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Bell Gully

Restructuring/Insolvency

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What the team is known for

Diverse team of professionals with expertise working on high-profile restructurings, insolvencies and property receiverships for New Zealand's leading receivers, banks and accounting firms. Handles voluntary administrations, credit priority order matters and asset distribution. The firm is also active in the litigation of insolvency-related matters.

Work highlights

Advised Antares Restaurant Group, operator of the Burger King franchise in New Zealand, on the receivership of the business's holding company, the 83-restaurant chain having been seriously damaged by the COVID-19 lockdown.

Notable practitioners

David McPherson heads the practice, bringing to his work a particularly close acquaintanceship with New Zealand's banking sector and extensive experience in the representation of clients involved in administrations, receiverships and debt restructuring mandates. Clients appreciate his thoroughness, one commenting: "He's just a solid practitioner on the particularities."

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Overview

​​Bell Gully has a wealth of expertise and experience in insolvency, corporate restructuring, receiverships and liquidations. Our team is recognised as a leader among New Zealand's restructuring and insolvency legal practices. The practice is built around the multi-disciplinary expertise of experienced and highly regarded finance, litigation and corporate specialists. 

Our approach is focused on delivering technical expertise with the pragmatism to achieve our clients' commercial objectives.

Our specialist team is regularly engaged to assist on major cross-border insolvency issues. We advise receivers, liquidators and other insolvency practitioners across the whole range of insolvency and restructuring matters including:

  • corporate reconstruction and workouts,
  • receiverships,
  • liquidations,
  • voluntary administrations,
  • cross-border insolvency,
  • statutory management, and
  • debt restructuring.​
Our team continues to act on the majority of major restructurings in New Zealand including Yellow Pages and MediaWorks. We successfully achieved large recoveries from directors, auditors and insurers of finance companies including Bridgecorp, Nathans Finance and OPI. We have acted in relation to many fraudulent investment schemes including Ross Asset Management and International Investment Unit Trust and CH Finance.

Clients

ASB Bank

BNZ

Grant Thornton

KPMG

McGrath Nicol

PwC

Restructuring/Insolvency Department

Bell Gully

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Department location

Vero Centre

48 Shortland Street

PO Box 4199

Auckland

Auckland

New Zealand

1140

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 2 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Article

Court rules on status of cryptocurrencies

Authors: David Craig, Campbell Pentney, Bronwyn Neal

Article

Should directors’ duties be suspended during the COVID-19 lockdown?

Authors: David Friar, Tim Fitzgerald, Jennifer Coote, Tim Smith

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New Zealand

Restructuring/Insolvency


David McPherson
Band 3