Areas of Expertise
Paul specialises in:
- Corporate and commercial
- Commercial Property
Paul is a commercial lawyer with a broad background of experience across many areas of commercial, corporate and property law.
Paul’s practice includes advising on business and share sales/purchases, commercial leasing, corporate structuring, commercial property transactions, and negotiation and preparation of a wide range of commercial agreements.
Paul has worked in a variety of roles, in private practice and in-house, for leading law firms, financial institutions and other organisations in New Zealand and overseas (including in-house legal counsel roles in the UK for Barclays bank and the NYSE Euronext stock exchange group). The breadth of his experience means he is able to give practical and commercially focused legal advice across a range of areas.
Indicative Previous Work
Assisting numerous employers with various employment matters, including provision of bespoke template employment agreements, and advising on restructuring/redundancy processes, assisting with investigation/disciplinary/termination processes;
Assisting both tenant and landlord parties with numerous lease disputes, including in relation to Covid-19 related issues;
Preparing customised buy/sell (cross-option) agreements for shareholders to use in conjunction with insurance arrangements;
Advising on asset structuring matters, including preparing/amending wills, enduring powers of attorney, and assisting with the formation of family trusts for asset protection purposes;
Advising on trade mark and intellectual property matters;
Assisting with the sale of a stake in a major childcare centre operator, and advising on numerous matters relating to that business (both before and after investment);
Advising numerous clients on commercial lease arrangements, including major franchisor entities with multiple sites;
Syndicated acquisition of a $9m commercial property;
Completing significant company structuring/restructuring projects (including preparation of shareholders agreements for continuing shareholders and negotiation of settlements/exits for departing shareholders);
Advising a major landowning institution on construction contracts for a $25m+ project;
Completing numerous business and/or share sales and purchases, across a range of different industries;
Advising on international product distribution arrangements;
Negotiating settlement of various claims and/or actions against clients by the Official Asignee and the IRD;
Reviewing and/or redrafting core commercial documentation (including standard terms and conditions, and/or supply agreements) for a number of well-known clients;
Completing a $41 million bank refinancing transaction (involving multiple entities and properties);
Advising a major NZ financial institution on commercial aspects of the Emmissions Trading Scheme, and drafting their standard contract for purchasing emissions units;
Negotiating supply contracts for a major IT infrastrucure project;
Sale of a $2 million helicopter and purchase of a light aircraft; and
Advising major hospitality group in relation to its liquor licensing and leasing affairs.