Agribusiness

Agricultural businesses form the backbone of the New Zealand economy and our team has expertise across the entire primary sector.

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​​Flow-on effects from New Zealand's prosperous primary sector are felt throughout the country, from provincial towns to the biggest cities – and across sectors. Our expertise across the entire primary sector includes advising clients in the dairy, fisheries, red meat, wool, forestry, horticulture and viticulture industries, and we act for many leading New Zealand agribusinesses.

Our expertise includes:

  • advising on large scale, multi-faceted transactions,

  • drafting supply agreements and other commercial contracts,

  • advising on industry-specific legislation (such as the Fisheries Act), and

  • advising on trade and quota access issues, emissions trading schemes and commodity levies.

We have significant experience in acting for international  clients, including advising on investment structures and foreign investment requirements.

Dairy

Dairy consumption is growing in the developing world faster than domestic production. New Zealand is the eighth largest milk producing country in the world and is well placed to take advantage of the opportunities this brings.

Fisheries

For our clients in the fisheries sector, we advise on everything from infrastructure development to compliance with the Fisheries Act and advise on the application of the quota provisions of the Overseas Investment Act.

Meat

Our team's recent work includes advising on potential transactions to streamline the meat processing industry (including advising on trade and quota access issues associated with meat industry rationalisation) and advising a major New Zealand meat processing company on the implications of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

Wool

Our advice to the wool industry stretches back to the Wool Board and its disestablishment and transfer of its assets to new commercial entities in 2002.

Wine, viticulture, horticulture

We have forged a strong reputation as advisers to many New Zealand winemakers and grape growers, as well as their representative body New Zealand Winegrowers. Click here to see our food, beverage and hospitality experience.

Dair​​​y

Advised on many major transactions in the dairy industry, including:

  • New Zealand Dairy Foods on the NZ$1.17 billion asset swap with Fonterra,

  • Goodman Fielder on the purchase of dairy assets and on their milk supply agreement with Fonterra,

  • Mitsui on its investment in Christchurch milk processing business Synlait,

  • VinaMilk on its investment in majority Māori-owned and controlled dairy processing company Miraka,

  • Global Dairy Network, a supplier of dairy products produced by non-Fonterra dairy manufacturers in New Zealand, and

  • on the original acquisition of New Zealand Dairy Foods from the Dairy Board.

​F​​​isheries​

Advising on all legal aspects including the infrastructure development, compliance with the Fisheries Act and on the application of the quota provisions in the Overseas Investment Act.

Acting for Aotearoa Fisheries, the largest Māori-owned fisheries company in New Zealand, on the company's major commercial transactions. Ot​​her transactional work has included advising Ngāi Tahu Seafoods on its acquisition of Cook Strait Seafoods and 50% purchase of fishing fleet Pacific Trawling and integration of those acquired businesses.

Forestry
We remain at the forefront of commercial forestry in New Zealand. Clic​k here to see our fores​​​try experience.

​M​​eat​​

Advising on potential transactions to streamline the meat processing industry (including advising on trade and quota access issues associated w​​ith meat industry rationalisation) and advising a major New Zealand meat processing company on the implications of​​ the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. We previously advised the Meat Board on commodity levies.

W​​​​​​ool

Advising the industry ​since acting on the disestablishment and transfer of the New Zealand Wool Board's assets to new commercial entities in 2002.

Advised Cavalier Wool Holdings on its successful formal authorisation application to acquire wool scouring and wool grease assets, and successfully defended a subsequent appeal against the authorisation.

Win​​e, viticulture, horticulture

Advises to many New Zealand winemakers and grape growers, as well as their representative body New Zealand Winegrowers. Please click here to see our wine e​​xperience. 

In Horticulture, we acted for BayWa on its takeover offer for Turners & Growers valued at NZ$216 million.

We also acted for Golden Wing Mau Agricultural Produce Corporation, a Chinese fruit producer and exporter, on its NZ$72 million acquisition of an aggregate 19.99 per cent shareholding in T&G Global Limited from Bartel Holdings Limited and Tiger Ventures NZ Limited.​ T&G is still controlled by BayWa, which owns over 70 per cent of the company.

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  • James Cooney

    Partner Auckland
  • Glenn Joblin

    Partner Auckland
  • Andrew Petersen

    Partner Auckland