Doing business in New Zealand


Haere mai is Māori for welcome, and New Zealand is one of the most open economies in the world. But there are rules and regulations for doing business here.

This guide is designed to provide the prospective investor with an introduction to New Zealand’s legal framework. The information is accurate at the time of publication but is necessarily high level and generic so should not be relied upon as a basis for decision-making.

We recommend you speak to us about your investment requirements before making any decisions so that we can provide you with advice that is specific to your needs.

To read our Doing business in New Zealand guide for investors, click here.

About Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp is New Zealand’s leading law firm and can offer you a national, full service team. Established in 1876, we have a reputation for excellence and a long track record of delivering innovative, commercial solutions which respond to the individual needs of our clients.

We understand what it takes to capitalise successfully on your investment opportunities and, because we have a national, full-service team, we can advise on all aspects of doing business in New Zealand.

We have more than 60 partners and over 400 staff with offices in Auckland (the economic centre of New Zealand and home to more than a third of the population), Wellington (the seat of government) and Christchurch (the South Island’s commercial hub).

Our lawyers are recognised leaders in corporate and commercial, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking and finance, restructuring and insolvency, litigation and dispute resolution, employment, government and public law, intellectual property, telecommunications, real estate and construction, energy and natural resources, and tax law.

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