Kate Telford

LLB / BCom
Kate Telford is a Partner in our Business Advice 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 has been a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 Directory for the last four years (2016 to 2019) and has been noted as being an “M&A specialist” and “sought after for commercial law”.

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Examples of work completed by Kate include:

  • Acting for a New Zealand software company on the sale of its shares to a US listed company.
  • 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.

The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2019 Directory individually recommended Partner, Kate Telford.
  • LexisNexis Foreign Investment Law Guide 2018-2019

Insights & Opinion / Kate Telford

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13.12.2018 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law
LexisNexis Foreign Investment Law Guide 2018-2019
Hesketh Henry has authored the New Zealand chapter of the LexisNexis Foreign Investment Law Guide 2018-2019, a guide for foreign investors interested in doing business in New Zealand. The chapter prov...
25.09.2018 Posted in Foreign Investment
First judgment on whether a director “lives in” New Zealand
The Companies Act gives no guidance on how to determine whether a director will pass the Residency Requirement in New Zealand.
25.07.2016 Posted in Company Law
New Director and Disclosure Requirements for New Zealand Companies
New director residency requirements are about to be introduced for all New Zealand Companies.  These changes come into effect on 1 May 2015, with all existing companies having an additional 180 days ...
24.04.2015 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law
Completing the Deal
Key steps in deal process In the current market, where it is generally taking parties some time to negotiate deals, we are seeing more heads of agreement being negotiated by clients as the first step ...
11.08.2012 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law