New Zealand Start Up Pack

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This Start-up Pack has been designed and prepared by DLA Piper’s High Growth initiative, which includes lawyers with expertise in intellectual property, corporate, employment, regulatory and tax matters.

The purpose of this Start-up Pack is to provide assistance and support to early stage start-ups and high growth companies in New Zealand that are looking to establish their business on a more formal basis. Creating the right legal framework and ensuring that the business is protected at the outset is vital for a business to achieve its full potential.

We have drawn from our significant experience in advising companies at all stages in the corporate life cycle to assist start-up companies with understanding some of the key legal issues that are likely to be relevant to them at this stage of their development.

This Start-up Pack contains the key legal documents that an early stage start-up in New Zealand will need and includes:


  • a constitution;
  • a subscription and shareholders’ agreement;
  • an intellectual property assignment agreement;
  • a non-disclosure agreement;
  • a standard employment contract;
  • standard terms for website use; and
  • a privacy policy.

We have also included the following guidance notes and checklists:

  • a step by step guide to setting up a limited company in New Zealand;
  • an intellectual property, sales and marketing checklist;
  • a tax checklist; and
  • a guide to the New Zealand regulatory framework for raising equity finance.

The information contained in this Start-up Pack is offered open source and is freely available. It is intended to be shared amongst the start-up and high growth community to educate and provide assistance to start-ups to reach their full potential.


For more information, to send feedback, or for receiving legal updates regarding start-ups please send an email to

The legal documents are in Microsoft Word format. Users with Windows who do not have access to Microsoft Word can view Word documents on this website by downloading Word Viewer.

This Start-up Pack is subject to the terms and conditions of use stated on the final page of the document.


  • New Zealand Start-Up Pack