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Bell Gully

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Chair: Anna Buchly Deputy Chair: Simon Watt
Number of partners: 42
Number of lawyers: 183
Languages: Afrikaans, Cantonese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Fijian, Filipino/Tagalog, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Mandarin, Maori, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Sundanese, Swedish, Tokelauan

Firm Overview:
Bell Gully is independently recognised as New Zealand’s leading commercial law firm. It helps many of New Zealand’s leading companies and public sector agencies navigate their most complex and ambitious projects along with day-to-day operational issues. It has a team of 190 lawyers who combine market corporate, commercial, employment, financial services, dispute resolution, property and tax capabilities with a wide array of specialist skills. The firm’s range of expertise and experience is extensive; its work ranges from the complex, ambitious projects and difficult cases, to day to day operational issues. Bell Gully consistently deliver practical solutions to everyday and unique problems.

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate, Commercial & M&A:

17 partners; 44 fee earners
Nuplex Industries billion dollar takeover; Contact Energy NZ$1.81 billion sale of Origin’s stake in Contact. Key Clients: Vodafone, Blackstone, Nuplex, HP.
Contact: Haydn Wong
Tel: +64 9 916 8918
Email: [email protected]

Competition & Antitrust:
4 partners; 13 fee earners
Merger of Cavalier Wool Holdings and New Zealand Wool Services International; Tabcorp commingling totalisator betting pools.
Key Clients: Air NZ, Singapore Airlines, Carter Holt Harvey.
Contact: Torrin Crowther
Tel: +64 9 916 8621
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
4 partners; 10 fee earners
Westpac and CBA funding newly listed and demerged NZME; Restaurant Brands NZ acquisition funding for New South Wales KFC, and Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in Hawaii and the Pacific.
Key Clients: ANZ, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Fletcher Building, NZ Treasury.
Contact: David Craig
Tel: +64 4 915 6839
Email: [email protected]

Employment & Health & Safety:
3 partners; 10 fee earners
JP Morgan in long-running litigation between the bank and a former manager; Rank Group in relation to a Holidays Act issue stemming from the sale of CHH’s pulp, paper and packaging business.
Key Clients: Asahi, Apple, Federal Express, Frucor, Facebook
Contact: Tim Clarke
Tel: +64 9 916 8347
Email: [email protected]

Energy & Natural Resources:
4 partners; 14 fee earners
Meridian Energy obtaining and administering resource consents; First State Investments NZ$952.5 million acquisition of Vector Gas and NZ$335 million acquisition of the Maui natural gas pipeline.
Key Clients:
First State Investments, Contact Energy, Anadarko, TAG Oil.
Contact: David Coull
Tel: +64 4 915 6863
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
14 partners; 41 fee earners
Southern Response class action arising out of the Christchurch earthquakes; ANZ class action proceedings relating to bank fees.
Key Clients: Danone, Rank Group, Pernod Ricard, PHARMAC.
Contact: Jenny Stevens
Tel: +64 4 915 6849
Email: [email protected]

Tax, Trusts & Private Clients:
3 partners; 8 fee earners
HNA Group NZ$660 million acquisition of UDC Finance; Downer NZ acquisition of Hawkins.
Key Clients: Britsh American Tobacco, Suncorp Group, Commonwealth/ASB Bank.
Contact: Mathew McKay
Tel: +64 9 916 8329
Email: [email protected]

Public Law:
8 partners; 24 fee earners
NZTA on the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway PPP; Department of Corrections’ third PPP project for a new large prison at Waikeria.
Key Clients: Crown Fibre Holdings, Ministry of Defence, NZTA.
Contact: Simon Watt
Tel: +64 4 915 6854
Email: [email protected]

Property & Construction:
8 partners; 24 fee earners
Precinct Properties on Wellington Accommodation Project; Stride Property NZ$445 million acquisitions of two Westfield shopping centres.
Key Clients: Auckland Transport, David Jones, GIC, Host Hotels and Resorts.
Contact: Andrew Petersen
Tel: +64 9 916 8622
Email: [email protected]

Environment & Resource Management:
3 partners; 13 fee earners
Auckland Transport regional consenting appeals; Transpower NZ development of special housing areas in Auckland.
Key Clients: Auckland Transport, Transpower NZ, Tainui Group Holdings.
Contact: Andrew Beatson
Tel: +64 4 915 6770
Email: [email protected]

Restructuring & Insolvency:
9 partners; 29 fee earners
Ferrier Hodgson (Australia) as receivers of DSE (NZ) Limited (In Receivership and In Liquidation); PwC as liquidators of the Ross Asset Management (RAM) group of companies.
Key Clients: PwC, KordaMentha, McGrath Nicol, Grant Thornton.
Contact: David McPherson
Tel: +64 9 916 8988
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property & TMT:
7 partners; 14 fee earners
Unilever and related entities in NZ and Australia on trade mark issues; Crown Fibre Holdings ultra-fast broadband roll out in NZ.
Key Clients: Abbot Laboratories, PepsiCo, BMW, Frucor.
Contact: Alan Ringwood
Tel: +64 9 916 8925
Email: [email protected]

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