PAST PAPER: Property Law Conference
Date: November 2016
Property Law: Recent Developments
Presented by Elise Markwick, Partner, Martelli McKegg
Public Works Act 1981: A Refresher
Presented by Daniel Kelleher, Partner, Buddle Findlay
Potential Black Holes for Owners and Body Corporates
Presented by Jeanne Heatlie, Partner, Rainey Law
Residential Land Withholding Tax
Presented by Dean Madsen, Director - Transaction Tax and Carla Cross, Senior Tax Manager, EY
Property Finance Update
Presented by Stuart Evans, Partner, Simpson Grierso
Chair: Joseph Biddles
Joe Biddles is a specialist commercial property and real estate lawyer and a director of boutique law firm Thompson Blackie Biddles. Prior to this Joe worked at Russell McVeagh and formerly was the New Zealand Legal Counsel of Lion. Joe acts for a number of corporate and institutional clients and his practice covers all areas of commercial property including acquisitions and disposals, commercial leasing, developments, joint ventures and overseas investments in New Zealand. In the current market, Joe is noticing a particular focus on development work, (both freehold subdivisions and unit title developments) and a renewed focus on, and interest in, acquisitions (from both domestic and overseas buyers/funds).
Daniel has extensive experience in property sector corporate and commercial transactions. He has particular expertise in urban renewal projects, infrastructure and utilities projects. He advises corporate, institutions and local authorities on all real estate matters, developments, due diligence investigations, acquisitions and divestments and structures
Jeanne is partner at Rainey Law. She is a skilled litigator with many years experience both in New Zealand and abroad. Jeanne has represented Body Corporates and homeowners in building defect and weathertightness cases. She was an integral part of the Plaintiff team on the Nautilus litigation resulting in the largest award made in a defective building case to date. Jeanne provides advice on construction related issues, including schemes of repair and escrow arrangements. She also extensive experience in insolvency law and has represented liquidators and creditors in a number of high profile cases. She has been involved in investigations of large scale corporate collapses and the prosecution of claims for the recovery of assets. Jeanne has acted on claims against former directors for reckless trading and against auditors for breaches of professional duties. She has experience in a number of foreign jurisdictions.
David Gilbert is a highly regarded commercial property lawyer who has advised on some of New Zealand's largest property transactions and developments. With over 20 years experience advising on property acquisitions, property developments and leasing. David has particular expertise in putting together complex acquisition agreements, project contracts, commercial subdivisions, including office, retail and industrial properties, shopping centres and industrial parks. David has extensive public and private sector experience in due diligences, and the acquisition and disposal of land, retail premises and office complexes. He also has experience advising clients, including the Crown, in the health, military and energy sectors. David represents major asset managers in their property portfolio requirements from acquisition, including Overseas Investment Office compliance, management and divestment. David reviews and coordinates property leases. David also specialises in infrastructure projects, with experience in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom and a focus on Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
Carla Cross works with EY's Private Client Services team. This team focusses on servicing the needs of private businesses, their owners and high wealth individuals. She specialises in tax and trust advisory work. Carla holds B.Juris, B.Proc, MTaxS and is a member of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Stuart Evans is a partner in the Banking Team at Simpson Grierson in Auckland. He has experience in a broad range of domestic and international banking and finance transactions, and specialises in property and development financing. His experience in property and development financing includes transactions relating to commercial and apartment buildings, shopping centres, hotels, residential subdivisions, aged-care facilities and retirement villages, farms, marinas, and property syndications. His expertise extends to not only the financing aspects of such transactions, but also the related commercial aspects, including leases, sale agreements, management contracts, construction contracts, and tripartite deeds with contractors. Stuart has acted for lenders on a large number of the most significant property financing transactions to be undertaken in New Zealand over recent years. He also has particular expertise in asset financing and leasing (including aircraft, ships, heavy equipment, and trucks) and in corporate and commercial banking. Stuart previously spent several years in the structured and asset finance team at Allen & Overy LLP in London.
Elise Markwick is a partner in the commercial property department at Martelli McKegg, Lawyers in Auckland. Elise advises investors and developers on the acquisition, development, associated financing, leasing and sale of commercial property. Elise obtained her B.A. LL.B from Auckland University and was admitted to the Bar in 1985.
Nigel Dean joined Colliers International NZ Limited in October 1989 when Colliers acquired the valuation business of Eyles Purdy and Company. Nigel was appointed to the position of Director of Valuation & Advisory Services. He has been continuously involved in valuation work since 1965, and a Registered Valuer since 1972. From 1965 to 1985 Nigel was employed by the then Government Valuation Department undertaking rating assessments and other statutory functions. Major current clients include: Westfield NZ Ltd, Russell McVeagh, McElroys Litigation Lawyers, Auckland International Airport Ltd ,Tainui Incorporation Ltd, ANZ Bank ,Tauranga City Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade. Nigel Regularly appears in front of the Land Valuation Tribunal, High Court and Environment Court, and is regularly an expert witness in property arbitrations for residential, commercial and industrial property. Nigel holds a Diploma in Urban Valuation, Auckland, is a fellow of the NZ Institute of Valuers and the Property Institute of New Zealand. He is an Associate of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand and a Registered Valuer. 1Since 985 Nigel has been responsible for a wide range of consultancy and valuation assignments for all property asset classes, for initial public offering (IPO), acquisitions, trust valuations, mortgage, financial reporting, rental consultancy and negotiation, land compensation, litigation, insurance and development funding. In 2011 Nigel became project director when Colliers was appointed to undertake valuations for financial reporting and disposal for Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in 32 countries and of 84 properties worldwide. Colliers was reappointed in 2015 and has been appointed again for 2017. Properties are located in diverse areas and reporting is required for countries with mature markets and also countries with no markets. All valuations are undertaken under IVS criteria to meet accounting standards of New Zealand.
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