Brian Coburn

LLB (Hons)
Brian is the co-team leader of the Property Team.

Brian has extensive experience of commercial property work and for more than 20 years has specialised in the acquisition and leasing of commercial office buildings and advising operators in the retirement village industry.

He leads the firm’s commercial property team and advises clients, particularly overseas high net worth individuals, in the acquisition and funding of investment properties throughout the country and the leasing and management of these investment portfolios.

He is also an expert on retirement village law and provides advice to retirement village operators on all aspects of the acquisition, funding and legal compliance associated with retirement villages.

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Examples of work completed by Brian include:

  • Advised overseas buyers on the acquisition and funding of premium commercial office buildings, including:
    • BNZ Centre, Willis Street Wellington
    • Mobil on the Park, Lambton Quay Wellington
    • Old Customhouse, Custom Street, Auckland
    • Bank Arcade Chambers, Lambton Quay, Wellington
    • 10, 12 and 16 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland
    • Bowen House, 1 Bowen Street Wellington
    • AMP Building, 86 Customhouse Quay, Wellington
    • Grant Thornton House, 125 Lambton Quay Wellington
    • Xero House, Taranaki Street Wellington
    • Ministry of Health Building at 133 Molesworth Street Wellington
    • Ministry of Education House 33 Bowen Street Wellington
  • Advised foreign investors in the acquisition of privately owned islands and coastal sensitive land in New Zealand including satisfying the consent requirements of the Overseas Investment Office in relation to such properties.
  • Advised Metlifecare Limited, Rosedale Village Limited, Lifecare Residences Limited, Waiheke Retirement Village Limited, The Palms Lifestyle Village Limited, Richmond Villas Limited, Speldhurst Country Estate Limited and Warkworth Retirement Village Limited in relation to the acquisition of land, compliance obligations under relevant legislation and sales of occupation rights. .
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommended Partner, Brian Coburn as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in the Property practice area