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Introduction to Company Law 2020

Introduction to Company Law 2020
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Programmes scheduled Monday 30 March to 30 May 2020

In person programmes scheduled Monday 30 March to 30 May will be postponed until further notice, except for the Stepping Up and Trust Account Supervisor programmes.

If you are registered for a programme scheduled during this period, we will contact you to advise postponement arrangements, and refunds, if required.

This practical two-day “transaction” based workshop will equip you with the knowledge and understanding to deal with the purchase, establishment, operation and sale of a business.

  • Acquiring a business – Understanding the process: initial client interview and purchasing a business to development an implementation of an appropriate structure that meets a client’s needs.
  • Funding – Practical considerations and processes involved in common financing arrangements.
  • Governance – Practical considerations of common key governance and administration issues.
  • Distributions – Identifying the different types of distributions and dealing with common issues arising in connection with returning funds to shareholders.
  • Expansion – The issues involved in introducing new owners to the business, and regulating the relationships between shareholders by agreement.
  • Shareholder disputes – Your role in assisting clients to resolve disputes among shareholders.
  • Financial trouble – Advising companies and directors in situations of financial difficulty and responding to the demands of creditors.
  • Sale of shares – The process of, and common issues arising in connection with, sales of company shares.
  • Role of the lawyer – Understanding your role in advising business clients; identifying and responding to situations where conflicts of interest may arise.

Learning objective

You will be equipped with the knowledge and understanding to deal with the purchase, establishment, operation, and sale of a business.


This workshop will include some pre-course work and about 2 hours of homework in the evening of day one, mini-lectures, group discussions, questionnaires, role plays, planning and drafting exercises, preparing checklists, and brainstorming sessions.

Who should attend

Recently admitted practitioners in their first three years’ of practice.


Participants will be sent a full set of materials in advance.


  • Day 1: 8.30am – 5.15pm
  • Day 2: 9.00am – 5.00pm


  • Christchurch - Mark Odlin, Buddle Findlay, and Georgina Toomey, Anderson Lloyd
  • Wellington - John Horner and Fiona MacKinnon, Simmonds Stewart
  • Auckland - Katie Green, Flacks & Wong, Raewyn Lovett ONZM, Duncan Cotterill, Graeme Switzer, Duncan Cotterill and Kimberley Wong, Wynn Williams

Fee (incl GST)


  • $695 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $755 - Non-members

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
Download PDF brochure and registration form here.

Christchurch 11 - 12 May
Wellington 11 - 12 May
Auckland 25 - 26 May

Cancellation and refund policy

Please note: Minimum and maximum numbers apply. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. Registrations close 10 working days before the presentation date (the closing date). NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel any session that does not reach the budgeted minimum number of registrations. This decision will be made on the closing date and a full refund will be made to each registrant of the cancelled session. If you cancel your registration before the closing date, a refund will be made, less a $100 administration fee. After the closing date, there will be no refund. You may transfer your registration until five working days before the presentation. Please advise NZLS CLE Ltd in writing of the change.

freephone (within NZ)
0800 333 111


04 472 7837

04 463 2986
Level 4, 17-21 Whitmore Street
Wellington 6011

DX SP 20202
PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand