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M&A Pricing Mechanics: Completion Accounts vs Locked Box
A critical period in the timeline of any M&A share transaction is the period between signing the Share Sale and Purchase Agreement and completion.
New Fair Trading Act provisions spark need to review small trade contracts
The Fair Trading Amendment Bill received Royal Assent on 16 August 2021 and is now the Fair Trading Amendment Act 2021 (Amendment Act).  The Amendment Act amends the Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA), with...
COVID-19 AML/CFT Guidance and Annual Report Extension
In a recent statement by the Financial Markets Authority, the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (together, the Supervisors), it was agreed that the submission da...
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 ...
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 Corporate & Commercial
COVID-19 and the Future of Force Majeure
Not since Y2K have force majeure clauses been of so much focus.
M&A Update – Warranty & Indemnity Insurance
This year we have seen strong private M&A activity and the use of warranty and indemnity (“W&I”) insurance in a number of transactions. W&I insurance is a specialist insurance product ...
18.10.2019 Posted in Corporate & Commercial & Insurance
Improvements to the overseas investment regime could be on their way…
Certain features of the Overseas Investment Act 2005 (“Act“) that have caused frustration in the past could be set to change. The Act is currently in the midst of a two stage review.  The...
The PPSR Files: Diarise your expiry dates!
Late last year, the Personal Property Securities Register (“PPSR”) upgraded its interface to a more user-friendly platform. However, some things have not changed. You will still not be notified by...
10.04.2019 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
A million reasons for Rangatira to be bitter about the Tuatara earn-out
The Court of Appeal’s decision in The Malthouse Ltd v Rangatira Ltd highlights some of the risks with earn-out arrangements and, in contrast to recent High Court rulings, illustrates a more traditio...
06.03.2019 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
When did you last have your Ts & Cs reviewed?
The Commerce Commission recently announced that, after its investigation of jeweller Michael Hill Limited, the company was fined $169K for breaching its obligations in relation to the extended warrant...
13.12.2018 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
Top ten reasons to pimp your terms (Spoiler alert: The law is only one of them)
Whatever business you’re in, your customer terms and conditions are fundamental and foundational.
30.07.2018 Posted in Company & Corporate & Commercial
Distribution Agreements – 6 Key Considerations
While the exact nature and terms of a distribution agreement will vary between industries and jurisdictions, these 6 issues will always be important.
28.06.2018 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
Continued Importance of IP Protection for Manufacturers
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has recently released a report which identified key trends and challenges for the manufacturing sector.
28.06.2018 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
Hesketh Henry Recommended in The Legal 500 Directory as a Leading Firm in 2018
Firm receives recommendations and commentary in 2018 Legal Directories
Recent case finds that lack of a resident director isn’t immediately fatal
A New Zealand company needs at least one resident director
24.11.2017 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
Hesketh Henry Recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 Legal Directory
Recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 Legal Directory
“Hallelujah, I’m free!” Exiting a multi-owner SME – the importance of a Shareholders’ Agreement
A Shareholders' Agreement is a contract between a company's owners which should regulate the way the business operates and how owners deal with each other.
19.07.2016 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
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
Alternate Directors – A Practical Solution
Could appointing an alternative director be a sensible option for your company?
17.07.2014 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
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
100% PURE NEW ZEALAND
Not all claims in advertising are meant to be taken literally.
11.08.2013 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
PPSA Pointer – Update Debtor’s Name Change or Lose Priority
For a secured party to retain the priority of their registration on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR), they must keep their financing statement up to date with all the information that ...
11.03.2013 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
Your ‘How-To’ guide to Directors’ duties
The recent slew of high profile cases involving directors of failed finance companies highlights the need for all current and would-be directors to understand and sufficiently perform their directors&...
11.02.2013 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
Planning – Where is Your Business Heading?
Successfully positioning your business for the future in terms of growth, succession or exit is crucially important for all businesses regardless of size or stage in the business life cycle. Without p...
11.02.2013 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
Changes to Company and Director Information Requirements – Will they affect your company?
The Companies and Limited Partnership Amendment Bill (“Bill“) proposes key changes to company director requirements which may affect up to 4,200 companies. This article outlines some key c...
11.02.2013 Posted in Corporate & Commercial & Insurance
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
Completing the Deal
Key steps in deal process In the current market, where it is generally taking parties some time to negotiate deals, we are seeing more heads of agreement being negotiated by clients as the first step ...
11.08.2012 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
Better understanding leads to more effective law
Lawyers need to have a greater understanding of a client’s business if they are to continue to play a key advisory role in their affairs. “Knowing the law isn’t enough any more,” says Hesketh ...
11.11.2008 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
Succeed In Business Succession
The Background To SME Business Succession Business succession for small to medium enterprise businesses (“SME’s”) has become a hot topic. Many SME business owners consider the sale o...
11.11.2006 Posted in Corporate & Commercial
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