Tessa specialises in commercial property law.
Tessa advises both public and private sector clients on a range of property acquisition, management and disposal activities. She is also a national expert in New Zealand’s overseas investment regime and is a member of the OIO’s legal reference group.
She is experienced in advising on substantial and complex commercial property transactions, build and lease contracts for industrial and commercial projects, residential development, project development, due diligence, commercial conveyancing, property finance, leasing and licensing documentation and project agreements and supporting property documents for infrastructure projects.
Tessa is also a member of Chapman Tripp’s China Desk, acting for some of China’s biggest developers on their New Zealand development projects.
Tessa has advised:
Ric Kayne on his existing and proposed world class golf courses and associated facilities development at Te Arai
Fonterra on various property matters including the sale of Bardowie Farm and the separation of the Tip Top premises following its sale
Arvida Group on various property matters, including the property aspects of the recent acquisition of three retirement villages in Queenstown and Tauranga
Summerset Retirement Villages on applications for OIO consent and property acquisition matters
Eastland Group on the negotiation of documentation for the redevelopment of Gisborne Airport and its long term leasing and advising on its Marina operations
Shanghai Pengxin in relation to its investments in the ‘Crafar Farms’ in the central North Island, Synlait Farms in South Canterbury and Lochinver Station
PwC in relation to its various premises requirements, including negotiation of a development agreement for its new premises in Christchurch and in Wellington
The Warehouse on various leasing and transactional matters, including various redevelopment sites and the sale of the Silverdale Centre
Stevenson Group on property acquisitions and options at Drury as a part of their industrial rezoning project
Todd Property Group on various property acquisition, development, leasing and sale matters including the acquisition, subdivision and development of Pegasus Town, acquisitions at Ormiston under a development agreement with Auckland Council, the sale of lots at Long Bay and various other matters
AMP Property Portfolio on disposals of certain assets, including the sale of LynnMall shopping centre for $174m
both domestic and international private investors negotiating contracts for sale, undertaking due diligence, financing and completing settlement in respect of commercial property acquisitions and divestments, and
NZ Transport Agency in relation to property acquisition matters for future projects, on general property management issues and providing ongoing advice on the property aspects of the transport planning process.