iCLAW Culliney Partners ™ is a boutique law firm.
Punching well above its weight both here in New Zealand and in international markets, Culliney Partners boasts a proud reputation for working intelligently and exceptionally hard for a select group of commercial and private clients.
Culliney Partners focuses on commercial property, property development, commercialisation and monetisation of intellectual property and international expansion, and investment.
Alongside its specialty services, the Culliney Partner’s team also provides general property and commercial advice to property investors, new home buyers and small to medium enterprises.
With deep roots in the New Zealand legal landscape and headquartered in the mighty Waikato, iCLAW Culliney Partners are driven to help businesses and private individuals succeed in their chosen field.
With projects in bio-tech, software, property and the food and beverage industry to name a few, iCLAW support clients by taking the time to dive deep into client projects to fully understand their challenges, strategies and aspirations. This approach enables iCLAW solicitors to craft robust, practical strategies and advice.
With existing associate firm relationships in London, Asia and the US, iCLAW has a growing network of like minded practices who work with progressive clients at home and around the world to make the law work for them. iCLAW Culliney Partners have executed numerous commercial and private deals both for New Zealand clients and on behalf of their affiliates. Admittedly, it makes for long days and short weekends but the outcome is worth it for those clients needing local knowledge in specific markets.
Commercialisation and monetisation of intangible assets (such as patents, trade marks, designs and copyright) through sale, purchase, capital raising, ownership capture (at the date of creation), assignment and licensing.
Larger commercial activities including Restructures, Mergers & Acquisitions.
Residential and commercial real estate developments involving either the sale or purchase of units or land (including apartments) being developed and the initial capital raising and drafting required to commence developments.
Facilitating the transmission of senior staff into ownership and graceful, and profitable exit of founders.
General commercial matters including terms and conditions of trade, franchising, procurement, small to medium and start up enterprise and simple business contracts.
Drafting and reviewing contracting out agreements, settlement agreements and advising on relationship property rights and obligations.
Drafting, reviewing and advising on the terms of employment for either employees or employers with a focus on restructuring and refreshing processes, policies and agreements in larger organisations looking to update or upgrade their human resource management systems.
Residential and commercial land transactions including the buying, selling, refinancing and leasing, of land by landlords, investors, commercial tenants, new home buyers and people looking to unlock value in their land or relocate.
Setting up and maintaining effective asset protection structures, drafting wills and powers of attorney (including enduring powers of attorney) handling simple and complex estate matters.
Health and safety policy reviews, education and incident management.
Owen has practiced in some unique areas of the law. He cut his teeth at Harkness Henry on commercial property transactions in the mid 2000s, moving to general practice and rural transactions as the GFC took hold of commercial real estate in 2008.
A constant drive for more interesting work and a desire to grow a corporate practice took Owen to an in house role as stand in general counsel (on secondment) in the medico legal space (specialising in documenting the hospital/pharmaco relationship in pharmaceutical trials) and then to James & Wells, Intellectual Property.
At James & Wells, Owen grew a corporate and commercial practice focussed on commercialising and monetising intellectual property and with the assistance of Aasha Foley, a bustling property division.
Ultimately, Owen sees the law differently. Following a brief partnership at Beattie Rickman, Owen set up iCLaw Culliney | Partners to grow a law firm that focuses on standing beside not just behind its clients and providing prompt, clear and commercially realistic legal advice.
With a stable of loyal clients who look to him as a trusted adviser on significant commercial and corporate matters, Owen operates a boutique practice dedicated to seeing New Zealanders with the same drive as he possesses succeed here and overseas.
He also oversees the same bustling property practice that both he and Aasha built while at James & Wells and continues to be fully engaged in the medico-legal space.
Phone: (07) 929 4301
Mobile: 027 213 8979
Aasha is a partner of the firm specialising in property and commercial law.
Aasha’s experience with the property market and in particular commercial property development in New Zealand has seen her develop a reputation for executing projects of scale effectively and efficiently.
Aasha has experience in handling commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, early stage start ups and franchising.
Aasha's expertise extends to intellectual property, and includes the provision of licensing and joint venture agreements, the sale and purchase of intellectual property rights, no shop and non-disclosure agreements.
Aasha's diverse background and experience is advantageous, ensuring she is well placed to assist her clients in a broad range of commercial transactions. With an eye for detail and excellent communication skills, Aasha takes pride in the success of her clients and their commercial endeavours.
Phone: (07) 929 4302
Mobile: 021 147 5687
Sam has acquired a broad range of experience, with a focus on property and commercial law over his 10 years working in well respected New Zealand law firms in Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty.
Sam regularly advises clients on commercial contracts, the sale and purchase of businesses, and on all aspects of commercial and residential property; including: subdivisions, construction, technical title advice, leasing and financing. He also provides advice on all asset planning matters, including: trusts, wills, and relationship property.
