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International Trade & Overseas Investment

 国际贸易与海外投资            国際貿易と外国投資            국제 무역 및 해외 투자

International Trade

As a nation that is export-led and fuelled by global trade, New Zealand businesses increasingly import, export and transact globally in their everyday operations. Operating on the global stage presents a variety of challenges for business through the varying legal requirements and regulatory frameworks by jurisdictions across different countries.

Tompkins Wake is skilled and experienced at helping clients manage cross-border transactions and business operations. From agricultural exports, international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and financial investment, our team work with our clients who export and transact in over 120 countries globally, many with permanent operations and subsidiaries offshore.

When it comes to handling foreign law and jurisdictional issues, Tompkins Wake is the exclusive New Zealand member of First Law International, providing our clients with the comfort of having recognised experts across more than 75 countries worldwide.  First Law International is a Leading Global legal network (as ranked by Chambers & Partners Global). 

Overseas Investment

To invest in New Zealand’s sensitive land and significant business assets, overseas investors must get consent and approval through the Overseas Investment Office (OIO). Investors who need consent:

  • generally aren’t New Zealand citizens or are people who don’t ordinarily live here
  • are bodies, such as companies, trusts, and joint ventures, with more than 25 per cent overseas ownership or control
  • can include associates (including New Zealanders) of overseas investors.

Proposed investments must meet criteria in the Overseas Investment Act 2005. This will usually require investors to establish their business experience, that they are of good character and for sensitive land, demonstrate the benefits to New Zealand of their investment. Our team has experience in obtaining consent for overseas investors across a wide variety of transactions.

Areas of expertise:

  • Agribusiness Transactions
  • Commercial Property Transactions
  • Corporate Structuring/Restructuring
  • Employment Contracts
  • Overseas Investment
  • Overseas Investment Office applications
  • Shareholder Agreements

International Trade & Overseas Investment team

Bryce Davey


Campbell Izzard


Campbell Stewart


Mark Renner


Philip Monahan


Phil Taylor


Tina Liu

Senior Associate

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