John Kirkwood

John is a highly experienced commercial and trust lawyer with more than 25 years in private practice.

He has extensive experience across a range of business law specialisations including trusts, joint ventures, business sales and purchases, property, financial services, banking and financial services and the many other legal areas affecting individuals and businesses on a day to day basis.

John has a particular interest in small to medium enterprise (“SME”) businesses and family businesses and the people who own and operate them. He is experienced in dealing with the wide range of legal issues affecting their personal, trust and business affairs including business and trust structuring, succession planning for individuals and exit and transition planning for the businesses they own.

In addition to his SME business and trust work, John also provides legal advice to a number of leading domestic and offshore companies operating in New Zealand in a diverse range of industries including computer and software distribution, manufacturing and packaging, primary production, retailing, commercial lending and financial services.

John is a director of a number of private companies and a trustee of various family trusts.



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