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Buddle Findlay

83 VICTORIA STREET, PO BOX 322, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 3 379 1747
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Fax +64 3 379 5659
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WPZ 0307
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www.buddlefindlay.com
Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington

New Zealand

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay has 'a very, very strong finance practice, in which all of the partners are excellent in their own right and together make a formidable team'. One client notes that the firm is 'efficient and commercial in its approach and very good value for money'. The 'efficient, accurate and cost-effective' Paul Farrugia leads the team from Auckland, where key partners Miriam Andrews (who is 'a great asset - commercial, responsive and collaborative') and Peter Owles (who is 'exceptionally smart and a "go-to" person for any complex, structured transaction') are highly recommended. Farrugia and Andrews acted for Bank of New Zealand and ANZ Bank New Zealand in the provision of a NZ$100m syndicated loan to Xero Limited. Owles acted for ANZ Bank and a syndicate of banks in the restructuring of retirement village operator Summerset group's NZ$600m syndicated loans. Insolvency partners David Perry and Scott Abel also play key roles in the practice. New arrival from DLA Piper New Zealand Terence Ng brought his market-leading Asia practice to the firm in early 2018. 'One of the top senior associates in the market', Daniel Collins, joined from MinterEllisonRuddWatts. Simon Jensen in Wellington is president of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association.

Leading individuals

Paul Farrugia - Buddle Findlay

Peter Owles - Buddle Findlay

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Collins - Buddle Findlay

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Competition law
Competition law - ranked: tier 2

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay acts for public sector entities and large corporates in regulatory and merger clearance matters. Competition, overseas investment and economic regulation specialist Susie Kilty and Tony Dellow, whose early career included a stint at the New Zealand Ministry of Commerce, lead the practice from Wellington. They recently advised Toyota on its project to move to a new distribution model, which raised questions about the company's exposure under the Commerce Act and about the stance of the courts on new cartel prohibition regulations. