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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 in the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2020.
Recognised in The Asialaw Profiles Directory 2021
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Insights & Opinion / Corporate Advice & Governance

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 Law
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 & Company Law
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.
Shareholder Agreements:  The Corporate “Pre-nup”
You’ve got a great idea for a business and you’re pumped to get to work. 
23.06.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Company Law
Lifting the roof on director’s duties
First prosecution for serious breaches of director’s duties under the Companies Act.
The PPSR Files: Diarise your expiry dates!
Late last year, the Personal Property Securities Register (“PPSR”) upgraded its interface to a more user-friendly platform. However, some things have not changed. You will still not be notified by...
10.04.2019 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law
When did you last have your Ts & Cs reviewed?
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...
13.12.2018 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law
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