MinterEllisonRuddWatts is one of the few New Zealand law firms to have a dedicated Forestry team.

We have been involved in many of the major forestry transactions in New Zealand over many years, acting for both buyers and sellers of forests and forestry interests.

Our team includes specialists who work together to find commercial and cost effective solutions for you and your business. Our industry experience and our network of contacts ensure our clients stay at the forefront of the market.

In forestry transactions, we draw together specialists from our property, environment, corporate, funds management, finance and tax groups to provide comprehensive and integrated advice. We also have extensive knowledge of the procedures and application of the Overseas Investment regime to the purchase and sale of both land and forestry assets in New Zealand.

Our Forestry team can assist with all aspects of a transaction, including due diligence (both vendor and purchaser) and commercial risk identification, drafting and negotiating sale and purchase documentation, Overseas Investment Office (OIO) approvals, corporate structuring, liaising with financiers and advisors, specialist drafting of agreement conditions, warranties and indemnities, ETS/carbon units advice, forestry access rights and logistics (rail/port), supply contracts/Foresty Management Agreements, working with Maori interests, harvesting issues, forestry consenting processes, trade practices advice and tax and structuring.

"The well-equipped team has strength and depth" Chambers Asia Pacific

Who can help

Kate Lane

Partner - Banking and Finance

Kate is a banking and finance lawyer with specialist legal knowledge advising financiers, borrowers and other market participants across a broad range of areas, from institutional finance to consumer finance.

Kate Lane


Banking and Finance

P: +64 9 353 9992
M: +64 21 610 860

Paul Foley

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Paul practises in all areas of corporate law, has a reputation for innovative thinking, providing the input that has enabled complex transactions to be worked through to a successful conclusion.

Paul’s corporate advisory spans governance, continuous disclosure obligations, directors’ duties and Companies Act, Securities Act, Takeovers Code and Listing Rules advice. Paul also provides leading advice on strategic transactions, mergers and acquisitions, take overs, equity capital raisings, and foreign investment approvals.

He has experience as an external director, including as Chair of a publicly listed company.

Paul Foley


Corporate and Commercial

P: +64 4 498 5119
M: +64 21 948 841

Mark Forman

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Mark is a corporate and commercial lawyer with broad corporate experience in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, forestry transactions, commercial contract advice, NZX listing rules/takeovers code advice, corporate governance advice, shareholder agreements and employee shareholding arrangements. Mark also advises on Overseas Investment Office consent applications.

Mark has advised on numerous high profile New Zealand transactions in recent years, including the largest forestry transaction in New Zealand in a number of years, and the MediaWorks – NBCUniversal joint venture, which won Consumer, Media and Tech Deal of the Year at the 2017 NZ Law Awards. Having advised on large merger and acquisition transactions for international financial institutions, in New Zealand, Europe and the United States, he is familiar with global trends.

Mark has particular experience advising clients in the media/technology, forestry, financial services and aged care/health sectors. Clients include MediaWorks, Campbell Global, Hastings Funds Management, Metlifecare, Southern Cross Hospitals and Bupa Group.

Mark Forman


Corporate and Commercial

P: +64 9 353 9944
M: +64 21 243 6954

Rachel Devine

Partner - Environment and Planning

Rachel provides advice on all aspects of environmental and resource management law for private and public sector clients – from design through to approval, implementation and operation.

Rachel has advised extensively on requirements for resource consents, including major industrial and infrastructure projects, and implications of planning requirements. She has significant experience in obtaining complex environmental and project approvals for developers, and advises on other environmental issues including pollution licensing and contaminated land.

Her commercial experience means Rachel can provide practical, down-to-earth solutions to environmental problems in any context – corporate transactions, planning projects or site management.

In recognition of her environmental expertise, Rachel is President of the New Zealand Resource Management Law Association.

Rachel Devine


Environment and Planning

P: +64 9 353 9912
M: +64 21 521 299

Ross Pickmere

Partner - Property and Real Estate

Ross is one of New Zealand’s leading commercial property and construction lawyers. He brings more than 35 years’ experience to his diverse property practice with a focus on commercial property, construction, projects and development.

Known for his commercial and affable approach, Ross has been the principal legal adviser on some of New Zealand’s’ significant land development and urban renewal projects. His portfolio includes forestry-oriented development, staged and mixed-use developments, and major commercial building and transportation projects.

Ross’s expertise extends across a broad spectrum of industries including building, forestry, education, health and ageing, transportation and energy. He advises on environmental issues and industry specific regulatory controls including the Resource Management Act, the Building Act and Overseas Investment Act compliance.

He’s widely recognised for his legal advice on all aspects of commercial property including property ownership, acquisition, divestments, title structures and commercial leasing. Ross is skilled in the development of strategic sites including providing investment structure, multi titled developments, and logistics facilities leasing.

Some of Ross’ long-standing clients include Southern Cross Hospitals Limited, Village Roadshow Limited, Westpac, on the development and lease of new $120 million New Zealand headquarters in Britomart, Fonterra, on a major road/rail logistics facility in Te Rapa, Ports of Auckland, and NZ Refinery on property/pipeline matters for jet fuel, diesel and petrol from Marsden Point to Wiri.

Ross Pickmere


Property and Real Estate

P: +64 9 353 9762
M: +64 21 654 670

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