Partner

Erich Bachmann

LLB - Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande)
Profile
Erich Bachmann is a senior partner of the firm and heads the Corporate & Commercial Team at Hesketh Henry. His principal areas of practice are business agreements and transactions, particularly in relation to mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment and regulatory approvals.

He has more than 30 years of experience in 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 has particular expertise in assisting overseas entities moving into the New Zealand market through acquisitions or establishing a new business in the country. Erich 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.

Erich is on the Board of the German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and its immediate past President. He is also the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Auckland. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in September 2018 (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande).

Erich is fluent in German and Spanish. He has been individually recognised as a Leading Lawyer in the Corporate/M&A category in the Legal500 Asia Pacific 2020 publication.

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Experience

Examples of work completed by Erich include:

  • A Chinese State Owned Enterprise in relation to the partial disposal of its interest in a major dairy nutrition business to a dual ASX/NZX listed company and associated agreements.
  • The owners of New Zealand’s leading automotive refinish distribution group of companies in the sale of their shareholding interests..
  • The owners of a major New Zealand produce distribution company in Germany in relation to the sale of their shares to a New Zealand/Malaysian company,
  • A German company and its New Zealand subsidiaries in relation to the acquisition of a number of businesses providing access solutions for commercial, public and residential properties.
  • A German company and the world’s largest testing organisation in the automotive sector, in its acquisition of a majority shareholding in New Zealand’s leading automotive testing service provider.
  • The New Zealand subsidiary of a Tokyo stock exchange listed company in relation to its extensive interests in forestry and timber processing operations in New Zealand.
  • A New Zealand company in relatiom to the investment by a Chinese State Owned Enterprise in a major dairy processing plant.
  • Foreign owned companies in relation to applications to the Overseas Investment Office for foreign investment regulatory approvals.
Recommendations
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2022 Directory individually 'Recommended' Partner, Erich Bachmann in the Corporate and M&A practice area. Erich is also noted by Legal500 in their 'Hall of Fame'.
Publications

Insights & Opinion / Erich Bachmann

New Zealand chapter of the Center for International Legal Studies’ World Intellectual Property Rights and Remedies
Erich Bachmann, Julika Wahlmann-Smith and Christine Leung author the New Zealand chapter of the Center for International Legal Studies’ World Intellectual Property Rights and Remedies (Thomson Reute...
08.02.2022 Posted in Business Advice
Privacy law: A Global Legal Perspective on Data Protection Relating to Advertising & Marketing
Erich Bachmann and Julika Wahlmann-Smith author the New Zealand Chapter of Privacy law: A Global Legal Perspective on Data Protection Relating to Advertising & Marketing
08.02.2022 Posted in Business Advice
Second Edition of Guide to Conducting Sweepstakes & Contests
Erich Bachmann and Julika Wahlmann-Smith author the New Zealand Chapter of the Second Edition of Guide to Conducting Sweepstakes & Contests. 
08.02.2022 Posted in Business Advice
Incorporated Societies – A Major Shake Up is on the Way
The Incorporated Societies Bill (Bill) had its second reading on 17 November 2021.  The Bill seeks to repeal and replace the 113 year old Incorporated Societies Act 1908 (1908 Act), in a well overdue...
07.12.2021 Posted in Business Advice
Things to know before starting a lending business in New Zealand
Things to know before starting a lending business in New Zealand
09.10.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Foreign Investment
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.
Wake Up Call for #Influencer Marketers
A recent decision by New Zealand’s Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) concerning a sponsored Instagram story posted by a well-recognised New Zealand personality, serves to remind all partie...
12.06.2020 Posted in Business Advice
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