Martin Thomson focuses in M&A including private treaty transactions, cross-border transactions, competitive sale processes, public takeovers and legal due diligence reviews. He also advises on securities and company law, joint ventures and commercial contracts.

Martin has over 25 years' experience advising clients in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

He advises clients involving a diverse range of industries including particularly the forestry, agriculture, wine, food processing, insurance and financial services, and technology sectors.

Martin has worked on some of the largest M&A transactions in the forestry sector in New Zealand, including the acquisition of the Kaingaroa Forest Estate in 2003 and subsequent progressive sales. He also has extensive experience advising on a number of the day-to-day legal matters arising in relation to forestry assets including forestry rights, Crown forestry licences, wood supply contracts, stumpage supply contracts, access arrangements, joint ventures, the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, forest management arrangements and Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

His clients are based both in New Zealand and offshore. He regularly advises offshore clients on the issues involved in setting up businesses or acquiring assets in New Zealand. He has extensive experience assisting overseas clients to obtain consent under the Overseas Investment Act in New Zealand. He also advises clients on appropriate investment structures in New Zealand.

Martin is Chairman of the New Zealand China Trade Association, which promotes and strengthens trade with and investment between New Zealand and China. He is also joint head of the firm's China practice, which focuses on providing advice to organisations undertaking investments between China and New Zealand.