Business Advice

Corporate Advice & Governance

Overview
Getting you on the right track for corporate governance best-practice

Hesketh Henry’s ability to provide expert company governance and corporate law advice can be traced back to 1865, when our law firm was first established in Auckland.

As we’ve grown and evolved in pace with New Zealand’s largest city, our firm has built a reputation for pragmatism and common sense. We’ve always believed in providing advice that is grounded in practicality. We take time to understand the goals and aims of our clients’ companies, as well as their obligations to shareholders, employees and the community. This holistic view allows our people to apply legislation to factual situations, so that our recommended solutions support business objectives. Advice can’t be given in a vacuum; it must be compatible with reality.

Many of the businesses we work with have been our clients for decades.  They rely on our corporate legal services to guide business ethics and corporate governance decisions. We also have the expertise and resources to assist with corporate litigation.

Need advice on Corporate Advice & Governance?
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Examples

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Advising a joint venture party on a significant manufacturing venture in the agriculture sector for the end to end production, manufacture, packaging and export of products;
  • Advising a New Zealand-based green energy company on the terms of a NEC Engineering and Construction contract for the design and build of an off-shore solar farm;
  • Advising a leading offshore player in the waste and waste water management sector in relation to its establishment of a joint venture in New Zealand; and
  • Advising shareholders and directors in relation to their rights and responsibilities on the break up of joint ventures.
Key Contacts
Recommendations
Business team ranked Tier 3 in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2021.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommended Partner, Erich Bachmann as a 'Leading Individual' in the Corporate and M&A practice area.
Recognised in The Asialaw Profiles Directory 2021
Publications
Events

Insights & Opinion / Corporate Advice & Governance

Mandatory financial climate-related disclosure obligations now law
The Financial Sector (Climate-related Disclosures and Other Matters) Amendment Bill (Bill) received royal assent last week.
02.11.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Climate Change
Amending directors’ duties to go beyond the bottom line
The Companies (Directors Duties) Amendment Bill 2021 (Bill) proposes to amend section 131 of the Companies Act 1993 (Act) to clarify that company directors may take into account recognised environment...
20.10.2021 Posted in Business Advice
COVID-19 AML/CFT Guidance and Annual Report Extension
In a recent statement by the Financial Markets Authority, the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (together, the Supervisors), it was agreed that the submission da...
31.08.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Regulatory
Liquidators’ Powers: Successful application under section 266 of the Companies Act to examine former director
Liquidators have wide-ranging powers under the Companies Act 1993 (Companies Act), including the power to request directors, shareholders or any other relevant person to assist in the liquidation of a...
D&O INDEMNITY AND INSURANCE UPDATE: A ‘HARD MARKET’
D&O Indemnity And Insurance Update: A ‘Hard Market’
05.11.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Insurance
4 million reasons for a tailored Shareholders’ Agreement: Dold v Murphy
The Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Dold v Murphy highlights the importance of having an appropriate Shareholders’ Agreement in place.
21.10.2020 Posted in Business Advice
Supreme Court forecast – storms ahead for directors
On 24 September 2020, the Supreme Court released its long-awaited decision in the case of Debut Homes Ltd (In Liquidation) v Cooper [2020] NZSC 100.
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