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What the team is known for

Bell Gully has a respected legal team of seasoned tax specialists, distinguished for its track record advising corporate clients on the tax aspects of M&A transactions. Also highly adept in contentious matters, including tax avoidance cases, Inland Revenue Department audits and transfer pricing disputes. Provides considerable expertise in the areas of GST and excise duty, alongside tax matters in the property space. Its extensive private client practice includes advice on immigration matters. Acts for local and international clients in such sectors as real estate, finance, energy and insurance. Notable clients include Vodafone New Zealand, Resolution Life and Mitsui.

Strengths

An interviewee reports that Bell Gully's lawyers "have the skills to quickly understand and the practical experience to provide insights and targeted advice that we can confidently rely on."

Another says: "The advice is always of a high standard, technical and commercial. They have a strong customer focus, they never missed a deadline and are reliable."

Work highlights

Bell Gully advised Vodafone New Zealand on a review of various indefeasible right to use contracts, which include arrangements with Microsoft, 2Degrees and Spark. The legal team assisted in both drafting and negotiation of tax clauses as well as tax advice on the rights and payments made under those contracts.

Notable practitioners

Mathew McKay is based in the Auckland office, where he handles the tax aspects of a wide range of matters including refinancing, transactions and restructuring. He is particularly well regarded for tax disputes. One interviewee describes him as a "safe pair of hands," whose strengths include "technical knowledge of tax, service delivery and communication skills."

Graham Murray is noted for his experience acting on the tax aspects of M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. One client says he is a "great communicator" who "thinks outside the box to achieve sensible and pragmatic outcomes for clients."

Willy Sussman is an Auckland-based partner, recognised for his expertise in indirect tax as well as his private individuals' tax practice. A client highlights his "deep connections in New Zealand" and "superb understanding of the law." Another finds that "his attention to detail, expertise and availability when required cannot be faulted."

Campbell Pentney is a special counsel in Bell Gully's Auckland office, where he frequently assists on matters relating to GST, income tax and property tax. One client comments: "Campbell is efficient and responsive in addressing our needs within the required time frames."

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