Our connectivity and experience helps our clients navigate the complexity of doing business on the global stage.

Operating and transacting on the global stage presents a variety of challenges for businesses to navigate through varying legal requirements and regulatory frameworks by jurisdiction.

We are skilled and experienced in working globally, leveraging our knowledge and networks to help clients manage cross-border transactions and business operations. From agricultural exports, international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and financial investment, our team work with our clients who import, export and transact in over 120 countries globally, many with permanent operations and subsidiaries offshore.

Many of our team have worked offshore in some of the worlds largest and leading law firms. This experience, combined with our membership of Multilaw, gives us a global perspective and deep network of trusted contacts.

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Member firms


Countries around the globe


Lawyers in 300 offices

2021 Ranked Elite Network

Chambers Global Guide ranked Multilaw in the highest Elite category for law firm networks for the seventh year running.


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Tompkins Wake is the New Zealand member of Multilaw, an elite global network (as ranked by Chambers & Partners Global) of independent law firms providing clients with the comfort of having over 10,000 recognized experts across more than 150 commercial centres globally.

Multilaw enables Tompkins Wake to provide full support for our clients as they transact globally in their everyday operations.

Working globally means crossing not only geographical borders, but also legal, linguistic and cultural borders. In an ever-more complex world, a leap of faith is not enough: you need trust. Multilaw is an international network of law firms providing the highest standards of advice and service, collaborating across borders and putting an end to distance.

Every one of Multilaw’s member firms is independent and proud of the local character and insight they bring to the table. It is this on-the-ground knowledge that helps clients take on the world.

Recent experience



Waipa Networks - $854m sale of Ultrafast Fibre Limited

Acted for Waipa Networks, one of the two selling shareholders, on the $854m sale of Ultrafast Fibre Limited to Japanese institutional investor First State Investments. Also advised WEL Energy Trust the 100% shareholder of the other seller, WEL Networks. Established in 2010 as part of the New Zealand Government's Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative, Ultrafast Fibre owns and operates the fibre network in the urban areas of Hamilton, Tauranga, Whanganui, New Plymouth, Tokoroa, Hawera, Cambridge and Te Awamutu providing access to ultra-fast broadband for more than 237,000 premises. We continue to act for Ultrafast Fibre Limited.

Bermele Plc - GBP24m acquisition of New Zealand company

Acted for Bermele Plc on the New Zealand aspects of Bermele’s acquisition for GBP24 million of New Zealand company East Imperial, a premium drinks mixer business, followed by East Imperial’s reverse listing on the London Stock Exchange. New Zealand-based East Imperial produces and markets a line of branded premium mixers that sell throughout the Asia-Pacific and the US, with sights set for the UK market.

Dicker Data Ltd - A$68m acquisition of New Zealand headquartered Exeed Group

Acted for ASX listed Dicker Data Ltd (ASX:DDR) on its acquisition for A$68 million of New Zealand headquartered Exeed Group which has revenues of NZ$380 million. The acquisition cements the group’s position as a leading player in the technology distribution business in New Zealand.

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