New Zealand has passed a law called the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (we will call it the AML/CFT law). The purpose of the law reflects New Zealand's commitment to the international initiative to counter the impact that criminal activity has on people and economies within the global community. Recent changes… Read More.

[Winter 2015] New director residency requirements have been introduced for all New Zealand companies. These changes came into effect on 1 May 2015, with all existing companies having an additional 180 days to comply with the new requirements (so by 28 October 2015). Specifically, the New Zealand Companies Act 1993 requires companies incorporated in New… Read More.

[Summer 2013] Ensure legal and financial issues are in order Just like selling your house – it’s important that you present your business to buyers in the best possible light. Buyers will go over your business records in detail, especially your financial records. So, prior to a buyer doing this, it makes sense to do… Read More.

[Winter 2014] The Consumer Law Reform Bill passed into law on 17 December 2013 bringing about some of the most significant changes to consumer law in decades and more closely aligning our law to Australian consumer law. The changes have been staggered, with most already being in force and one key amendment being effective from… Read More.

[Spring 2013] So you’re contemplating getting into business and wondering whether to go for a franchise. This article discusses the basic terminology and features of a franchise. ‘Franchisor’ Owner of a unique business system. ‘Franchisee’ Person who is licensed to use the franchisor's system and name in their own separate business for a specified term.… Read More.

[Spring 2013] Would you rather invest your time and money in your business, or in costly legal disputes? It’s a no brainer, right? We help our clients to put in place agreements that avoid costly legal disputes and also ultimately increase the value of their business. Here are some of the more common agreements that… Read More.

[Spring 2011] Often we meet people who've taken the leap and are operating their businesses through a company; but who (apart from listening to the initial advice on why a company structure was best) have little understanding about ongoing governance. What is 'governance'? I hear you ask. Simply, it's how you operate and manage your… Read More.

[Summer 2012] In our digital world, individuals and businesses are increasingly reliant on technology to efficiently conduct business. Cloud computing is one such technology. It offers businesses an alternative, low-cost means for storing and processing information. What is cloud computing? Cloud computing is a technology that uses the internet and remote servers to store information… Read More.