Business, Property & Finance

Providing business, property and finance sectors with expert advice, astute strategies, robust structures, and skilful negotiation to achieve optimal solutions.

Brookfields Lawyers' Business Property and Finance team combines expertise in the areas you need to deal with your legal issues.  Our lawyers are experts in their relevant industry sectors, and focussed on practical, workable solutions.  Whether you are a large private commercial concern, a public entity or a small to medium business enterprise (SME), Brookfields Lawyers' business, property and finance team can help you cut through the complexities of doing business.

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Examples of our Services Include:

  • Business and Company Sales & Purchases
  • Commercial property
  • Rural and Farming Law
  • Due diligence (on businesses and property)
  • Business Structures
  • Information Technology
  • Construction
  • Intellectual Property
  • Overseas investment in New Zealand
  • Franchising and Licensing
  • Subdivision and unit / strata titles
  • Commercial leasing
  • Tenders and other procurement processes
  • Insolvency, Receiverships, bankruptcy
  • Compulsory acquisition processes
  • Resource management issues and compliance
  • Building Law and Regulation

Business Sales and Purchases

Brookfields' commercial lawyers routinely advise clients on business purchases and sales. We make sure our clients make the appropriate choice for their circumstances and that the agreement deals with the issues in their business to ensure a clean transfer of assets or shares with the appropriate allocation of risk between the vendor and purchaser.

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Business Structures

The Business, Finance Property team advises clients on their choice of vehicle and assists those clients to tailor their chosen vehicles to best achieve their particular goals. Making the right choice depends on the ability to weigh all the options in the overall business and legal context and spotting the traps for the inexperienced player.

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Charities and Not for Profits

The Charities and Not for Profit sector is an increasingly complex area with the law requiring stringent observance of the rules by those who run said organisations. In terms of structure, there is no easy answer as to what will work.

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Competition Law

Our competition law experience includes helping clients to devise merger or acquisition strategies, advising on anti‑competitive risks and presenting applications for Commerce Commission clearances or authorisations.

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Construction

When you are looking for help with construction legal issues, you need a team with experience, expertise and an awareness of the processes in construction and development. Brookfields Lawyers has a highly experienced team that deals with all aspects of construction law, from the initial decisions on how to structure a construction project, through to the contract stage, including dealing with any problems that may occur.

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Consumer Law

There are dozens of statutes which affect the rights of consumers of goods and services. While many of these are specific to the particular goods or services concerned, there are many with a more general application. Brookfields Lawyers have a specialist consumer law team, which advises on these and all other aspects of consumer law.

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Franchising and Licensing

Whether you are a franchisor or a franchisee or thinking about becoming one Brookfields has the expertise to provide you with the assistance you require.

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Information Technology

The information technology sector is growing increasingly complex and requires expert knowledge of all the relevant crossover sectors from regulatory issues (competition law, Broadcasting standards, IP) through to commercial contract drafting.

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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property can be the most important asset of any business.  Brookfields Lawyers can assist you to understand how to protect your Intellectual Property, how to enforce your Intellectual Property rights and what strategies you need to manage your Intellectual Property.

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Leasing

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant Brookfields Lawyers can assist you with all of your leasing requirements.

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Overseas Investment

New Zealand is an investment friendly country. However, consent from the Overseas Investment Office is needed for some business and land transactions The Overseas Investment Act 2005 has set up a regime for screening acquisitions of business assets or sensitive land by overseas persons.

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Property

At Brookfields Lawyers we have a passion for property. Whether you are buying your first home or are a sophisticated commercial property developer, we can provide you with the legal advice you need.

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Unit Titles

The Unit Titles Act is a difficult piece of legislation to understand.  Brookfields Lawyers Unit Title experts can assist you to understand its processes and requirements.

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Venture Capital

Consulting an experienced commercial lawyer is critical when you are considering seeking venture capital finance, or if you are considering investing in a business venture. There are different structures and contractual arrangements that can apply in any given situation.

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Building Law Regulation

Development on both a large or small scale is regulated by the Building Act 2004 under which local authorities manage the inspection and certification regime. The Act aims to ensure that building work is carried out safely, with people's well-being and sustainability in mind and to promote the accountability of owners, designers, builders and local authorities in meeting their responsibilities under the Act.

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Building Construction, Leaky Buildings

Building regulation has proven to be a litigious area of law. Since the "leaky building crisis" and the Christchurch earthquakes people have turned to the Building Act to see how it can better address such issues. The current Government has been working through staged amendments to the Act with a view to providing a more robust regime.

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Commercial Leasing

A lease is an asset to both the landlord and the tenant. Both parties need to ensure that it reflects their understanding of how the arrangement will work and need to consider their ongoing obligations.

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Commercial Property

Brookfields' commercial property lawyers provide complete legal solutions for commercial property and real estate transactions, including sale and purchase of land, leases and land subdivision including the resource consent process.

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Construction

When you are looking for help with construction legal issues, you need a team with experience, expertise and an awareness of the processes in construction and development. Brookfields has a highly experienced team that deals with all aspects of construction law, from the initial decisions on how to structure a construction project, through to the contract stage, including dealing with any problems that may occur.

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Infrastructure

Brookfields' infrastructure team draws on the specialist skills of a number of our partners providing a highly experienced group with an integrated approach to our clients' infrastructure and other major projects.

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Lease Issues and Disputes

A lease is a key asset for both landlord and tenant. You need a well drafted lease to balance the interests of both parties and so that throughout the term of the lease, the obligations of the lessor and lessee are clearly understood. Sometimes however problems or disputes can arise where the lease is not clear on a particular issue.

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Maori Owned Assets

Brookfields has over many years provided legal services to Māori landowners and to those dealing with Maori land issues. Māori land is unique in our country as it carries alongside it a range of cultural values that must be protected.

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Residential Real Estate

Residential real estate impacts most of Brookfields' clients. Most of our clients own their own home. Many of our clients purchase residential property as part of their investment portfolio. There is a view that conveyancing is formulaic and can be done by anyone. From our experience of later picking up the pieces, this is often not the case.

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Retirement Villages

Brookfields acts for both private clients purchasing in a retirement village and also for owners/operators of retirement villages. This means that we are expert in understanding all aspects of this area of law. We also can advise you about longer term issues that we have seen in the past.

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Rural and Farming Law

Through its long history Brookfields has provided legal services to the rural community throughout New Zealand. Among our rural clients we have a number of farming families for whom we have acted for generations as well as new agricultural undertakings. We provide practical advice in dealing with, what is today, a very technical business.

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Finance


Banking and Financial Services

Banking and finance law is a specialist area of Brookfields' practice. Our clients include banks and other financial institutions, insurance companies, local government bodies, corporate trustees, receivers, liquidators, investors and developers.

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Insolvency, Receiverships, Bankruptcy

Brookfields has broad expertise in corporate restructuring, receiverships, liquidations, voluntary administration, arrangements, compromises, bankruptcy, security enforcement and insolvency related advice and litigation.

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