DLA Piper New Zealand has extensive experience in overseas investment in New Zealand, assisting Chinese and Asian organisations to acquire New Zealand investments and advising New Zealand companies expanding into Asia. In this way, we act in true partnership with our clients.

We have led on a number of strategically important matters, both inbound for a number of Fortune 500 multinational companies; and outbound, working with our global colleagues to assist Chinese companies in the execution of their ambitious global growth strategies.

Our work includes ensuring Chinese speaking clients understand the steps they must take when investing in New Zealand, and ensuring they understand New Zealand’s legislative and regulatory requirements. We offer fluent spoken and written Mandarin and Cantonese and can explain the New Zealand business and investment environment plainly. To facilitate insight into the New Zealand market, we often translate relevant documents for clients.

Because of the work we have done for Chinese clients, we also have a deep understanding of context and culture in Chinese society.  Our offices in China – Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Beijing – are well positioned to help New Zealand organisations seeking expansion and business opportunities in this dynamic country.  We also have offices in Singapore, Korea, Thailand and Japan, assisting both New Zealand clients looking at these Asian markets, and international clients looking to invest in New Zealand.

Our lawyers are often called upon by banking, trade organisations and government agencies to present seminars, and offer opinion and expertise on Asia to clients inside New Zealand.


  • Helping offshore clients invest in New Zealand
  • Facilitating New Zealand company investment in Asia (including China)
  • Overseas Investment Office (OIO)


Yashili Dairy Co., Limited
DLA Piper New Zealand acted for Yashili in the purchase land in Pokeno to construct and operate a milk processing facility where the total expenditure to establish the business (pre-commencement) exceeds NZ$100 million. The project is the first standalone Chinese dairy investment in New Zealand and highlights the wide scope of DLA Piper New Zealand's Asia expertise, in particular in respect of inbound investment, and having the requisite language capabilities to communicate directly in Chinese.

Changda International New Zealand Limited
DLA Piper New Zealand acted for Changda International New Zealand Limited in the acquisition of a large development site of approximately 40 hectares in Orewa, Auckland for the purpose of large scale residential development with an estimated cost in excess of NZ$100 million.

The transaction involved due diligence in relation to the acquisition, complex resource management issues, and a multifaceted application for Overseas Investment Office consent.

Bright Dairy and Food Co. Limited
DLA Piper New Zealand acted for the company in its acquisition of a controlling interest in New Zealand’s Synlait Milk Limited. This included applying for and obtaining Overseas Investment Office consent.