Watercare Services Limited is responsible for providing water and wastewater services to the greater Auckland region, and employs a large number of people across many different teams.
We acted for Watercare in relation to its new head office premises located in Newmarket, Auckland. This was a significant project, involving the negotiation of a comprehensive redevelopment agreement and subsequent deed of lease, and further extensive advice in relation to Watercare’s ability to terminate its existing tenancies at that time.
205 Queen Street represented one of the largest commercial property acquisitions completed in Auckland in recent times.
The icon twin tower commercial office complex consisting of Tower One (formerly known as the National Bank Centre) and the DLA Phillips Fox Tower was transacted in a two-stage deal to a foreign investor.
Our work included negotiating the terms of the agreement for sale and purchase, conducting the due diligence investigation, negotiating the terms of the property management agreement and advising on various complex commercial property and other commercial matters.
Greenwood Roche acted for the purchaser in the acquisition of Highbury Shopping Mall, Auckland. We are also assisting in the ongoing repositioning and redevelopment of the mall.
Our work included negotiating the terms of the agreement for sale and purchase, conducting an extensive due diligence investigation on all legal aspects of the property, instructing technical consultants and advising on various commercial property and business structuring matters.
We continue to assist with the new owner’s expansion and redevelopment plans at the mall, including construction, new leasing and strategic land acquisitions.
Our client, one of Auckland’s largest landholders, recently sold nine super lots of bare land to a respected developer under a long term staged disposal and development agreement. Over time, the land will become a significant new mixed-use centre.
Greenwood Roche assisted with negotiating the terms of the agreement for sale and purchase including masterplan provisions, development covenants, profit-share arrangements and further land options.
Our client retains significant landholdings in the area. It has a strong interest in a successful and quality development that it can use as a spring-board for its own development plans. To achieve this, it was willing to put together an attractive package and share in the risks and reward of the development.
The agreement was concluded in lockdown. Despite the worsening economic news, both parties remained committed to their long-term vision.
Consultant, Greenwood Roche 2021 –
Partner, Greenwood Roche 2013 – 2021
Partner, Meredith Connell 1999 – 2013
Partner, Russell McVeagh 1989 – 1999
Solicitor, Russell McVeagh 1987 – 1989
Partner, Hamerton Chappell Dumbill and Moore 1981 – 1987
Past President of the New Zealand Law Society 2013 – 2016
Chair of the Property Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society from 2004 to 2013
Ranked as a leading individual by the Asia/Pacific Legal 500 and Chambers Asia Pacific.
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