Castle/Brown offers proven
expertise in the following areas:
The firm has acted
for high profile, nationally recognised commercial property lenders as well as a
number of private lender clients for more than a decade. Over that time
securities have been provided for many hundreds of millions of dollars of
advances by way of mortgage, securities over corporate entities and chattels as
part of that process. As a result a high level of specialist expertise has been
developed within Castle/Brown to provide comprehensive and effective securities
and advice to clients regarding the process of lending and securing advances.
include advice and preparation of documentation for money lending and other
transactions and securities documentation, including mortgages, assignments,
guarantees and security agreements, advice on requirements of the Personal
Property Securities Act, search of register, registration of finance statements
and the enforcement of securities.
requires the application of a wide range of legal skills. By drawing on the
depth of inhouse experience and where appropriate leveraging a network of
multi-disciplinary skills Castle/Brown can provide practical legal advice to
facilitate transactions while ensuring protection of client interests and the
achievement of each party’s objectives.
Projects with which
the firm is assisting include a large scale residential subdivision, marina and
hotel resort development in Fiji, a new international 5-star boutique hotel, a number of large scale residential
subdivisions in New Zealand, a large scale multi-unit housing development,
several small to medium sized residential and commercial property developments
and a proposed unique tourism and leisure development.
The firm provides a
full range of commercial law services to its clients including advice and
agreements relating to joint ventures, partnerships and other structures, advice
on business law issues involving Fair Trading Act, Consumer Guarantees Act,
other statutes and the common law .
helped many companies from start up to mature status and provides a full range
of services to those companies including company formation, share issues and
transfers, change of directors, drafting constitutions and shareholders’
agreements, advice on compliance issues, corporate governance, restructuring and
complex company law issues.
advises on all aspects of asset protection including the application and
operation of trusts, the drafting and execution of trust documents for both
family and business (trading) trusts, advice on and ongoing implementation of
gifting programmes and the provision of independent trustee services.
experienced in advising employers and employees on all aspects of employment
law, including employment agreements, personal grievances, holidays, termination
of employment and occupational safety and health. Clients assisted in this area
range from CEOs and senior executives of multi-national companies to waged
Mergers and Acquisitions
The firm has
considerable experience in the merger and acquisition field including advising
clients both subject to and the subject of merger and acquisition activity, due
diligence support and negotiation. The firm has acted for both local and
international parties undertaking merger and acquisition activity in New
Zealand. The firm’s multi-disciplinary network is often utilised in these
circumstances for the benefit of clients.
experienced in advising and obtaining multi-million dollar project finance for
clients including structuring and negotiating terms for finance to suit the
client’s circumstances and preparing and overseeing completion of security
Commercial Property and Conveyancing
The firm acts for a
number of commercial property owners, investors and tenants. As a result lawyers
in Castle/Brown are familiar with all types of commercial property and
conveyancing transactions including property acquisitions and sales, leases,
assignments, renewals, variations, rent reviews and related matters.
recognises that intellectual property is a key business asset in the 21st
century and provides services for intellectual property licensing including
negotiating and drafting licensing agreements, trademark and copyright
protection, the protection of confidential information and Fair Trading Act and
passing off infringements.
The firm offers a full
civil litigation service to clients through to the utilisation of inhouse and
external counsel to provide expert and seamless advice and support from District
Court to Supreme Court proceedings.
Venture Capital and Commercialisation of Innovation
Experience in this
area includes advice relating to joint ventures, partnerships and other
structures as well as documentation and advice on structuring options. The firm
is also accustomed to advising entrepreneurs in the startup phase.
Included in the
projects Castle/Brown is assisting are enterprises engaged in:
A unique product
resulting from a new method of treating medium density fibre (mdf) board.
A new internet
A new SMS messaging service.
of a new investment market.
A new application
for hydrogen technology.
A new mass
marketing a new demountable campervan/houseboat.
A new wind power
number of innovative property ventures.