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.

Brookfields has provided overseas investment advice to a number of internationally based clients and has a wealth of experience in guiding overseas investors through the intricacies of the New Zealand overseas investment regime.

Proper and clear advice should be sought whenever there is a potential risk that the overseas investment requirements might come in to play as a breach of those requirements has serious consequences for vendors and overseas purchasers alike.

We can advise you on doing business in New Zealand including:

  • Obtaining consent under the Overseas Investment Act
  • Ongoing compliance with approval conditions
  • Financing including debt and equity finance
  • Trade practices
  • Property law
  • Environmental compliance and consents
  • Treaty of Waitangi and Maori issues
  • Employment issues
  • Immigration and visas

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