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Company structures - directors' duties

Company structures - directors' duties

One of the factors discussed in last week's blog was the thought that must be given to what structure is best suited to your new or startup business. Today's blog is about one of the options - operating a company. For a number of reasons, many people choose to run their business through a company. It is easy to set up and relatively simple to administer but it does bring with it some formality and a need to understand the obligations and duties involved.

By Warren Bygrave and Claire Barron - 15 Nov 2013

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Going into business

Going into business

At a time when the economy is recovering, many people will be looking to their future and considering starting up a new business or buying an existing one.  This should be as good a time as any to do so.

By Warren Bygrave - 8 Nov 2013

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Intellectual Property: The New Frontier

Intellectual Property: The New Frontier

Some fairly grandiose claims have been made about the potential effect of new technologies such as 3D printing on traditional manufacturing industries, but based on the rapid developments in this area some of those claims are not nearly as overblown as they might first appear.  And as things stand, current intellectual property (IP) laws are unlikely to provide much in the way of protection for manufacturers and other IP owners.

By Mike Worsnop - 30 Jul 2013

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The end of banks?

The end of banks?

Well not quite. But the last few years have seen the rise of a number of alternative sources of funding to challenge the traditional banking model. One such source of funding is known as crowd funding.

By Mike Worsnop - 19 Jul 2013

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Who is going to take over the business?

Who is going to take over the business?

Succession Planning is a critical issue facing many SMEs. And when you stop to consider that something like 97% of businesses fall into that category (based on figures published by Statistics NZ), it's a critical issue for the New Zealand economy.

By Mike Worsnop - 12 Jul 2013

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So what is happening out there?

So what is happening out there?

It's a question we regularly get asked by clients. And for good reason - legal services is one of those bellwether industries.

By Mike Worsnop - 8 Jul 2013

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Global Networking

Global Networking

The Meritas 2013 Annual Meeting is taking place in Vancouver on 24-26 April and Melissa Clark will be attending.  The meeting promises an excellent line up of speakers and an opportunity to foster relationships with our international affiliates.

By Melissa Clark - 11 Apr 2013

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Are you a director of a New Zealand registered company?

Are you a director of a New Zealand registered company?

If you are a director of a New Zealand registered company or if you are thinking of setting up a company in New Zealand, you need to be aware of some important changes proposed by the Companies and Limited Partnerships Amendment Bill.

By Claire Barron - 21 Mar 2013

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The Importance of Due Diligence

The Importance of Due Diligence

When buying a business or shares in a company due diligence is essential. Most people wouldn't buy a house without getting a LIM report, doing a title search, checking building consents and possibly obtaining a building report. Buying a business or shares is no different. It is essential that you know what you are buying. It is far more cost effective to carry out due diligence than deal with a bad acquisition.

By Claire Barron - 15 Mar 2013

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Going into business with another. Is it really a good idea?

Going into business with another.  Is it really a good idea?

Sometimes it makes all the sense in the world to get into business with another person or people. They may have skills which you don't, they may have capital which is not available to you or contacts which may be useful to you. There are a myriad of reasons why it can be a good idea. Sometimes two heads (or more) are better than one.

By Melissa Higham - 7 Mar 2013

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