Technology is a fast growing and exciting sector, with its implementation now a key part of almost every business.

When it comes to tech start-ups there are some specific mechanisms that need to be put in place to ensure success when commercialising new ideas and software.


These include sourcing venture capital and taking on investors, protecting intellectual property, confidentiality agreements, software licensing, structuring and distribution agreements.


Negotiating these matters can be a risky and complex process for the uninitiated and why expert advice from our specialist legal team is critical from the outset.


We also provide a range of general business legal advice to technology clients at all stages of operation, including buying and selling of businesses and property, employment matters, tax advice, partnership agreements, succession planning, and risk identification.


As a firm, Saunders & Co has a strong interest in new technologies. We are investors in our own software platforms – the OneLaw practice module and Justly online wills software, so have a good understanding of how to approach an investment in technology and the challenges Start-ups face from protecting IP right through to exit.


One of our Partners, Toby Giles, has a significant understanding of the business operations of Internet Service Providers, having held governance positions on two major Telcos and is currently on the board of a Start-up.

Our services to technology companies include:


  • Company formation and structuring
  • Co-founders agreements
  • Non-disclosure Agreements (NDA)
  • Intellectual Property (IP) Protection & Management
  • Freedom to Operate Assessment
  • Research & Development (R&D) Funding
  • Governance
  • Term Sheets
  • Capital raising
  • Shareholders Subscription Agreements
  • Share Schemes (ESOP)
  • Capital (Cap Table) structuring
  • Valuation models
  • Subscription agreements
  • Software as a Service (Saas) agreements
  • Joint Ventures
  • Due Diligence (DD)
  • Insurance requirements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Independent Contractors Agreements
  • Negotiation of sale (EXIT)


  • Virginia Nichols, Senior Associate, is a member of Canterbury Tech and is currently working with a high-tech manufacturer in Christchurch to obtain Callaghan funding for their new R&D project.
  • Liam Glubb, Partner, recently completed a development agreement for an established local game studio to work with a smaller US company on a $1million new project.
  • Julia Johnston, Senior Associate, recently advised a tech firm on the tax considerations when expanding overseas.
  • Toby Giles, Partner, is a board member of, and provides governance expertise to, Justly NZ Limited. Justly is a high-tech legal software platform that has secured R&D project funding from Callaghan Innovation and has raised private equity seed funding of $1 million, including investment from the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF).

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