Three fundamentals for a successful joint venture
Three fundamentals for a successful joint venture
09 June 2013 | By  Andrew Wallace
So you’ve been looking at doing a joint venture with a business partner you know you can trust. You’ve done your due diligence and have got clear goals for what you want to get out of it. Now what? Well, whatever the legal structure you ultimately settle on (which will also involve tax and accounting considerations), there are three key areas you need to nail down. Without doing so, the venture is almost certainly destined to become a very costly headache...
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Time to put the three elements of unfairness to the test
Time to put the three elements of unfairness to the test
12 May 2013 | By  Andrew Wallace
Does your business contract with your customers on a set of standard terms? Or are you looking at putting a set of standard terms in place? If so, you need to be aware that proposed new rules against unfair contract terms look destined to become law later this year...
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Five key points to think about when going in as a minority investor
Five key points to think about when going in as a minority investor
14 April 2013 | By  Andrew Wallace
Going into business can be an exciting time. However, it’s critical at the early stages to give careful thought to various aspects of how the business will work between you and your fellow business partners. This is particularly important if you’re going in as a minority investor...
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Another busy year ahead for business law reform
Another busy year ahead for business law reform
20 January 2013 | By  Andrew Wallace
The year ahead is shaping up as another busy one for law reform, with much of the work being done on New Zealand’s corporate and securities laws. It’s important for companies, and their directors and investors to keep on top of what’s around the corner, since the reforms will bring about major changes. A few of the key areas of reform either coming into force or being developed further this year are...
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Anti-Money Laundering Deadline Looms
Anti-Money Laundering Deadline Looms
18 November 2012 | By  Andrew Wallace
With the end of the year approaching and 2013 “to do” lists starting to be developed, one of the key items for affected businesses will be getting ready for the main provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Act 2009 that comes into effect from 30 June 2013...
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Momentum for crowdfunding builds
Momentum for crowdfunding builds
14 October 2012 | By  Andrew Wallace
Last month officials took one step closer to make crowdfunding, in a true investment sense, a reality in New Zealand...
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Property syndicators face a tougher road ahead
Property syndicators face a tougher road ahead
10 September 2012 | By  Andrew Wallace
If you’re involved in arranging syndicated property investments or have been thinking of investing in one, you need to be aware of a significant move signalled by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) last week...
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Courts Prepared to Recompense Aggrieved Shareholders
Courts Prepared to Recompense Aggrieved Shareholders
20 May 2012 | By  Andrew Wallace
A fellow shareholder has gone off the rails and is causing the company to do various things which are to your detriment. What do you do?
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Law must balance protection and access
Law must balance protection and access
10 April 2012 | By  Andrew Wallace
If you’ve ever tried to raise capital for your business you’ll know all about the minefield presented by our securities laws. Those laws are there for good reason...
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Private companies must be aware of takeover restrictions
Private companies must be aware of takeover restrictions
05 April 2012 | By  Andrew Wallace
Many people don’t realise that the rules governing takeovers can apply to private companies - that is, companies that aren’t listed on the NZX.
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Reforms to ground rules of finance markets gather pace
Reforms to ground rules of finance markets gather pace
02 February 2012 | By  Andrew Wallace
If you’re a regular investor, you’ll know that the rules governing the conduct of New Zealand’s financial markets are in the midst of a complete overhaul. Draft legislation was introduced into Parliament late last year.
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3 tips for internet, technology and new media start-ups: No2 - Securities Act compliance
3 tips for internet, technology and new media start-ups: No2 - Securities Act compliance
01 September 2010 | By  Rick Shera
In my previous post I talked about how important it is to make sure that your company actually owns the intellectual property that justifies the investment value. If you don't get that right, then you can find that investors devalue the company, or, worse still, are scared off altogether. But, if you get Securities Act compliance wrong ...
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