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Rhys Thompson

Position: Senior Solicitor
DDI: +64 3 545 7899

  • Bachelor of Arts (History and Philosophy), University of Auckland 2012
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Auckland 2012
  • Master of Laws (Honours, First Class), University of Auckland 2020
  • Member of the Auckland District Law Society

Rhys is an experienced commercial lawyer who advises a range of local, national and international businesses and business owners. He is passionate about helping businesses succeed by delivering effective, timely and efficient legal services.

Rhys joined Pitt & Moore in 2020 and brings substantial experience gained from working as a commercial lawyer in Auckland.

Rhys has a wealth of up-to-date technical expertise having recently completed his Masters of Laws with first class honours specialising in corporate and commercial law.

When not at work Rhys enjoys spending time with his wife and young family.

Rhys’ core areas of practice are set out below.

Buying and Selling a Business

Rhys advises on the acquisition and divestments of both business assets and shares. He has acted on business acquisitions and divestments in a range of sectors including tourism, sports and leisure, light industrial, medical clinics, transportation and waste management, hospitality and retail.
Rhys believes that the right commercial legal input is critical to understanding the potential of your business acquisition and mitigating the transaction and enterprise risks.

Business Structuring, Advice and Start-Ups

Rhys advises start-ups and existing businesses seeking advice around structuring and restructuring.

If you are thinking about starting or investing in a business talk to Rhys about your corporate structuring options. Rhys can guide you through the process of negotiating a shareholders agreement, partnership or limited partnership agreement.

If you are an existing group of businesses looking to consolidate and rationalise your business’ corporate structures Rhys can walk you through the amalgamation and winding-up processes.

If you are a growing business looking for external capital speak to Rhys about your options. Rhys has particular expertise in structuring your business for raising capital through the emerging market of equity crowd funding.

Commercial Contracts

Rhys has drafted and negotiated commercial contracts for businesses in a range of industries.
Rhys believes that getting commercial contracts right is a matter of understanding the commercial imperatives of the deal and how the parties want to allocate legal risk.

Rhys encourages his clients not to treat contracts as a tool reserved for high value deals but to embed professional contracting practice across their businesses at an enterprise level.

Technology and Intellectual Property

Rhys can assist you protect and commercialize your technology and intellectual property through a range of agreements including franchising, licensing and confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements.

Commercial Property

Rhys advises commercial property owners and investors on a range of property matters including leasing and property acquisitions and divestments.

Overseas Investment

Rhys advises businesses and individuals looking to invest in New Zealand on their obligations under the Overseas Investment regime and the consenting process. Earlier in his career Rhys successfully completed an application for consent in the significant business asset category which applies to the acquisition by foreign individuals of business assets valued over $100 million.

Business Competition

Rhys assists Geoff with the firm’s business competition advisory practice. He has completed postgraduate study in the area of business competition law. Rhys’ writing on aspects of the test used for reviewing merger clearances and anti-competitive agreements has been published internationally.

Construction and Procurement

Rhys advises construction companies and businesses on both standard form and bespoke construction and procurement contracts. Rhys has a particular expertise in international procurement and advises a range of businesses on how to contractually manage the risks associated with international procurement.

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