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Dr Heida Donegan

December 19, 2019

Heida is a corporate and commercial partner at Kensington Swan who leads the firm’s Asia Business team. Kensington Swan is one of New Zealand’s leading law firms, shortly to combine with the world’s largest law firm Dentons in early February 2020. In addition to its presence in over 80 jurisdictions across the globe, Dentons currently has offices in 47 major cities (including Hong Kong) in China.

Prior to joining Kensington Swan, Heida was a partner in a global law firm practising off Hong Kong and China. She was also a China-Appointed Attesting Officer appointed to practice in Hong Kong by China’s Ministry of Justice. For many years Heida led the firm’s corporate practice specialising in in-bound investment work for multi-national companies investing in China and other parts of Asia.

With over 25 years’ experience as a cross-border investment law specialist, Heida assists predominantly Chinese and Asian clients to acquire, establish and sell businesses and assets, form joint ventures with domestic businesses and operations, and raise capital in New Zealand. She oversees all stages of these transactions from due diligence, through to documentation and advising on regulatory processes, including helping clients with obtaining consents to acquire and develop significant business assets and sensitive land under the Overseas Investment Act and Regulations. Heida regularly advises clients on project development transactions canvassing a diverse range of sectors.

Heida is the President of the Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association. The HKNZBA operates under the auspices of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide which has 46 member associations in 35 countries. It has been working with government agencies, businesses and communities to promote trade and investment between New Zealand and Hong Kong (and in turn China) for over 30 years.

Heida holds a doctorate in law from the University of Auckland.

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