Primary industries

The forestry and agribusiness sectors continue to be the backbone of the New Zealand economy. Our expertise across the entire primary sector includes advising clients in the forestry, dairy, fisheries, red meat, wool, horticulture and viticulture industries, and we act for many leading New Zealand agribusinesses.

Our expertise includes:

  • advising on the establishment of joint ventures, planning and environmental applications,
  • 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.

Work highlights


Synlait Milk
Advised Synlait Milk on an offer of up to NZ$150 million of five-year unsecured subordinated fixed rate bonds.

Westland Co-operative Dairy Company
Advised Westland Co-operative Dairy Company on its strategic review and $588 million sale to Yili Group by way of scheme of arrangement.