Commercial contracts

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Our experts are renowned for their commercial, pragmatic approach and their deep expertise. We’re calm under pressure and work alongside you to help deliver enduring contractual solutions.

Our Commercial Contracts team will give you tailored and pragmatic advice, along with innovative and commercial solutions, whether you’re working on a strategic transaction or a day-to-day business matter.

Whatever you’re doing, chances are we’ve been involved in that type of contract or issue before – that helps us frame contractual solutions which are fairly represent market norms.

Ranked Band 1 by top legal directory Chambers Asia-Pacific, our Commercial Contracts team offers expert guidance on a wide range of contracting matters. 

Whether you need a contract drafted or reviewed, advice on a particular aspect, or help with negotiations, we can assist with: 

  • Strategic relationships, e.g., joint ventures, alliances, outsourcing 
  • Development, manufacturing, reseller, supply and distribution
  • Terms and conditions, privacy policies 
  • Procurement, warehousing, and logistics
  • Memorandums of understanding (MOUs), term sheets and Letters of Intent (LOIs)
  • Sponsorships and event delivery arrangements
  • Technology – licensing, development, support, and acquisition

Our experts advise on regulatory matters across the spectrum of contracts, including those under Fair Trading Act, Consumer Guarantees Act, Commerce Act, Privacy Act, Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act, Medicines Act and a wide range of sector-specific regulations. 

We also provide specialist advice on procurement practices, and routinely assist in-house legal teams with business-as-usual overflow and special projects.  

The team regularly advises on some of the most significant projects shaping New Zealand’s future, and works with a wide variety of major corporates, specialist start-ups, high-growth companies, and exporters. 

MinterEllisonRuddWatts are more commercial, better connected, more balanced and better at integrating into our team than others. Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022


Recent highlights
Business objective and growth contract advice

Advising a health science business on the establishment and growth of its COVID-19 testing business in New Zealand, including licensing of the underlying technology, contracts for testing and screening services with customers, and contracts with suppliers of laboratory services.

Contracting compliance advice

Co-ordinating subject-matter experts advising one of New Zealand’s major banks on compliance with the requirements of the Fair Trading Amendment Act 2019 across its business.  

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