Overseas investment

Bell Gully is New Zealand’s leading law firm for advice on overseas investment.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our team has oversea​s investment expertise across a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, commercial property, energy, forestry, retail, tourism and the wine industry.

We provide a fully integrated service for international investors in New Zealand, and can advise at every stage of a proposed investment. ​Our experts can assist in obtaining consent under the Overseas Investment Act, investment structures, equity and debt financing, employment, tax, Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi​ considerations, resource management issues and immigration requirements.

Work highlights

GIC Real Estate’s joint venture with Goodman Property Trust
Acted for Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC Real Estate, on its investment into the rapidly developing Viaduct Quarter, which required a “significant business assets” consent from the Overseas Investment Office. This was the first real estate investment by GIC into New Zealand, and involved a complex acquisition from an existing joint venture party and new joint venture arrangements with NZX listed Goodman Property Trust.

Danone’s acquisition of Sutton Group and Gardians
Acted for Danone on its acquisition of New Zealand milk formula processing and packing factories from Sutton Group and Gardians, which required a “sensitive land” consent from the Overseas Investment Office.