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Chapman Tripp

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Chief Executive Partner: Nick Wells
Managing Partner – Wellington: Andy Nicholls
Senior Partner: Arthur Young
Number of partners: 56
Number of lawyers: 200

Firm Overview:
Chapman Tripp is New Zealand’s leading full service law firm with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Chapman Tripp represents major New Zealand and multinational players in all industries and sectors including agriculture and forestry, energy and natural resources, insurance, construction and infrastructure, banking and financial services, 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 key roles in M&A, disposals, takeovers, financing, insolvency, restructuring, banking, procurement processes, large scale infrastructure projects and dispute resolution proceedings in New Zealand and around the globe.

Many of its lawyers have worked in Australia, the UK, the US, the Middle East, Asia, Africa or 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:
Brian Clayton, John McKay

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

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:
Tim Williams, Bradley Kidd

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

Key Contact:
Matt Yarnell

Key Contact:
Mark Reese, Brian Clayton, Paula Brosnahan

Key Contact:
John Knight, Garth Gallaway

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

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

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

Key Contact:
John Strowger, Josh Blackmore

Energy & Natural Resources:
Key Contact:
Catherine Somerville-Frost, Josh Blackmore, Brian Clayton

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

Property & Real Estate:
Key Contact:
Mark Nicholson, Andrew Woods, Greg Wise

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

Key Contact:
Graeme Olding, David Patterson, Bevan Miles

Work Highlights:
■ NZ’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, and the sale of Shell New Zealand to Vienna-based oil and gas company OMV for NZ$794m
■ The NZ elements of major global transactions, including on the landmark AU$1.5b trans-Tasman deal that resulted in Australasian oil and gas company Beach Energy acquiring Lattice Energy, the conventional upstream oil and gas business of Origin Energy
■ More of NZ’s initial public offerings (IPOs) and equity capital markets transactions than any other NZ firm (it has now acted on over half of the last 27 IPOs)
■ NZ’s most innovative banking and financing transactions, including the 2018 KangaNew Awards’ Innovative Debt Deal of the Year — the issue of NZ$125m Kauri green bonds by World Bank Group member IFC (also NZ’s first ever green bond deal), and advising Bank of China on their debut issuance of NZ$150m five-year 4.09% notes (NZ Domestic Bond Deal of the Year)
■ The most significant commercial disputes, including advising the Motion Picture Association of America in copyright and asset freezing litigation against notorious internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, and advising the Earthquake Commission (EQC) on all aspects of its statutory natural disaster insurance obligations, which continues to be the most significant story in NZ’s litigation and insurance markets by a significant margin
■ The most important infrastructure projects shaping NZ, including on the contract to build the new America’s Cup Village, 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)