Partner

Kate Telford

LLB / BCom
Profile
Kate Telford is a Partner in our Business Advice team.

Prior to joining Hesketh Henry, Kate practised in large law firms in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Kate’s principal area of practice is general corporate and commercial law. Kate regularly advises clients on a range of commercial agreements including joint venture and shareholder agreements, manufacturing agreements, distribution agreements, sponsorship agreements and terms of trade. She also assists corporate clients in relation to compliance with a wide range of legislative matters, including the Companies Act 1993, Fair Trading Act 1986, Consumer Guarantees Act 1993, Takeovers Code 1993 and Overseas Investment Act 2005.

In addition, Kate has extensive experience advising clients in relation to acquiring, disposing of and investing in businesses.

Kate has been a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Directory for the last six years (2016 to 2021) and has been noted as being an “M&A specialist” and “sought after for commercial law”.

Kate is a director of Glass Ceiling Collective Limited, a charitable company that supports artists from marginalised communities throughout New Zealand.  Hesketh Henry provides pro bono legal assistance to Glass Ceiling Collective.

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Experience

Examples of work completed by Kate include:

  • Acting for the shareholders of a New Zealand digital dictation software company on the sale of their shares in that company to a US listed company.
  • Acting on the sale of shares in a New Zealand company which provides software to the window and door industry to UK based private equity.
  • Advising a provider of health educational media and resources in relation to its long term contract with a large Government health organisation.
  • Assisting numerous clients obtain Overseas Investment Office consent including in relation to farm land applications.
  • Advising a large co-operative company on a variety of matters including its constitutional arrangements and negotiating key contracts for that company.
  • Advising a nationwide residential building franchise in relation to all aspects of its franchising arrangements.
  • Advising a company comprising an alliance of travel businesses located throughout New Zealand on the sale of its business to a company representing the largest group of independent travel agencies in Australia.
  • Advising on the merger of a large New Zealand scaffolding, formwork, falsework and event infrastructure company with a company providing similar goods and services in the Pacific Islands.
  • Advising a large manufacturing company on the sale of its business to a 50/50 joint venture company. Kate continues to advise the joint venture company on its day-to-day commercial activities.
  • Acting for a construction company in relation to various incorporated, and unincorporated, joint ventures with third parties.
  • Advising a closely-held engineering company on its shareholder and constitutional arrangements.
Recommendations
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommended Partner, Kate Telford.
Publications
  • LexisNexis Foreign Investment Law Guide (2018 to 2020)

  • Lexology Getting the Deal Through: Private M&A (2020)

Insights & Opinion / Kate Telford

New Investor Test for Overseas Investors
On 22 March 2021, a new investor test will be introduced for all consent applications under the Overseas Investment Act (Act), bar a few residential land exceptions.  This is one of several measures ...
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
COVID-19: OIO Urgent measures – Coming soon!
The Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Amendment Act 2020 (“Amendment Act”) was passed on 28 May 2020 and received Royal Assent on 2 June 2020.  The majority of the Amendment Act will ...
COVID-19: OIO Update
Government fast-tracks new measures during COVID-19 crisis
At first glance: Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2020 
On 19 March 2020, the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2020 (the “Bill”) was introduced to Parliament.  The two key intentions of the Bill are to strengthen and simplify the ove...
COVID-19: Contracts – Managing through lockdown and beyond
The current COVID-19 lockdown has brought many businesses to a standstill and, at the very least, interrupted all businesses.  In light of supply chain and workforce difficulties, together with the i...
20.04.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19
COVID-19: Temporary ‘safe harbour’ from directors’ insolvency duties
As mentioned in Hesketh Henry’s article “COVID-19: Insolvency law changes” (https://www.heskethhenry.co.nz/insights-opinion/covid-19-insolvency-law-changes/), Grant Robertson has announced that ...
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