We support those involved in business, whether big or small, and whether at the early stages in forming a company or entering into a joint venture, ongoing support with commercial contracts and compliance when operating the business, raising capital for expansion and new initiatives, or assisting with the sale of the business to a purchaser. We come alongside business owners and seek to fully understand your market and industry so we can provide the best advice possible.
We can help with:
We also often deal with foreign companies wishing to invest in New Zealand and can help with Overseas Investment Office applications and more generally with a smooth entry into the New Zealand market (including visa and immigration assistance) with assistance provided by our native Chinese speakers and staff who speak Japanese.
Complementing our business advice we have teams who specialise in disputes, employment and property.
We support those involved in technology in particular with advice on start-ups and new joint ventures. We have experience with the sale of large technology businesses which have been sold for tens of millions. We also regularly advise on IT contracts such as licenses and software development agreements.
In this sector we have acted for decades for significant Teach businesses, including Tait Communications. Our former senior partner, Peter van Rij was Chairman of Tait Limited for many years and remains on the Board of Directors. Our clients range from those involved in start up software businesses to those with new inventions and technologies that are still at the research stage. Some of our clients have been involved in different lightning labs and accelerators around the country and we have experience reviewing the associated documentation that comes with those programs.
In the educational sector we act for Code Club Aotearoa and Partner Kris Morrison is a Board Member.
We have also recently started our own IT start-up working with software developers on a solution that we think can be used in the legal industry and which will be unveiled in due course. This process has meant we have had to directly face, ourselves, many of the curly issues that confront early stage IT companies and funding rounds and issues associated with them.
In this area we have a dedicated website at innovate.parryfield.com where we are providing templates for use by technology companies. On that site we also have different articles and blog comments on the state of the industry.
Steven is in the corporate and commercial team and focuses on international companies investing in New Zealand as well as NZ companies with their domestic and international operations. He regularly advises on joint venture arrangements and due diligence on acquisition targets and works with start-ups (ranging from tech companies to social enterprises) to get their structure right.
Steven studied at Canterbury University and worked for 11 years at international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright in Tokyo (4 years), London (3 years) and Sydney (4 years). Prior to this he spent 3 years in Wellington at a national firm. He has extensive experience in-house, including one year at Caltex in Sydney and two years at Mitsui in Tokyo. This provided him with an insight into clients’ drivers and requirements and the benefits of clear, timely and practical advice.
“Steven’s ability to interpret my sometimes limited instructions and quickly prepare accurate deliverables as well as think ahead to what else I may need – whether an associated email or suggested next steps – has been a huge help to me.”
Charlotte Harris, Group Commercial Manager, Tait Communications
“The guidance and advice I received from Steven has been instrumental to the development of The Commuting Book. It gave me confidence to move forward and think big and I particularly appreciate being challenged with interesting questions that helped bring new perspectives to the project.”
Magda Lorenzo, Founder of The Commuting Book