Nufarm Limited, by way of a scheme of arrangement effected under the Australian Corporations Law (Sinochem’s bid was ultimately rejected).
  • New Zealand rural services provider PGG Wrightson on its NZ$249.4m recapitalisation, comprising a NZ$68.7 million investment in shares and convertible notes by new cornerstone shareholder Beijing-based Agria Corporation, and a NZ$180.7m fully underwritten rights issue.
  • Advising Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation Fund on the sale of NZSF Timber Investments (No 3) Ltd’s forestry assets, consisting of the bulk of 11 forestry blocks (over 14,000ha of forestry estate) in the North Island, to China National Forest Products Trading Corporation, a subsidiary of state-owned China Forestry Group Corporation, for an undisclosed sum, with the remaining going to local investors.
  • German healthcare multinational Bayer AG on the acquisition of Bomac Group, New Zealand's largest privately owned animal health company.
  • A Chinese company on its proposed multimillion dollar acquisition of an oceanside resort in Northland.

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