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Bell Gully

HP TOWER, 171 FEATHERSTON STREET, PO BOX 1291, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
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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
Bell Gully, Dean Oppenhuis, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND

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Dean Oppenhuis

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Work +64 4 915 6921
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Bell Gully

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Information, communications and technology, Mergers and acquisitions, Takeovers, Equity capital markets, Private equity and venture capital, Corporate governance and advisory, Commercial, Intellectual property, Overseas investment, Employee share schemes

Career

Dean's expertise and experience covers a wide range of areas, from mergers and acquisitions, public offers, stock exchange listings, company and securities law, private equity and venture capital; to outsourcing, technology contracts, infrastructure and commercialisation of intellectual property.

Admitted - 1995 New Zealand International Career: Fujitsu Services Limited, London 1998-2000, Osborn & Maledon, Phoenix, Arizona, USA 1994.

Education

BCom, LLB(Hons), University of Canterbury.


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Bell Gully has a broad practice that has experts in technology and media matters, including emerging technologies such as blockchain. The firm acted for Centrality Investments, which supports app developers, in the world’s first token generating event - the blockchain equivalent of an IPO - which raised the Ethereum equivalent of $80m in just six minutes. Practice head Dean Oppenhuis in Wellington led that deal and focuses on technology procurement and implementation in both the private and public sectors. The firm also advised virtual and augmented reality company 8i on commercial contracts. Auckland-based media lawyer and litigation partner Alan Ringwood assisted NZME Publishing and Mediaworks with a test case concerning the use of sports video clips by the news media. Newly promoted partner Laura Littlewood handles M&A transactions involving significant IP and technology assets, though her work also encompasses advice on data and strategic IT platforms. IP litigation partner Tania Goatley is also strong in media, advertising and privacy law.

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  • The Tax Working Group’s Interim Report - A capital gains tax for New Zealand?

    ​​​​​​The 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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  • The Tax Working Group’s Interim Report - A capital gains tax for New Zealand?

    ​​​​​​The 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. 
  • Privilege in regulatory investigations: UK Court of Appeal supports a broad approach

    Last week, the UK Court of Appeal released its much-anticipated judgment in ENRC v SFO[1], a decision with significant implications for the scope of legal professional privilege in the context of regulatory investigations.
  • Overseas Investment - review announced just as new regime comes into force

    Just days before amendments to New Zealand’s overseas investment regime take effect, the government has announced its intention to undertake a further review of the legislation.
  • New NZX Listing Rules in force from 1 January 2019

    NZX today published the final version of its updated listing rules. These new rules will take effect on 1 January 2019, subject to a six-month transition period.
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership trade benefits are coming

    Following several years of negotiations, and after the high-profile collapse of the original Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ) in 2017, the renamed “Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership” ( CPTPP ) has now met the required number of ratifications to come into force. This is due to occur on 30 December 2018. This will offer New Zealand businesses a range of opportunities they should plan for, including reduced tariffs on a number of key exports.​
  • CPTPP Agreement sparks further legislative change

    The Government has introduced further amendments to the Overseas Investment Regulations 2005 (the Regulations ) to ensure New Zealand complies with its obligations under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (the CPTPP Agreement ) and various other international agreements New Zealand is a party to.
  • What is the latest in privacy law reform?

    The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (the Bill) was passed yesterday after its third and final reading. It is likely to receive Royal assent this month. Once that occurs, the provisions of the Bill that limit the ability of overseas persons to purchase residential property in New Zealand and the changes in the regime governing overseas investments in forestry will officially become part of the Overseas Investment Act (the Act).
  • Residential land amendments mark new era in New Zealand’s overseas investment regime

    ​​​​​​The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (the Bill) was passed yesterday after its third and final reading. It is likely to receive Royal assent this month. Once that occurs, the provisions of the Bill that limit the ability of overseas persons to purchase residential property in New Zealand and the changes in the regime governing overseas investments in forestry will officially become part of the Overseas Investment Act (the Act).
  • A fresh look at the recoverability of takeover expenses

    The High Court has revisited the recoverability of a target company's expenses for the first time in more than 45 years. The case has important implications for future reimbursement disputes.
  • Insurance contract law reform back on the agenda for 2018

    The Government announced on 6 March that it is undertaking a review of New Zealand's insurance contract law, and has released a terms of reference for the review here ​​.