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Welcome to Avid.legal – New Zealand corporate and commercial law experts

ABOUT US

We are forward thinking New Zealand lawyers specialising in corporate, commercial, and technology law.

We are commercially minded, accessible, and flexible. We are focused on providing exceptional legal services and solutions that our clients deserve.

Our clients include:

  • national and international companies;
  • founders, start-ups, and high-growth businesses;
  • investors (corporates, funds, angel clubs, and individuals).

Many of our clients are involved in the technology sector – including IT, communications, life sciences, design, and manufacturing.

We do not strive to be the biggest law firm – our aim is to be the New Zealand law firm of choice for our clients’ most important corporate and commercial matters.

We are at the forefront of developing innovative ways of supplying legal resources. See for example The Bench by Avid.legal. Watch this space for further innovations in the coming months. 

EXPERTISE

We are experts in corporate law, commercial law, and technology law. It’s what we do, and we do it exceptionally well. Clients benefit from our expertise in:

  • Transaction management (including coordination with other specialists and foreign lawyers, if relevant)
  • Pre-transaction readiness
  • Term sheets
  • Due diligence
  • Negotiating and drafting transaction agreements
  • Selling and buying companies and businesses
  • Transaction financing
  • Post-transaction integration
  • Capital raising
  • Shareholder arrangements and joint ventures
  • Employee share schemes
  • Board governance and compliance advice
  • Resolving board, shareholder, and owner disputes
  • Financing and securities
  • Restructuring
  • International ‘flips’
  • Negotiating and drafting contracts
  • IP commercialisation arrangements (transfers and licensing)
  • R&D, supplier, design, and manufacturing arrangements
  • Customer, sales, and distribution arrangements
  • Strategic alliances, joint ventures, teaming, and reseller agreements with key partners
  • Service and use agreements
  • Commercial leasing
  • Franchising
  • IT, communications, life sciences
  • SaaS models
  • Master services agreements
  • Data, technology, and product licensing
  • Procurement strategies, ROI, RFI, RFQ, RFP documents and responses
  • User terms (web, mobile, SaaS, apps, etc)
  • Privacy and other compliance matters
  • Creating and protecting value
  • Building teams and strategic alliances
  • Customer and supplier arrangements
  • Advising directors
  • Capital raising (including seed funding, angel investing, crowd funding, venture capital, strategic investment)
  • Founder, investment, and shareholder agreements
  • M&A transactions (exits and acquisitions)

If you require guidance outside our areas of expertise, or outside New Zealand, we can seamlessly access other experts through our networks – unrestrained by the four walls of the traditional large law firm. Where other expertise is required, we can take responsibility for coordinating other experts for you so that you have a single point of contact, or we can work within a team of advisors.

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OUR TEAM

Bruno Bordignon: Director

Bruno
Bordignon

Director

Bruno is a co-founder and director of the firm. He has a strong commercial and technology focus, and regularly advises on M&A transactions. Bruno brings energy, a keen interest in business, and a practical approach to each engagement he is involved in.

P +64 21 277 6660
E bruno.bordignon@avid.legal
L View Bruno’s LinkedIn profile here

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Murray Whyte: Senior Associate

Murray
Whyte

Director

Murray is a co-founder and director of the firm. He advises clients on corporate and commercial matters, with a special interest in the technology, high-growth businesses, and life sciences. He is known for his clear, pragmatic advice and adept handling of M&A and capital raising transactions.

P +64 27 531 3730
E murray.whyte@avid.legal
L View Murray’s LinkedIn profile here

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Caitlin Ashworth: Senior Solicitor

Caitlin
Ashworth

Senior Solicitor

Caitlin advises NZ and international clients on corporate and commercial law, with a special focus on technology, capital raising & M&A transactions, privacy law, start-ups, and high-growth ventures.

P +64 4 280 6263
M +64 21 119 7913
E caitlin.ashworth@avid.legal
L View Caitlin’s LinkedIn profile here

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Mary Sullivan: law clerk

Mary
Sullivan

Solicitor

Mary is a junior lawyer with a focus on corporate and commercial law matters. She has an interest in start-ups, digital technologies, and how they transform markets.

P +64 4 280 6264
E mary.sullivan@avid.legal
L View Mary’s LinkedIn profile here

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Law Clerk Phil Bain

Phil
Bain

Law Clerk

Phil has been an active participant in early-stage tech start-ups. He is our newest team member, and will be admitted to the bar mid-2017.

Professional

LLB, University of Canterbury

P +64 4 550 5315
E phil.bain@avid.legal
L View Phil’s LinkedIn profile here

Sarah Winfield

Sarah
Winfield

Para-legal

Sarah has a wealth of business law experience, having previously worked in well regarded law firms in Wellington and London. Sarah provides us with part-time paralegal support to bolster our team.

P +64 4 550 5315
E sarah.winfield@avid.legal

Maree-van-der-Zouwe: Senior Solicitor

Maree
van der Zouwe

Consultant

Maree is a consultant and coordinates The Bench for clients and Bench members. She has a wealth of legal, government, and commercial experience. To learn more about The Bench please click here, or contact Maree.

P +64 4 550 5315
M +64 21 740320
L View Maree’s LinkedIn profile here
E maree.vanderzouwe@avid.legal

Practice Manager Sarah Grealish

Sarah
Grealish

Practice Manager

Sarah is our practice manager and the first point of contact for account and business queries. She has experience working with law firms in Wellington, London and Grand Cayman.

D +64 4 280 6262
P +64 4 550 5315
E sarah.grealish@avid.legal

INTERNATIONAL

TAGLaw Logo

We assist New Zealand clients with global ambitions, and international clients with their New Zealand business.

We have strong experience working with clients, law firms and other advisors in Australia, parts of Asia, North America, the UK and Europe.

Avid.legal is a member of TAGLaw. TAGLaw is an international alliance of independent law firms with more than 155 member firms based in over 90 countries. Its 10,000+ lawyers work out of 380 offices to provide a full range of legal services to clients all over the world.

Bruno Bordignon and Murray Whyte are our lead TAGLaw contacts.

BRUNO
BORDIGNON

Bruno has previously worked in Australia and the UK. He advises a wide variety of international clients on their New Zealand business, and regularly guides New Zealand clients with their foreign matters. Bruno has been a New Zealand TAGLaw contact since 2009 (including through his previous firm).

MURRAY
WHYTE

Murray has previously worked in Germany and Russia advising on international M&A transactions and contracts. He has advised on matters involving more than 50 countries. He maintains connections with clients and lawyers around the world. Murray is a member of the New Zealand German Business Association.

FEES

Your choice of fee structure.

We have the flexibility to structure our fees in a way to suit you or your business. Your options include:

Hourly rates: our professional time charged at agreed hourly rates.

  • Director $425
  • Senior Associate $385
  • Senior Solicitor $275
  • Solicitor $225
  • Graduate $150

Fixed or capped price: agreed price or cap for identified work.

Retainer: fixed price periodic fee – usually on monthly basis for identified work over an agreed period of time.

Equity: in some circumstances we will work with start-ups and early stage companies on a part fee/part equity basis.

Please contact us to arrange an obligation free meeting to discuss your matter and the various fee options outlined above with us.

CONTACT US

Avid.legal Limited
Level 5
Woodward House
1 Woodward Street
Wellington 6140
PO Box 25192
Wellington 6146

P +64 4 550 5315

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