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Buddle Findlay

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National Chairman: Paul Beverley
Number of partners: 46
Number of lawyers: 186 (including 46 partners)
Languages: English

Firm Overview:
Buddle Findlay is one of New Zealand’s leading commercial and public law firms, with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and a global reach of contacts and experience.

Buddle Findlay is progressive, well respected and at the forefront of the legal profession. The firm has an open and approachable client-focused culture, with a determination to continually provide the highest quality of service. Buddle Findlay’s experienced partnership brings an energy and enthusiasm to New Zealand’s legal market. Its practical approach has made it a valued strategic adviser to its clients with an ability to provide balanced advice within a broader commercial context.

Buddle Findlay maintains extremely close relationships with a number of overseas law firms. The majority of its partners, special counsel and senior associates have spent time working in major firms in a number of jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. As a result of this experience, and the firm’s ongoing work with major foreign firms in cross-border deals, it has established a reliable network of strong international affiliations.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Financial Services:
9 partners, 33 fee earners
Contact: Paul Farrugia
Email: [email protected]

Competition & Antitrust:
4 partners, 7 fee earners
Contact: Tony Dellow, Susie Kilty
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Corporate & Commercial:
12 partners, 39 fee earners
Contact: Simon Vodanovich
Email: [email protected]

Employment, Health & Safety:
4 partners, 16 fee earners
Contacts: Peter Chemis, Hamish Kynaston, Sherridan Cook, Susan Rowe
Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Environment & Resource Management:
6 partners, 15 fee earners
Contact: Paul Beverley
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
4 partners, 18 fee earners
Contact: John Glengarry
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
11 partners, 32 fee earners
Contact: Laura O’Gorman
Email: [email protected]

Property & Construction:
13 partners, 26 fee earners
Contacts: Daniel Kelleher, Charlotte von Dadelszen
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Public & Administrative Law:
3 partners, 9 fee earners
Contacts: Tony Dellow, Susie Kilty, Alastair Hercus
Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Restructuring & Insolvency:
10 partners, 15 fee earners
Contact: David Perry
[email protected]

2 partners, 7 fee earners
Contacts: Neil Russ, Tony Wilkinson
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Technology, Media & Telecommunications:
6 partners, 12 fee earners
Contact: Philip Wood
Email: [email protected]

International Work:
■ Acting for Newell Rubbermaid on all aspects of the NZ$660m acquisition of the very large scale New Zealand based plastics manufacturing business, Sistema. Lawyers: Simon Vodanovich, Nick Bragg, Lisette Hood, Tony Wilkinson, Sherridan Cook, Paul Farrugia, Vanessa Evitt, Susie Kilty, Allan Yeoman and John Glengarry.
■ Advising NZX listed Infratil on its NZ$238m blocktrade disposal of 19.9% of Metlifecare (NZX/ASX listed) Lawyers: Steve Nightingale, Simon Vodanovich and Tony Wilkinson
■ Advising Adamantem Capital on all aspects of its acquisition of, and investment into, Heritage Lifecare, a large retirement village and rest home operator.
Lawyers: Grant Dunn, Miriam Andrews, Susie Kilty and Tony Wilkinson
■ Acting for the facility agent, security trustee and the lenders on the NZ$100m syndicated facility provided to Xero, a publically listed tech company and provider of accounting based software with 1.2m subscribers with global operations headquartered out of New Zealand.
Lawyers: Paul Farrugia and Miriam Andrews
■ Advising Sydney-based investment firm Alceon Group on its acquisition of New Zealand clothing and homeware retailer EziBuy from ASX listed supermarket chain operator Woolworths.
Lawyers: Steve Nightingale and Tony Wilkinson