Expertise

Corporate & Commercial

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.

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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.
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Privacy Commissioner releases draft biometrics privacy code
Biometrics is a trending issue and with the development of technology there are consistently more ways biometric data can be used, from replacing a password to identifying repeat shoplifters in a shop...
03.05.2024 Posted in Business Advice
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OIO Spotlight:  Government issues new directive on foreign investment for build-to-rent housing developments
Earlier this year, the coalition Government announced that it would be introducing a new streamlined consent pathway for build-to-rent developments by way of amendments to the Overseas Investment Act ...
16.04.2024 Posted in Business Advice & Property
Incorporated societies’ reregistration deadline – April 2026 may be closer than you think
The Incorporated Societies Act 2022 (2022 Act) came fully into force on 5 October 2023, meaning incorporated societies can now apply for reregistration under the 2022 Act.  Approximately 24,000 exist...
16.04.2024 Posted in Business Advice
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Forestry: Regulatory Roundup March 2024
The challenging economic environment for New Zealand’s forestry industry continues, with China’s demand for our logs remaining subdued. Moreover, in addition to the change in Government, t...
25.03.2024 Posted in Forestry & Property
Privacy Commissioner to consult on Privacy Rules for Biometric Information
With the increasing use of facial recognition technology (FRT), retinal scans, and voice recognition by an array of different agencies, privacy concerns about its collection and use are set to be form...
24.11.2023 Posted in Business Advice
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Bioenergy in New Zealand: Fuels for the Future?
The energy transition from combustion fuels to low carbon alternatives is viewed as critical in the race to cut global CO2 emissions and reach climate targets.  We look at some of the opportunities p...
14.11.2023 Posted in Business Advice & Climate Change & Forestry
Key change to rules on distribution of surplus assets under the new Incorporated Societies Act 2022
On 5 October 2023, the new Incorporated Societies Act 2022 (2022 Act) came fully into force, replacing the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 (1908 Act). One of the key requirements under the 2022 Act is...
18.10.2023 Posted in Business Advice
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