New Zealand’s Official Cash Rate (OCR) is at its lowest ever level since being introduced in 1999. Most people see that as good news, and many people also regard it as a good indicator of general interest rate trends.
Lowndes has had another successful year recognised by the four major international directories in 2017.
Hear what the panel had to say about M&A UPDATE: Emerging Trends, NZ’s M&A Outlook and Opportunities
It was again with pleasure that Lowndes hosted two students for the AUT Business and Law School’s Shadow a Leader Day, Lauren Gamble from AUT and Justin Havea from St Peters College. Lauren and Justin had a unique experience that they highly recommend to other students. As Lauren says, “It is a really good way to build connections and help you discover what you are interested in for your future”.
Mergers & Acquisitions Update: Emerging Trends, NZ’s M&A Outlook and Opportunities | Valuable Advice from Business Intelligence Series Workshop 2
Reported surveys indicate that New Zealand’s M&A activity peaked in 2015, with a lower level of activity in 2016 and a slower start to 2017. However, New Zealand and Australian private equity is cashed up, financing is available, and there is a lot of money looking for high quality assets.
The regulation of peer-to-peer lending, and the application of the CCCFA to the industry, has been uncertain for some time. In a recent judgment from the High Court, the Commerce Commission has sought to have these matters clarified by the Court. While Harmoney was successful in challenging two of the questions put forward by the Commission, the Court has allowed the case to continue for the Court to opine on three remaining questions. The hearing, and any decision, is likely to be some time away. Whether clarification is achieved for Harmoney, or the industry as a whole, remains to be seen.
Lowndes were proud to receive one of these beautifully crafted awards. Lowndes has worked with Enviro-Mark for 10 years and were NZ’s first carboNZero certified law firm.
New Strategies for Communicating, Client Relationships, Marketing & Sales for the 2020s | Valuable Advice from Business Intelligence Series Workshop 1
Where will your customers be and will they hear you?
Congratulations to Denis McNamara (Consultant at Lowndes) on a successful Inter Pacific Bar Association annual conference held in Auckland. At the closing of the conference, attended by 800 delegates from in excess of 60 jurisdictions, Denis assumed the Presidency of the Association for the coming year.
RAINING, POURING, AND TOURING
2017 was the last year of this iconic seven day challenge, and Lowndes was so pleased be involved once again.