Managing Partner

Erich Bachmann

LLB - Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande)
Erich Bachmann is the firm's Managing Partner and works in the Business Advice team at Hesketh Henry. His principal areas of practice are corporate and commercial law, particularly in mergers and acquisitions and foreign investment.

His experience also includes more than 25 years of drafting and reviewing business contracts both on a standalone basis or in the context of extensive legal due diligence investigations on behalf of local and international clients.  He is also a director of a number of companies and was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Lawlink Group from April 2013 to May 2017.

Erich is the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Auckland and a board member of the German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce.  He is also the current Deputy Dean of the Auckland Consular Corps.

He also has a special interest in advertising and marketing law. He has advised a variety of international clients through the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance where the firm is the New Zealand member and Erich is the immediate past President of the Asia Pacific region.

Erich is fluent in German and Spanish.  He has been individually recommended as a Corporate Advisory Lawyer in the Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory and as a Market Leading Lawyer in Corporate and M&A in the Asialaw profile directory.

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Examples of work completed by Erich include:

  • Advising Mataura Valley Milk Limited (MVM) in relation to the investment by China Animal Husbandry Group in a 72% shareholding in MVM which will build a $200m dairy processing plant in Gore, Southland.
  • Advising the owners of Kerrick Industries Limited in relation to the sale of shares to the Nilfisk Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of professional cleaning equipment.  Kerrick is based in both New Zealand and Australia and is a large supplier of professional cleaning equipment.
  • Advising Vestner Aufzüge GmbH and its New Zealand subsidiary in relation to the acquisition of Pandect Limited, a leading New Zealand provider of access solutions for commercial, public and residential properties.  Vestner is a German based business operating throughout Europe, with more than 80 years’ experience in elevator construction.
  • Advising Babcock (NZ) in relation to various aspects of the variation of its Devonport Naval Base Dockyard Management Contract with the New Zealand Ministry of Defence including Overseas Investment Office consent application.
  • Advising DEKRA SE, a German company and the world’s largest testing organisation in the automotive sector, in its acquisition of the majority of the shares in Vehicle Testing New Zealand Limited, the leading automotive testing service provider in New Zealand with 84 inspection stations nationwide and around 850 employees.
  • Advising Juken New Zealand, a subsidiary of Tokyo Stock Exchange listed company, Wood One Co. Ltd, in relation to the sale of its northern forests to a Sumitomo Corporation owned New Zealand subsidiary.
  • Advising Assa Abloy, a Swedish multi-national corporation on the acquisition of various New Zealand businesses.
  • Advising a Chinese state owned corporation on a due diligence investigation and bid for a significant New Zealand mining business.
  • Advising ATH, Fiji’s listed telecommunications holding company, on a World Bank led commercial mediation process and agreement involving all local industry participants.
  • Advising ATH in relation to its acquisition of the shares in Fintel from Cable & Wireless.
  • Advising Seniors Money International, a major home equity release product provider, on share capital and Overseas Investment Office foreign investment approval issues and arrangements with German reassurers.
  • Advising Juken New Zealand in relation to its extensive operations in New Zealand in manufacturing and forestry. 
  • Advising German and other European entities in relation to their extensive investment portfolios and other business interests in New Zealand.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2020 Directory individually recommended Partner, Erich Bachmann as a 'Leading Individual' in the Corporate and M&A practice area.

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