Erich Bachmann

LLB - Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande)
Erich Bachmann is a senior partner of the firm and heads the Corporate & Commercial Team at Hesketh Henry. His principal areas of practice are business agreements and transactions, particularly in relation to mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment and regulatory approvals.

He has more than 30 years of experience in drafting and reviewing business contracts both on a standalone basis or in the context of extensive legal due diligence investigations on behalf of local and international clients. He has particular expertise in assisting overseas entities moving into the New Zealand market through acquisitions or establishing a new business in the country. Erich also has a special interest in advertising and marketing law. He has advised a variety of international clients through the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance where the firm is the New Zealand member.

Erich is on the Board of the German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and its immediate past President. He is also the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Auckland. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in September 2018 (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande).

Erich is fluent in German and Spanish. He has been individually recognised as a Leading Lawyer in the Corporate/M&A category in the Legal500 Asia Pacific 2020 publication.

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Examples of work completed by Erich include:

  • A Chinese State Owned Enterprise in relation to the partial disposal of its interest in a major dairy nutrition business to a dual ASX/NZX listed company and associated agreements.
  • The owners of New Zealand’s leading automotive refinish distribution group of companies in the sale of their shareholding interests..
  • The owners of a major New Zealand produce distribution company in Germany in relation to the sale of their shares to a New Zealand/Malaysian company,
  • A German company and its New Zealand subsidiaries in relation to the acquisition of a number of businesses providing access solutions for commercial, public and residential properties.
  • A German company and the world’s largest testing organisation in the automotive sector, in its acquisition of a majority shareholding in New Zealand’s leading automotive testing service provider.
  • The New Zealand subsidiary of a Tokyo stock exchange listed company in relation to its extensive interests in forestry and timber processing operations in New Zealand.
  • A New Zealand company in relatiom to the investment by a Chinese State Owned Enterprise in a major dairy processing plant.
  • Foreign owned companies in relation to applications to the Overseas Investment Office for foreign investment regulatory approvals.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommended Partner, Erich Bachmann as a 'Leading Individual' in the Corporate and M&A practice area.

Insights & Opinion / Erich Bachmann

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12.06.2020 Posted in Business Advice
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23.04.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19
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The Government has introduced a number of key measures to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses: Wage subsidy scheme – businesses may be eligible for wage subsidies ($585.80 (gro...
25.03.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19
Hesketh Henry’s Business Advice Team – Legal advisers to Vendor in Sale of Neuseelandhaus Shares to Manuka Health NZ
Managing Partner, Erich Bachmann and Senior Associate, Sarah Gibbs, advised the sole shareholder of Neuseelandhaus GmbH on the legal aspects of the cross-border sale of his shares to Manuka Health New...
07.03.2019 Posted in Business Advice & Foreign Investment
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The Commerce Commission recently announced that, after its investigation of jeweller Michael Hill Limited, the company was fined $169K for breaching its obligations in relation to the extended warrant...
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