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
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
Hong Kong Representative
Nick is iCLAW’s representative in Hong Kong and has over 13 years’ experience in Hong Kong. Nick works alongside our New Zealand office to extend iCLAW’s international reach for our clients in New Zealand to enter markets in Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Taiwan.
Nick has a myriad of corporate and legal experience, including appointments as an executive director of companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. Nick has also held positions as general counsel to investment management and VC companies in both Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Nick practiced law in New Zealand before joining global offshore firm Ogier in Hong Kong, where he specialised in the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law aspects of corporate advisory matters, aircraft financing and the formation and ongoing operation of investment funds. Subsequently, Nick co-founded a boutique corporate law firm in Hong Kong where he practised for five years.
Nick is qualified as a solicitor in New Zealand, England & Wales and the British Virgin Islands. In addition, Nick is one of the few in the Asia region qualified to practice as an attorney in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Shannon assists the team’s busy private client practice. She advises on real estate and property transactions, along with commercial matters, allowing clients to reach their individual goals. She has a strong interest in the community and has a belief that everyone should have the same access to legal advice, information and support.
Shannon is the perfect person to contact for the purchase of your first home or to grow a property investment portfolio. Energetic and goal driven, she will get you what you need, when you need it.
Phone: (07) 929 4304
Olivia specialises in employment law. She has experience in drafting Individual Employment Agreements and assisting iCLAW’s clients to conduct effective restructures. Olivia believes strongly that business owners who enter into employment relationships genuinely and in good faith should be supported to avoid the modern and costly pitfalls of the employment law landscape.
Olivia is also passionate about property, both rural and urban. To her, property investment (and owning a home) should be a focus of all kiwi families. While employment law dominates a lot of her time, Olivia makes sure she has time in her week to help her clients achieve their property dreams.
Olivia has a great deal of experience with first home buyers using their kiwisaver and homestart grant to enable them to purchase their first property and get a start on the property ladder.
You should also be asking Olivia for her views and her advice on estate and asset planning tools (including trusts, wills, and relationship property agreements) because these tools play an important role in property ownership, succession and certainty.
Phone: (07) 974 9178
As well as having worked as a Personal Assistant, Antoinette has a background in hospitality, customer service and HR administration. As a result, she is well versed in all elements that create a harmonious environment for lawyers and clients alike (well, as harmonious as a law firm can be).
With attention to detail, Antoinette juggles meetings, travel and calendars, whilst ensuring the office is well stocked with supplies and operationally, runs seamlessly. Antoinette is happy to support the team where necessary and loves organising events!
Phone: (07) 974 9289
Kirsty joined iCLAW in 2018 from another well respected Hamilton law firm where she was a legal secretary for three busy litigation lawyers for nearly two years.
Kirsty has had an interest in property for many years having worked in a property valuing firm where she handled residential, commercial and rural property matters.
Kirsty is a legal assistant and is currently working towards her Legal Executive Diploma through the Open Polytechnic.
Phone: (07) 974 9288
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.
iCLAW were the first company to support the Waikato125 women's suffrage celebration by way of category sponsorship. But, as the event planning progressed, they became more than "just a sponsor" but a valued advisor to the overall project. Their financial support meant we were able to provide a beautiful High Tea celebration for 165 people, and their advice since the event has been invaluable. We are so pleased to have Aasha, Owen and the iCLAW team as part of our sponsor family.
Julie Blake | Project Manager Waikato125
Bresson and I want to give Olivia and the ICLAW team a huge thank you for helping us through the sale of the business. During the 48 hrs previous to settlement things become extremely stressful due to the involvement of a third party putting the settlement at risk.
Olivia and Sam were fantastic helping us on the spot and advising on best course of action to complete settlement as planned.
Yana and Bresson Llewell - Great Lawns and Garden