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Business Advice

Overview
Whatever the size of your business, we’ll give you expert, quick and affordable legal advice

When you need legal advice and services for commercial activities in New Zealand, Hesketh Henry is ready to help. We have specialists for every legal aspect of setting up a business, selling and buying a business, commercial contracts, intellectual property, banking and finance, business governance and consumer law.

Within the broader picture of New Zealand corporate law firms, Hesketh Henry is an ideal size to deliver timely, expert advice that’s affordable. Our firm is small enough to provide senior partner-level input when it matters; think of us as your local business lawyer. At the same time, we’re a business law firm that’s big enough to have the resources required for major challenges, urgent issues and fast-moving opportunities.

We are a gateway to New Zealand and carry out a great deal of work for companies looking to invest and work in New Zealand – please see our Foreign Investment page here for more information.

Need advice?
Contact the expert team at Hesketh Henry.
Examples

Examples of work completed by our team include:

  • Advising a construction company in relation to various incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures with third parties;
  • Acting for 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 leading technology company on the tendering process and contract terms for three separate streams of work for the upgrade of a major sports stadium;
  • 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 a multi-national hair care company on the termination of the agreement with their New Zealand distributor.
Key Contacts
Recommendations
Business team ranked Tier 3 in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2022.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2022 Directory individually recommended Partner, Erich Bachmann in the Corporate and M&A practice area. Erich is also noted in the Legal500 'Hall of Fame'.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2022 Directory individually recommended Partner, Kate Telford in the Corporate and M&A practice area.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2022 directory has individually recognised Senior Associate, Julika Wahlmann-Smith as a 'Rising Star' in the Corporate and M&A practice area.
Publications
Events

Insights & Opinion / Business Advice

New proposals on modern slavery place higher responsibilities on NZ organisations
Over recent years, modern slavery has become a more prominent issue in New Zealand.
13.05.2022 Posted in Business Advice
Forestry reform impacts NZ log traders and advisors
Recently passed legislative updates impose new regulatory standards on forestry advisors and log traders – introducing new levels of professional compliance for a previously unregulated area of the forestry sector.
04.04.2022 Posted in Business Advice & Trade and Transport
Shedding Some Light on the Sunscreen (Product Safety Standard) Act 2022
Summer may be over, but there are sunny days ahead for sunscreen advocates with the recent introduction of the Sunscreen (Product Safety Standard) Act 2022.
25.03.2022 Posted in Business Advice
Supply Shortages are Here to Stay – Managing Cost Escalation under NZS 3910:2013
Over the past year, New Zealand has experienced a significant increase in the cost of construction, primarily from Covid-19 related disruptions.  Supply chain constraints combined with booming domest...
04.03.2022 Posted in Construction & COVID-19
New Zealand chapter of the Center for International Legal Studies’ World Intellectual Property Rights and Remedies
Erich Bachmann, Julika Wahlmann-Smith and Christine Leung author the New Zealand chapter of the Center for International Legal Studies’ World Intellectual Property Rights and Remedies (Thomson Reute...
08.02.2022 Posted in Business Advice
Privacy law: A Global Legal Perspective on Data Protection Relating to Advertising & Marketing
Erich Bachmann and Julika Wahlmann-Smith author the New Zealand Chapter of Privacy law: A Global Legal Perspective on Data Protection Relating to Advertising & Marketing
08.02.2022 Posted in Business Advice
Second Edition of Guide to Conducting Sweepstakes & Contests
Erich Bachmann and Julika Wahlmann-Smith author the New Zealand Chapter of the Second Edition of Guide to Conducting Sweepstakes & Contests. 
08.02.2022 Posted in Business Advice
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