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Bell Gully

LEVEL 21, VERO CENTRE, 48 SHORTLAND STREET, PO BOX 4199, AUCKLAND 1140, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 9 916 8800
Fax:
Fax +64 9 916 8801
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Web:
www.bellgully.com
Auckland, Wellington

New Zealand

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Bell Gully

β€˜The advice is second to none’ at Bell Gully. Clients note the β€˜superb expertise and service’ from department head David Craig (β€˜one of the few people in the market who knows about derivatives’) and the β€˜commercially aware’ Hugh Kettle in Wellington, and, in Auckland, β€˜excellent negotiator’ David McPherson, Murray King and Rachel Paris, who are β€˜experts in their field’. Paris advised First State Investments on the debt financing for its NZ$952m acquisition of Vector Gas.

Leading individuals

David Craig - Bell Gully

David McPherson - Bell Gully

Murray King - Bell Gully

Next generation lawyers

Liz Lim - Bell Gully

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Bell Gully

Bell Gully’s 17-partner team β€˜rates highly for quick, practical advice’. Auckland’s Haydn Wong, Brynn Gilbertson, James Gibson and competition specialist Torrin Crowther are β€˜experts in their field’. The β€˜strategic, smart’ Toby Sharpe is β€˜the best young M&A lawyer around’. Wellington-based public law expert Simon Watt is also recommended. Gavin Macdonald and James Cooney are advising Nuplex Industries on a proposed NZ$1bn acquisition by Allnex Belgium.

Leading individuals

Brynn Gilbertson - Bell Gully

Gavin Macdonald - Bell Gully

James Gibson - Bell Gully

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Bell Gully

Bell Gully is β€˜one of the leading firms in Auckland for dispute resolution’. Auckland-based Murray Tingey, whose clients include receivers Ferrier Hodgson, leads the team. David Friar successfully opposed a class action lawsuit for Southern Response. Ian Gault and Simon Ladd defended Carter Holt Harvey in a dispute with the Ministry of Education. David Cooper and Wellington-based Mike Colson (who represented the owners of the Kawarau Falls Station resort) and Jenny Stevens are also recommended.

Leading individuals

David Cooper - Bell Gully

Ian Gault - Bell Gully

Murray Tingey - Bell Gully

Next generation lawyers

Rebecca Rose - Bell Gully

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Bell Gully

Bell Gully delivers β€˜fast turnaround from a strong and commercial team’. Auckland-based Rob Towner is β€˜the best employment lawyer in the country’, according to one client, and regularly advises Compass Group. The β€˜approachable, commercially focused’ Tim Clarke and Wellington-based Rachael Brown are recommended for health and safety matters.

Leading individuals

Rob Towner - Bell Gully

Tim Clarke - Bell Gully

Next generation lawyers

Liz Coats - Bell Gully

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Bell Gully

β€˜Superb firm’ Bell Gully is β€˜among the best – infused with quality and a trusted adviser’. It acts for major insurers such as Aon, QBE and Suncorp. Auckland-based David Friar (β€˜industrious, committed and clever’) and Simon Ladd, who is the litigation liaison for insurer clients, lead the practice. Glenn Joblin is recommended for corporate and regulatory advice to insurers. Friar successfully opposed a High Court class action for Southern Response.

Leading individuals

David Friar - Bell Gully

Simon Ladd - Bell Gully

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Bell Gully

Bell Gully is known for its strategic IP advice on large corporate transactions and handling precedent-setting IP disputes. Alan Ringwood in Auckland successfully defended PepsiCo and Frucor against claims of copyright infringement. Senior associate Sooyun Lee assisted Element Financial on trade mark issues in its acquisition of GE’s global fleet leasing business.

Next generation lawyers

Sooyun Lee - Bell Gully

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Projects and resource management (including environment)
Projects and resource management (including environment) - ranked: tier 1

Bell Gully

β€˜Responses are immediate and it gets things done efficiently’, say clients of the β€˜highly skilled and experienced team’ at Bell Gully. β€˜Excellent for pathfinder projects’, the team of β€˜real thinkers and problem solvers’ includes Wellington-based Chris Gordon, Hugh Kettle and public law expert Simon Watt. Andrew Beatson (who β€˜has a huge range of knowledge’) advised Auckland Transport on its NZ$2.86bn City Rail Link project. David Chisnall and Auckland-based Garry Downs are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrew Beatson - Bell Gully

Chris Gordon - Bell Gully

Hugh Kettle - Bell Gully

Simon Watt - Bell Gully

Next generation lawyers

Claire Harmsworth - Bell Gully

Leigh Kissick - Bell Gully

Natasha Garvan - Bell Gully

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Bell Gully

Bell Gully is β€˜highly professional with a strong team’ led by the β€˜conscientious’ Andrew Petersen in Auckland. β€˜Very customer-focused partner’ Jane Holland advised Stride Property on the NZ$445m acquisition of two large regional shopping centres. Construction specialist Tom Bennett is also recommended. In Wellington, leading commercial property partner David Chisnall advised Housing New Zealand on the transfer of ownership of 2,800 state houses to the Tāmaki Redevelopment Company.

Leading individuals

Andrew Peterson - Bell Gully

David Chisnall - Bell Gully

Jane Holland - Bell Gully

Next generation lawyers

Karl Anderson - Bell Gully

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Bell Gully

At Bell Gully, β€˜excellent litigator and commercial adviser’ Murray Tingey and β€˜excellent negotiator’ David McPherson in Auckland lead a team that counts ASB Bank, Bank of New Zealand, KPMG and BDO among its clients. Tingey and Wellington-based Mike Colson advised PwC as the receiver of Helipro Group. Colson also advised PwC on the NZ$400m liquidation of Ross Asset Management.

Leading individuals

David McPherson - Bell Gully

Murray Tingey - Bell Gully

Next generation lawyers

Tim Fitzgerald - Bell Gully

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Bell Gully

Bell Gully is β€˜great at clarifying the scope of matters and providing excellent business insight’. In Auckland, Mathew McKay is β€˜extremely accessible, able to think outside the box and to provide advice of an extremely high calibre’, and Willy Sussman β€˜always takes a personal interest in client matters’. Also recommended is Jarrod Walker, who β€˜understands technical issues quickly’. McKay advised Frucor on disputes over the use of mandatory convertible notes, which are alleged to involve tax avoidance.

Leading individuals

Mathew McKay - Bell Gully

Willy Sussman - Bell Gully

Next generation lawyers

Graham Murray - Bell Gully

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