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In the face of turbulent global markets, many investors are turning towards property as a stable and dependable investment opportunity. This demand has also driven a boom in the construction sector in New Zealand, providing huge opportunities for investors, developers and builders alike.

To make the most of these opportunities, businesses in this space need to ensure that they are making sound decisions at the right times. Our combination of market knowledge, commercial focus, and quality legal advice means that we deliver results for our clients, helping them to realise their commercial objectives while mitigating risk.

We help clients with projects from start to finish, whether they are looking to raise finance for a property acquisition, or are involved in the construction of a major infrastructure project – we have the right expertise for all property and construction related matters.

Our Overseas Investment Regime Guide (PDF) is designed to be a helpful reference for overseas investors considering investing in New Zealand.

Property

The Property team advises clients on the broad spectrum of commercial property work, with our practice extending from major overseas and domestic portfolio acquisitions and disposals, to the development and leasing of office, retail and industrial properties.

We regularly involve our Environment, Planning and Natural Resources specialists to achieve our clients' strategic objectives. We also work closely with our Litigation team where appropriate, whether in respect of significant and complex rent review arbitrations or in resolving other property-related disputes. 

Our experience includes advising:

  • Listed entities and funds on the acquisitions and divestments of major shopping centres throughout New Zealand, including The Base Shopping Centre, Lynn Mall, the Dress Smart portfolio, Meridian Mall and South City Shopping Centre.
  • Multiplex in connection with the acquisition and development of numerous properties, including the acquisition of the ASB Bank Centre Auckland and the development of the premium grade office tower situated at 80 Queen Street.
  • Fonterra in their head office relocation and consolidation.
  • Overseas and local parties on the acquisition and divestment of farmland and vineyards, including advising on the sale of Pinny Farms.
  • Progressive Enterprises on its major mixed-use retail development at Vinegar Lane, Ponsonby, Auckland.
  • Ports of Auckland with respect to its property matters, including land and wharf dispositions, leasing, subdivision and title restructuring.
  • Auckland International Airport on a broad range of general property and property management related matters, including Public Works Act issues, leasing negotiations, document preparation and land title issues.
  • Goodman Group in relation to all elements of its property acquisition development (including the acquisition and development of Highbrook) and capital raising work.
  • The developer of a $600 million hotel and apartment complex in the South Island.
  • On the New Zealand property aspects of the Woolworths due diligence for transfer to a new Real Estate Investment Trust (and leaseback) of $1.45 billion of Australasian retail properties, including major supermarkets and associated mixed retail tenancies.
  • Progressive Enterprises on its supermarket developments, including acquisition of land and all related property issues, general property management advice, and sale and leaseback of own developed supermarkets.
  • The development and leasing of mixed use regional destination centre at Five Mile, Queenstown.
  • KiwiRail on a broad range of general property and property management related matters, including development and leasing negotiations, and network title issues.
  • Vector on property title and easement and encumbrance issues affecting its New Zealand network.
  • Spark (formerly Telecom) on the property aspects of its demerger into Spark and Chorus. This deal won the ALB Legal Awards New Zealand Deal of the Year Award in 2012.
  • Pengxin International Group on the acquisition of the Crafar Farms.
  • On the development of Highbrook Business Park, a 9,800sqm town centre development in Manukau.

Construction

By getting to know our client's commercial priorities, we ensure the advice we provide our clients clearly sets out their legal priorities. As well as quality commercial advice, the team offers in-depth knowledge of standard industry documentation, quality advice on relevant legislation, experience of current market practice, and comprehensive construction and projects dispute management.

And when things go wrong or disputes arise, our team of experienced construction litigators advise clients on avoiding and resolving construction disputes efficiently, attaining the best possible commercial and legal outcomes.

Our experience includes advising:

  • Developers and occupiers on the leasing and construction of new office buildings, including the ASB Bank HQ, Fonterra HQ and Wynyard Central.
  • Vector on construction contract advice for a range of infrastructure projects, including relocation of cabling for the Transmission Gully project.
  • Watercare Services on its network maintenance contracts.
  • A banking syndicate on the development of the Britomart precinct in Auckland.
  • Multiplex on the acquisition, construction and leasing of the Deloitte Centre, 80 Queen Street, Auckland.
  • Kiwi Income Property Trust on all construction related aspects of the new ASB HQ in Auckland.
  • Lion on the procurement and construction related matters associated with its business operations.
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