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Bell Gully

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

Brynn Gilbertson

Tel:
Work +64 9 916 8948
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Bell Gully

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Mergers and acquisitions, Equity capital markets, Debt capital markets, Takeovers, Corporate governance and advisory, Joint ventures, Employee share schemes, Commercial, Overseas investment

Career

​Brynn is a senior member of the corporate department with over 25 years’ experience providing corporate advice.

Brynn is recognised for his depth of experience on both mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He is a key advisor to Fletcher Building and regularly advises other key clients of the firm on their corporate transactions, including Contact Energy, Fisher & Paykel, New Zealand Super Fund, New Zealand Treasury and SKYCITY Entertainment Group.

With proven ability to manage large transactions, Brynn has led Bell Gully’s team advising on many of the most significant M&A transactions that have been completed in the New Zealand market in recent years.

He has been the lead Bell Gully partner acting for the issuer on a number of IPOs including Mighty River Power, Meridian Energy, Fletcher Building, Goodman Fielder, DNZ Property Fund and Rubicon.

Admitted - 1988 New Zealand International Career: Sullivan & Cromwell, New York 1995-1996.

Education

LLB(Hons), University of Canterbury.


New Zealand

Competition law

Within: Competition law

Bell Gully has one of the foremost competition practices in New Zealand and serves a blue-chip client base in high-profile M&A transactions. Team head Torrin Crowther in Auckland worked with corporate partners Haydn Wong and Brynn Gilbertson respectively on Cavalier Wool Holdings’ NZ$40m merger with New Zealand Wool Services, and Fletcher Building’s NZ$303m acquisition of Higgins Group Holdings. Experienced litigator Simon Ladd, who has a strong reputation for cartel proceedings, led the successful defence of merger appeals in the High Court and Court of Appeal for Cavalier Wool Holdings. Among the firm’s prominent clients are Air New Zealand, Vodafone New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, First State Investments and Frucor Beverages Group.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Brynn Gilbertson - Bell Gully

Within: Corporate and M&A

Clients praise the ‘breadth of skills and work ethic’ of Bell Gully, which provides ‘knowledgeable, commercial and concise advice’. High-profile deals for the team included advising Vodafone on its proposed NZ$3.4bn merger with Sky Network Television, and acting for resin manufacturer Nuplex Industries in its NZ$1bn acquisition of Allnex Belgium by way of a scheme of arrangement. Recommended are Auckland-based Anna Buchly and James Gibson, who ‘always go above and beyond to assist’ and who led on the Vodafone deal; Brynn Gilbertson, who advised Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation on major acquisitions; corporate law specialist Glenn Joblin; ‘canny corporate practitionerToby Sharpe; newly promoted Chris Goddard, who ‘understands the commercial context of a deal’; Wellington-based public law expert Simon Watt and the ‘simply outstandingAmon Nunns. The firm counts Blackstone, HNA Group, First State Investments and Hewlett Packard among its clients.

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