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Law Firms contribute chapters to Chinese-NZ business book

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A new book aimed at expanding commercial opportunities between China and New Zealand will be published, the China Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand (CCCNZ) has announced.

Doing Business in New Zealand will be published bilingually in Mandarin and English, and includes chapters contributed by New Zealand law firms.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts has contributed chapters on the Overseas Investment Act, securities and IPO. Chapman Tripp cover Limited partnership and the “Maori Economy”. Russell McVeagh contributed on topics including Public Private Partnership and Special Purpose Vehicle issues. Meredith Connell added a guide to criminal prosecutions and fraud investigations & recovery in New Zealand.

Intellectual Property and technology firms AJ Park, James & Wells and Baldwins contributed chapters respectively on patent, trade mark and IP commercialisation.

“While helping Chinese companies better understand New Zealand’s legal landscape, it will also pave the way for Kiwi businesses to know more about their China-oriented business opportunities,” CCCNZ says.

The World Bank’s Doing Business 2019 report found that while New Zealand ranked number one for starting a business, it ranked 21 for enforcing contracts.

By contrast, China was ranked 28 for starting a business but number six for enforcing contracts.

CCCNZ also says the book is timely, as it follows the New Zealand China Free-Trade Agreement Upgrade finalised in November 2019.

China Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand was founded in 2002. Members are engaged in diverse industries covering many areas of trade, dairy, tourism, processing, shipping, air transport, timber, real estate, education, science and technology, finance and insurance.