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Ben MorrisonPartner

LLB, BA (Victoria University)
Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Corporate and Commercial, Commercial Property, Succession Planning, Private Client


Ben's clients include some of NZ’s best-known businesses and families. He has considerable experience in commercial property, corporate and business acquisitions, and general commercial advisory work. He also regularly advises successful businesses and families on succession planning and asset structuring. Ben places a very high importance on building and maintaining strong relationships with his clients and co-advisors, and being personally available to them at all possible times. In addition to Ben’s legal experience he is a successful competitive sailor, representing New Zealand numerous times in amateur competition, and is involved in yachting administration in various roles.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Business and property acquisitions and sales.
  • Succession planning for successful NZ businesses and families.
  • Commercial property projects including subdivisions, marinas, managed apartments and resorts.
  • Assisting overseas entities with all matters relating to their New Zealand operations and investments.
  • Commercial leasing for nationwide retail chains and multi-tenanted commercial building owners.
  • Advising businesses, from large multi-nationals to closely held private companies, in relation to all legal aspects of their day-to-day operations.
  • Devising and implementing appropriate trust structures for domestic and offshore parties seeking to hold and protect assets in New Zealand.
EXAMPLES OF RECENT MATTERS
  • Sale of high-profile Auckland restaurant and bar chain to publicly-listed brewery company as part of vertical integration project.
  • Sale of multiple companies by the owners of an Australasian chain of gyms, to US corporation.
  • Sale of successful NZ creative agency to large multinational corporation.
  • Acquisition of major NZ women’s clothing chain.
  • Acquisition of international TV broadcasting operation.
  • Capital raise for world’s largest business broking group, via its NZ parent company.
  • Operational legal matters for one of NZ’s best-known retail groups and its owners.
  • Athlete and endorsement contracts for high-profile international athlete.
  • Succession planning and corporate restructuring projects for successful NZ businesses.
  • Acquisition of multiple NZ hotels for overseas investor.
  • Acquisitions and management of multiple commercial properties for high net worth and high profile overseas investors.
  • Major new marina development in Auckland region.
  • Succession planning and asset restructuring projects for multiple high-net worth NZ families.

Contact details

DDI+64 9 320 3303
MOB+64 21 832 060
ben.morrison@morrisonmallett.co.nz



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