Dr Heida Donegan
Heida is a corporate and commercial partner at Dentons Kensington Swan and currently leads the firm’s Asia Business team. Dentons Kensington Swan is part of Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. As a leading commercial law firm in New Zealand, the firm provides clients with unparalleled access to the legal expertise in more than 80 jurisdictions and 200 locations, of which 49 are in China.
Before joining Dentons Kensington Swan, Heida was a partner in a different global law firm practising in 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 in advising clients on cross-border investment, Heida assists clients to acquire, establish and sell businesses and assets, form joint ventures with domestic businesses and operations, and raise capital in New Zealand. She regularly advises clients on project development transactions covering a diverse range of sectors. Heida oversees all stages of these transactions, from advice on optimising corporate structures and mitigating risks, due diligence, through to documentation preparation, negotiation, and advice on applying for, and obtaining, consents under overseas investment, competition and natural resources laws.
Whatever the size of the client’s project, Heida’s objective is to provide an unbeatable client experience and add value to clients’ investment and commercial endeavours through engagement of her legal expertise and business acumen. Clients and peers value Heida’s unique experience in terms of formation and materialisation of China-or-Asian-related cross-border transactions, project developments and market entry / regulatory matters. She is often commended as “a first-class China specialist and a ‘go-to’ lawyer”.
Heida is the Immediate Past President of the Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association.
Heida also holds a doctorate in law from the University of Auckland.