Senior Associate

Julika Wahlmann-Smith

Julika completed her BA and LLB at the University of Auckland and was admitted to the Bar in 2009.
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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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; and
  • advising German and other European entities in relation to their extensive investment portfolios and other business interests in New Zealand.
Individually recognised "Next Generation Lawyer" Corporate and M&A.
Individually recognised "Rising star lawyer, Corporate & M&A" 2019.

Insights & Opinion / Julika Wahlmann-Smith

Have I got a deal for you …….
New Zealand's Fair Trading Act 1986 prohibits a range of misleading and deceptive behaviours
7.08.2017 Posted in Advertising Law
New Director and Disclosure Requirements for New Zealand Companies
New director residency requirements are about to be introduced for all New Zealand Companies.  These changes come into effect on 1 May 2015, with all existing companies having an additional 180 days ...
24.04.2015 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law
Supply agreements, the things you should know before signing
A supply agreement should be viewed as any other binding legal contract, and should never be entered into lightly.
11.04.2014 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law
Not all claims in advertising are meant to be taken literally.
11.08.2013 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law
Gambling on Sponsorship
New Zealand’s size and geographical proximity to Australia has resulted in a number of trans-Tasman sporting events. This trans-Tasman rivalry offers fantastic visibility opportunities for spons...
11.08.2012 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law
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