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Chapman Tripp

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Chief Executive Partner: Nick Wells
Managing Partner – Wellington: Andy Nicholls
Chair: Andrew Woods
Number of partners: 60
Number of lawyers: 204

Firm Overview:
Chapman Tripp is recognised as New Zealand’s leading full service law firm with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Chapman Tripp represents both domestic and multinational players across all industries and sectors, including banking and financial services (including regulatory advice), insurance, agriculture and forestry, energy and natural resources, construction and infrastructure, government and technology. The firm advises clients on all their legal requirements, including commercial, corporate, property, finance, tax, dispute resolution, environmental and government relations issues. It plays significant roles in M&As, disposals, takeovers, financing, insolvency, restructuring, banking, procurement processes, large scale infrastructure projects and dispute resolution proceedings in New Zealand and around the region.

Many of its lawyers have worked in Australia, the UK, the US, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe, and are well-placed to advise on inbound and outbound trade and investment matters. Chapman Tripp maintains an international perspective and understanding of the commercial imperatives and regulatory pressures involved in multinational transactions.

Main Areas of Practice:

Competition, Regulatory & Antitrust:
Key Contact:
Neil Anderson, Matt Sumpter

Construction & Major Projects:
Key Contact:
Hamish Bolland, John McKay

Corporate & Commercial:
Key Contact:
Bradley Kidd, Tim Tubman

Employment, Health & Safety:
Key Contact:
Garth Gallaway, Marie Wisker

Environment, Planning & Resource Management:
Key Contact:
Jo Appleyard, Paula Brosnahan

Finance & Capital Markets:
Key Contact:
Cathryn Barber, Ross Pennington, Mark Reese

Financial Services Regulation:
Key Contact:
Bradley Kidd, Penny Sheerin, Tim Williams

Funds & Superannuation:
Key Contact:
Penny Sheerin, Tim Williams, Mike Woodbury

Key Contact:
Matt Yarnell

Key Contact:
Hamish Bolland, Paula Brosnahan, Mark Reese

Key Contact:
Garth Gallaway, John Knight

Intellectual Property & TMT:
Key Contact:
Kelly McFadzien, Matt Sumpter

International Trade & Investment:
Key Contact:
Daniel Kalderimis, Tim Tubman

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Key Contact:
Justin Graham, Daniel Kalderimis

Key Contact:
Josh Blackmore, Pip England, John Strowger

Energy & Natural Resources:
Key Contact:
Hamish Bolland, Lauren Curtayne, Catherine Somerville-Frost

Private Client & Trusts:
Key Contact:
Jarrod Walker, Arthur Young

Property & Real Estate:
Key Contact:
Matt Carroll, Greg Wise, Andrew Woods

Restructuring & Insolvency:
Key Contact:
Michael Arthur, Michael Harper

Key Contact:
Bevan Miles, Graeme Olding, David Patterson

Work Highlights:
Advising on New Zealand’s most significant M&A deals, including ANZ Bank New Zealand’s sale of OnePath Life NZ for NZ$700m to specialist global insurer Cigna Corporation, the sale of Shell New Zealand to Vienna-based oil and gas company OMV for NZ$794m, and Fonterra on the sale of its iconic ice-cream business Tip Top to global ice cream manufacturer Froneri for $380m
■ The New Zealand elements of major global transactions, including Beach Energy on the landmark AU$1.5b trans-Tasman acquisition of Lattice Energy, and Trilogy on its sale to CITIC Capital China
■ Advising on more of New Zealand’s initial public offerings (IPOs) and equity capital markets transactions than any other New Zealand firm (it has now acted on over half of the last 27 IPOs)
■ Key roles on New Zealand’s most innovative banking and financing transactions, including advising Chorus on an issue of NZ$500m, ten year, re-setting fixed rate bonds – the largest corporate (non-bank, non-government) issuance on the NZX Debt Market, and Housing New Zealand on its NZ$500m dual tranche wholesale issuance of fixed and floating rate notes under its MTN programme. These transactions were named KangaNews New Zealand Domestic Credit Deal of the Year 2018 and New Zealand Domestic Rates Deal of the Year 2018, respectively
■ The most significant commercial disputes, including advising the directors of Mainzeal for breaches of various directors’ duties, and defending Bluescope Steel in a large claim from an unsuccessful purchase
■ The most important infrastructure projects shaping New Zealand, including on the contract to build the new America’s Cup Village in Auckland, and the first phase of a long-term strategic project to future-proof the route for an additional transport corridor across Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour (valued between NZ$4-6b)


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