Kate Telford is a Partner in our Corporate and Commercial team.
Prior to joining Hesketh Henry, Kate practised in large law firms in both Australia and the United Kingdom.
Kate’s principal area of practice is general corporate and commercial law. Kate regularly advises clients on a range of commercial agreements including joint venture and shareholder agreements, manufacturing agreements, distribution agreements, sponsorship agreements and terms of trade. She also assists corporate clients in relation to compliance with a wide range of legislative matters, including the Companies Act 1993, Fair Trading Act 1986, Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, Takeovers Code 1993 and Overseas Investment Act 2005.
In addition, Kate has extensive experience in advising clients in relation to acquiring, disposing of and investing in businesses. Kate was recommended as an “M&A specialist” in the 2015 Legal 500 and recommended again in the 2016 Legal 500 as being “sought after for commercial law”.
Examples of work that Kate is regularly involved in are:
- Advising a large manufacturing company on the sale of its business into a 50/50 joint venture company.Kate continues to advise the joint venture company on its day-to-day commercial activities.
- Advising a multi-national engineering support services company on the renewal, and variation of, its long-term contract with the New Zealand Defence Force.
- Acting for a large manufacturing group in relation to numerous acquisitions and divestments.
- Advising on the joint venture arrangements of a large manufacturing client including the acquisition of the business to be undertaken by the joint venture entity.
- Advising a large manufacturing client on the purchase of equipment (for approximately 10 million euros) from an Italian manufacturer.
- Acting for a construction company in relation to various incorporated, and unincorporated, joint ventures with third parties.
- Advising a closely-held engineering company on its shareholder and constitutional arrangements.
- Acting for a New Zealand listed company in respect of various corporate governance matters including conflict of interest issues and matters raised by a disgruntled shareholder.