In 2013 Sam and his family moved to Hamilton, where he built on his broad experience, acting for a wide range of individuals, families, trusts, and small and medium sized businesses.
Before moving to iCLAW, Sam spent 18 months working in a specialist commercial property role at Tompkins Wake, where he counselled local authorities, developers and national commercial property managers, as well as private clients. Sam’s commercial property expertise includes: acting on sales and acquisitions, complex due diligence investigations, greenfield and commercial subdivisions and large-scale leasing projects.
Sam is motivated by the opportunity to deliver tangible advice and qualified legal insight to his valued clients. His general background complements his property and commercial expertise, allowing him to give real-world and practical advice.
Phone: (07) 929 4303
Shannon assists the team’s busy private client practice. She has a strong interest in community projects and a belief that everyone should have the same access to legal advice, information and support. Shannon also gives her time willingly to The Citizens Advice Bureau. Shannon completed her degree in Law from The University of Waikato in December 2017 and is due to be admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor in June 2018.
Phone: (07) 929 4304
Olivia joined iCLAW from another well respected Hamilton law firm in 2018 to bolster iCLAW’s private client team and provide advice in wealth and estate management, SME sale and acquisition, general commercial, and property .
Olivia is passionate about property, both rural and urban, and loves to see her clients achieve their property goals.
Olivia believes strongly that her clients need to understand their transactions, not just pay for them. Gaining this understanding allows a client to implement the advice and use it to greater advantage. “Lawyers are not just paper shufflers,” says Olivia. “We advise our clients on how to improve their lives, but to do this a client needs to understand what we are doing for them, and how they can take our advice and implement it in the real world.”
Phone: (07) 974 9178
The team at iCLAW Culliney Partners is committed to the community that has supported their success and growth as a leading law practice. In addition to a practice policy that sees solicitors investing their personal time into community projects, boards and not-for-profit initiatives, each iCLAW practice commits a percentage of pre-tax earnings to community initiatives by way of the iCLAW grants board.
Owen Culliney and his wider team acted for Dr Organic prior to and during the recent sale of shares in that company to NBTY (as detailed here ). Owen continues to be involved with the New Zealand based interests of Dr Organic, but ought to be congratulated in particular on his work in supporting the UK based lawyers in finalising the New Zealand centric elements of the wider transaction; specifically, in drafting critical agreements within tight timeframes and liaising expertly with other parties, advisers and stakeholders.
The time saved in having two teams of lawyers on opposite sides of the globe was of huge value in a matter involving many elements and tight timeframes.
Fred Whitcomb, Dr Organic
We have worked with Owen and his team for the past few years and have been impressed by his approach to the law. Owen has the expertise to handle significant drafting work, but is (equally) able to see the need for simple commercially focused advice and legal documents that deliver just that – which is particularly useful in our sales processes.
Nils Reardon, CEO of Quivervision
During my career as a Professor of Chemistry I have worked at the Victoria University of Wellington in the research, development and commercialisation of new products and chemical process technologies. In recent years this has focused on nanotechnology and nanofunctionalised natural materials to impart unique properties to them and provide new applications and business opportunities.
As part of this progression to commercialisation I have needed legal advice and counsel, which you have so willingly and expertly provided. I am grateful of the great of care you took to understand the legal issues and personalities at play, and also my ultimate goals and anxieties around the technologies, people involved and above all, my work and reputation as a Professor, research scientist and educator of young people. You have been a calming influence and I always felt as if I was in safe hands, could call you any time for reassurance and that your strategies for resolution were sound and focused on achieving my goals. This is indeed very much appreciated.
It has been an absolute pleasure to know and work with you and to receive you expert advice and counsel.
Professor Jim Johnston PhD FRSNZ FNZIC
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington
Culliney & Partners have provided and continue to provide the Du Val Group and its subsidiaries with outstanding general counsel. We considered the merits of bringing legal services in-house, yet have found that the advice offered in terms of our business operation and specific property transactions has been of such high quality that we have had no need. Owen and Aasha lead a tight team and offer a boutique service that we haven't found in any other firm, where we know they genuinely care about our business outcomes and put our needs first.
Today we are Auckland's largest suburban apartment developer and a $400m business and have absolute comfort that Culliney & Partners will continue to represent us and provide a personal level of service that we wouldn't find in any number of larger firms that would seek to do our work.
Kenyon Clarke, Du Val
I am a director for Mende Biotech Limited, the company that extracts New Zealand’s next big nutraceutical export, Totarol. Owen has worked hard to assist us with the corporate and commercial elements of our business including documenting capital raising, supply agreements and advising on our responsibilities and rights with respect to our key stakeholders. He often attends to our needs after hours and over weekends to get the job done and while, like most lawyers, he has an intrinsic desire to document everything and try to tie up any foreseeable risks he is also willing to work within our requirements for simplicity and with an appreciation of the commercial and real life elements of business and financial relationships.
D.A. Mende, Managing Director, Mende Biotech Limited.