I have practiced as a lawyer for over 25 years commencing legal practice in an international law firm and then becoming a partner of a well-established medium sized law firm in Auckland. In 2002 Megan Williams and I established Steindle Williams Legal as a law firm with a focus on commercial and property law.
The clients I work with are situated throughout New Zealand and overseas. They include large and medium sized businesses and high net worth individuals. With a broad general knowledge of legal issues I am not only able to provide commercial and property advice, but have regard to taxation consequences of transactions. The nature of my work also involves me assisting clients with resolving disputes and negotiating on their behalf.
I am the author of a book “Property Law – An Investor’s Guide” and have been interviewed for television programmes, commented to print media, and presented seminars to investors and developers of property.
Although my areas of practice are broad with respect to general practice in commercial and property law I have experience and an interest in specific industries. These include healthcare, construction contracts, property development, and structuring work associated with tax and creditor protection.
Recent work I have undertaken has included:
- The sale of a $12 million business which involved trans-tasman legal and accounting issues.
- A joint venture with an SOE relating to the re-development and construction of 45 new homes.
- The sale and acquisition of 2 golf courses – one being a South Island Resort, and the other being the relocation of an urban golf course in conjunction with a public company. Both transactions exceeded $25 million in value.
- Engaging with the Financial Markets Authority as to both seeking to demonstrate a client’s compliance with the Financial Advisors Act and for another client seeking their intervention to recover an $8 million investment.
- Advising a client as to Securities Act requirements for raising funds for an Internet business. This then involved advising and documenting a complex structure allowing for differing shareholder rights. This structure needed to accommodate what may occur in the future such as flexibility to allow the introduction of further capital.
- A dispute with a liquidator relating to a debt owed on a commercial property in respect of construction works with the purpose of seeking to avoid litigation.
I don’t just work with corporates and business owners. I act for many individuals some of which I have acted for over 15 years, which includes the use of family trusts to protect family wealth. This has also included conveyancing, wills, and the variety of legal work that flows from being a client’s lawyer.