Bell Gully provides a fully integrated service for overseas entities and individuals seeking to invest in or do business in New Zealand.
We have a strong track record advising on overseas investment across a broad range of sectors including retail, tourism, forestry, energy, horticulture and infrastructure.
We can advise at every stage of a proposed investment including legislative compliance, obtaining consent under the Overseas Investment Act 2005, equity and debt financing, employment, tax, Treaty of Waitangi considerations, resource management issues and licensing and immigration visa requirements.
Our team presented a series of nationwide seminars on the Overseas Investment Act 2005 in conjunction with the Overseas Investment Office when the Act was introduced and we co-authored the comprehensive New Zealand Law Society guide for practitioners on the Act. Andrew Petersen was a representative on the Technical Reference Group advising the New Zealand government on the review of the Overseas Investment Act 2005 and its regulations.
We acted on one of the first successful "sensitive land" consents to be granted under the Overseas Investment Act 2005 following a 2012 High Court decision, which requires the applicant to identify a counter-factual to the proposed overseas investment