MinterEllisonRuddWatts helps Pan Pac with forestry standing consent

Firm guides timber company through the new application process

MinterEllisonRuddWatts helps Pan Pac with forestry standing consent

MinterEllisonRuddWatts has advised Hawkes Bay-based and Japanese-owned forestry and timber products company Pan Pac Forest Products Limited on the process of receiving the first forestry standing consent under the Overseas Investment Act.

Under the changes to the Overseas Investment Act introduced in 2018, a standing consent enables overseas persons like Pan Pac to purchase forestry assets without needing to go through the full Overseas Investment Office (OIO) consenting process.

A standing consent is designed to speed up and simplify the process for those overseas investors who have a strong track record in completing forestry transactions in compliance with the legislation. Being able to use the standing consent avoids the requirement for multiple individual OIO applications and significantly simplifies the process for a company like Pan Pac that is expecting to be entering into a number of forestry right or land purchase transactions.

The MinterEllisonRuddWatts corporate team, led by consultant Paul Foley and senior associate Lauren Archer, guided Pan Pac through the new application process.

“This is a significant decision affecting investment in New Zealand’s forestry sector,” said Foley. “Having submitted on the design of the standing consent regime on behalf of Pan Pac, we are delighted to have assisted the company in receiving the first forestry standing consent from OIO. It’s an important milestone to see the government further delivering on those parts of the 2018 revisions to the Overseas Investment Act that were intended to support the forestry sector.”

“The team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts was excellent to deal with,” said Dennis Hall, company secretary at Pan Pac. “We appreciated their technical expertise and dedication to successfully guiding us through the standing consent process.”

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