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DLA Piper New Zealand

DLA PIPER TOWER, LEVEL 22, 205 QUEEN STREET, AUCKLAND 1010, NEW ZEALAND
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Work +64 9 303 2019
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Fax +64 9 303 2311
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DLA Piper New Zealand, Martin Thomson, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

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Martin Thomson

Tel:
Work +64 9 300 3850
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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Partner, Corporate and M&A

Position

Martin is a specialist in M&A, including private treaty transactions, cross-border transactions, competitive sale processes, public takeovers and legal due diligence reviews. He advises clients on corporate and commercial law in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Martin also advises on securities and company law, joint ventures and commercial contracts. He advises clients on transactions involving a diverse range of industries, including particularly the forestry, agriculture, wine, 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. 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. Martin also advises a number of offshore institutional investors in relation to investments in the New Zealand agriculture sector. His clients are based both in New Zealand and offshore. Martin 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 Office in New Zealand. He also advises clients on appropriate investment structures in New Zealand. Martin is joint head of the firm's China practice, which focuses on providing advice to organisations undertaking investments between China and New Zealand. For further information, please view: https://www.dlapiper.co.nz/people/martin-thomson

Career

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 1987; Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, 1993

Member

New Zealand Law Society; Law Society of England and Wales; Member of The Institute of Directors of New Zealand; Chairman of the New Zealand China Trade Association

Education

LLB, University of Otago, 1987; BCom, University of Otago, 1987


New Zealand

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

The firm 'meets or exceeds our expectations', says a major corporate client of DLA Piper New Zealand, which not only works on significant cross-border deals as part of its global network, but also acts in large domestic transactions. Auckland-based Martin Thomson, who frequently advises overseas companies and funds on their investments in the forestry, agriculture, dairy, meat processing, wine and food manufacturing sectors, and Wellington-based financial and insurance sector corporate specialist Rachel Taylor  lead the practice. Taylor acted for Libra Partners in its acquisition of a stake in Tenon Clearwood. Thomson is the key partner in the firm's foreign investment practice and with 'highly regarded M&A lawyer' Reuben Woods frequently acts for Chinese clients investing in New Zealand. In Auckland, Martin Wiseman is 'an excellent corporate lawyer, very committed to client service'. He advised Visa on the NZ$150m acquisition of payments solutions provider Fraedom Holdings.

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