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Bell Gully

HP TOWER, 171 FEATHERSTON STREET, PO BOX 1291, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 4 473 7777
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Fax +64 4 473 3845
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SX 11164
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http://www.bellgully.com
Auckland, Wellington

Jenny Stevens

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Work +64 4 915 6849
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Bell Gully

Work Department

Dispute Resolution

Position

Litigation and dispute resolution, Competition, Banking and finance litigation, Regulatory investigations and prosecutions, Commissions and inquiries, Class actions, Arbitration

Career

​​​​​​​​Jenny works alongside clients to develop strategies to manage and resolve often very challenging and high profile cases. She is an experienced commercial litigator advising in a range of commercial disputes including large scale contractual disputes and negligence claims as well as cases involving breaches of confidence, competition law, consumer law and insurance. She acts for defendants in class action proceedings.

Jenny is currently advising Danone on all aspects of its dispute with Fonterra following the August 2013 whey protein concentrate botulism scare. This is one of the highest profile and most complex cases in New Zealand. Jenny is acting for ANZ in class action proceedings brought by plaintiffs seeking recovery of certain bank fees charged to them.

Jenny has extensive experience working with businesses involved in regulatory investigations. She advises clients in Ministerial Inquiries, assists with drafting submissions on regulatory proposals and advises clients on public law obligations.

Jenny is a well-known advisor on competition issues and has acted for clients such as Singapore Airlines Cargo and ANZ in some of New Zealand's largest competition law cases brought by the Commerce Commission.

Admitted: 1998 New Zealand. International caree - Norton Rose, London 2001-2004.

Member

​Board of the Competition Law and Policy Institute of New Zealand

Education

LLB, BCA, Victoria University of Wellington.


New Zealand

Competition law

Within: Competition law

Bell Gully advises on the competition law aspects of large mergers and acquisitions and also handles high-profile litigation. Practice head and leading light Torrin Crowther recently obtained Commerce Commission clearance for Tronox in its US$1.67bn acquisition of rival titanium dioxide producer Cristal. Special counsel Glenn Shewan, who is on the board of the Competition Law and Policy Institute, also played a key role in that transaction. Crowther and senior associate Michael Tilley, who recently joined from the Commerce Commission, advised software developer MYOB, on its proposed acquisition of accounting software firm Reckon Limited. Simon Ladd is the key name for contentious matters and alongside Crowther advised US-based investment firm Platinum Equity on its proposed acquisition of business products supplier OfficeMax NZ from Office Depot. Head of litigation Jenny Stevens in Wellington also plays a key role in the practice, particularly for clients in the energy sector.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Bell Gully has a large dispute resolution team that is 'easy to deal with and provides both timely advice and good value for money'. The firm handles a range of disputes work, including commercial litigation, banking and finance litigation, class actions, commissions of inquiry, corporate and competition regulatory investigations and much more. Practice head Jenny Stevens in Wellington represented Danone Group in all issues arising from the Fonterra whey protein concentrate contamination crisis in August 2013, which included a private commercial arbitration. Highlights for key partners included Auckland-based David Friar's work for Southern Response Earthquake Services in a class action brought by the claims management company's customers, and Sophie East's defence of former directors of insolvent company Feltex against claims alleging misleading statements. Also recommended are the 'level-headed, measured' Simon Ladd; veteran partners Ian Gault and Alan Ringwood; Tim Fitzgerald, who advised Bryanston Pte. on a large property dispute; newly promoted partner Jesse Wilson; senior associate Rebecca Rose; and Wellington-based Tim Smith.

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    ‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčThe Tax Working Group has released its Interim Report on the Future of Tax. Amongst a number of other matters, the Interim Report describes two alternative methods for the implementation of a capital gains tax in New Zealand, which will be the subject of further consideration over the coming months.¬†
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