Mike Laven

Rural & Agribusiness - Special Projects
Commercial Agency

Wellington Agency
Level 10, 36 Customhouse Quay, Wellington

PO Box 2747
Wellington 6140
+64 4 470 3930
+64 21 681 272
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Professional Summary

Mike is a specialist broker/consultant in the sale and acquisition of New Zealand viticulture assets. In addition to having a passion for good wine, he also has a strong interest in the business of wine both in New Zealand and in global markets.

As a result of living in a wine village and being involved in the local wine community for over 20 years, he has a good appreciation of the many challenges that winemakers and grape growers face in their businesses. He now enjoys providing a service to the many corporate and boutique growers and wine companies that make up the burgeoning New Zealand wine sector.

As a result of being involved in numerous acquisitions by overseas companies, he has good knowledge and experience of the Overseas Investment Office process, which all overseas buyers need to navigate in order to acquire rural and agribusiness assets in New Zealand.

Mike has over 35 years’ experience in real estate, principally as a consultant and broker in the commercial property sector in the UK, Asia and New Zealand. He has also undertaken several real estate developments including a number of wine/tourism projects in New Zealand.


Accomplishments

Sale of Alana Estate vineyard Martinborough

Sale of Nga Waka Vineyard Limited (Martinborough) as a going concern

Sale of Waimea Estates Nelson Limited - business and assets

Sale of Lake Chalice Wines Limited (Marlborough) - business and assets

Sale of Urlar Farms Limited (Wairarapa) - business and assets

Sale of minority interest in Awatere River Wine Company Limited (Marlborough)

Sale of Croft Wines vineyard (Martinborough)

Sale of Staete Landt vineyard (Marlborough)

Sale and leaseback of Kahurangi Estate Limited winery and vineyard (Nelson)

Sale and leaseback of Wairarapa Vintners winery and vineyard (Martinborough)

Sale of Huia Vineyards vineyard (Marlborough)

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