They are a team I am happy to recommend to any domestic or offshore company or person as a firm they can rely on for accurate and sensible legal advice.

– Allan MacDonald, Managing Director PTG Food Limited 

Commercial Law

Our commercial lawyers provide comprehensive advice to our commercial and corporate clients.  Our business clients range from individuals and families to large companies trading internationally.

We regularly advise our business clients on:

  • buying and selling businesses, companies and other investment vehicles
  • financing and lending
  • commercial contracts including disputes about contracts
  • structuring suitable business entities including companies, joint ventures, partnerships, trading trusts and franchises
  • distribution, agency and supply agreements and terms of trade
  • franchising (acting for both franchisors and franchisees) and licensing
  • joint ventures and partnerships (including limited partnerships)
  • shareholding arrangements and disputes
  • Commerce Act implications of restrictive trade practices and business acquisitions
  • advertising and marketing, including sales promotions
  • employment matters (including employment agreements, redundancy and dismissal issues, personal restraint of trade and confidential information matters)

I can genuinely say I enjoy the relationship we have and am very thankful to have Patrick and the team at Malloy Goodwin Harford working with us.

Examples of our work

  • Advising a Pacific Island Government on joint venture arrangements with an international shipping company for a shipping and logistics service business covering the Pacific area
  • Advising national franchisors of a book and stationery retail franchise, hydraulic goods and services franchise, building company franchise and electrical and plumbing service franchise
  • Advising the majority owner of a leading alarm product manufacturer and distributor on buy out arrangements of its New Zealand and Israeli shareholders
  • Advising on restructuring arrangements for a national food service business and a national retailer
  • Advising a New Zealand food processor in its joint venture arrangements with a Japanese company, and acting for the joint venture entity in its purchase of a New Zealand food processing business.
  • Advising a leading New Zealand fresh food producer and processor on its sale to one of the world’s largest suppliers to the food service industry
  • Advising a Hong Kong private equity company on the purchase of a Queensland food manufacturing business
  • Advising a private training establishment (PTE) on the sale of its business to an Australian private equity group.
  • Establishing a Limited Partnership vehicle for a New Zealand primary products processing business and its investors.
  • Advising on the sale of an Auckland advertising agency, and the acquisition of a minority holding in a multi-national advertising agency.
  • Advising on the sale of a 50% interest in a New Zealand ice cream manufacturing business.
  • Advising a 50% equity partner on appropriate shareholding arrangements in a hospitality business company.
  • Advising the principals of a leading New Zealand sporting academy on shareholding, licensing and operational matters.
  • Advising an investment banker buying into a leading New Zealand investment and funds management company.
  • Advice on a large number of shareholder and joint venture arrangements for privately owned companies throughout New Zealand
  • Acting on joint venture arrangements for an Auckland provider of prepress products and services and the subsequent purchases by the joint venture entity of New Zealand businesses, including a business creating and producing television and radio commercials.
  • Advising and assisting with the joint venture arrangements for a New Zealand importer and distributor of measuring instruments, and assisting with a subsequent purchase by the joint venture entity of a South Island business.
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