Senior Associate

Julika Wahlmann-Smith

Julika completed her BA and LLB at the University of Auckland and was admitted to the Bar in 2009.
Profile
Julika is a Senior Associate in our Business Advice team. 

Julika has advised on a wide range of corporate and commercial law issues, including reviewing and advising on commercial contracts, terms of trade and distribution agreements, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment, advertising campaigns, consumer law, and intellectual property rights.

Julika regularly contributes to publications of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance where the firm is the New Zealand member.

Julika is fluent in German.

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Experience

Examples of work completed by Julika include:

  • Advising Mataura Valley Milk Limited (MVM) in relation to the development of its $240m dairy processing plant in Gore, Southland, involvement included advising on the investment by China Animal Husbandry Group as the majority shareholding, and ongoing matters relating to the project;
  • Advising the owners of a power company on the sale of its assets to another power company.
  • Advising one of New Zealand’s largest technology distributors in relation to the acquisition of another company in the market, including undertaking extensive due diligence investigations, negotiating the sale and purchase agreement and attending to completion of the transaction and providing ongoing compliance advice in respect of its New Zealand operations.
  • Assisting 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.
  • The sale of Juken New Zealand Limited’s northern forest plantations to a Sumitomo Corporation owned New Zealand subsidiary.
  • Assisting with the preparation of an Overseas Investment Office application for a European entity to invest in a New Zealand entity with an interest in sensitive land.
  • Advising multinationals in relation to advertising and promotional campaigns in New Zealand, including in respect of dealings with the Commerce Commission.
  • Advising German and other European entities in relation to their extensive investment portfolios and other business interests in New Zealand.
Recommendations
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2022 Directory individually recommended Senior Associate, Julika Wahlmann-Smith as a 'RIsing Star' in the Corporate and M&A practice areas.
Publications

Insights & Opinion / Julika Wahlmann-Smith

Shedding Some Light on the Sunscreen (Product Safety Standard) Act 2022
Summer may be over, but there are sunny days ahead for sunscreen advocates with the recent introduction of the Sunscreen (Product Safety Standard) Act 2022.
25.03.2022 Posted in Business Advice
Advertising a financial product or service? Read on.
A new Financial Advertising Code (Code) will replace the existing Code for Financial Advertising effective 1 March 2022 for new, and 1 June 2022 for all existing, financial advertising captured.
25.02.2022 Posted in Business Advice
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
Is this Organic? Proposed Regulation of Organic Product Claims
The Organic Products Bill, which is currently at the Select Committee stage, proposes to introduce a regime to regulate claims made by businesses that products are organic (known as making an “organ...
06.10.2020 Posted in Business Advice
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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