New-Zealand

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DOING BUSINESS

 


Local business incentives - Legal forms of companies - Registration and licensing procedures - Legal framework - Foreign exchange control - Regulations concerning equity investment - FDI inflows - Expertise of the political risk

Local business incentives

There are no real aids or incentives to set up a business in New Zealand. However, the country offers considerable advantages and all sectors offer investment possibilities. The dynamism of this country attracts an increasing number of foreign investors. New Zealand is a market with more than 3 million consumers. Finally, the country offers the opportunity to tap other big markets, such as Australia which is its main partner, and Asia.
Further information is available within the New Zealand Trade Board and the Overseas Investment Commission.

 

Legal forms of companies

Form Number of partners/shareholders Minimum and/or maximum capital Liability Registration fee Release of financial documents
Private Limited Company. Minimum 2 and maximum 25 No minimum capital. Liability is limited to the amount contributed. About NZD 360, notary's fees not included.
Total expenses are about NZD 3,000.
N/A
Public Limited Company. Minimum 7 No minimum capital. Liability is limited to the amount contributed. About NZD 360, notary's fees not included.
Total expenses are about NZD 3,000.
N/A

Registration and licensing procedures
Companies' registration procedures in New Zealand are made with the Trade Register where the company is going to set up.

Foreign exchange control
There are no exchange controls in New Zealand. Free repatriation of capital and profits is carried out.

Regulations concerning equity investment
A majority holding interest in the of a local company by a foreign investor is legal in New Zealand.  


Foreign Direct Investment inflows in New-Zealand

FDI inflows 2003 2004 2005 World rank (*)
2005
FDI inflows (USD million) 3695 2 580 1 603 60/141
Source : UNCTAD - World Investment Report
Note : (*) World Rank = UNCTAD Inward FDI Performance Index. It is a measure of the extend to which a host country receives inward FDI relative to its economic size. It is calculated as a ratio of the country's share in global FDI inflows to its share in global GDP.

 

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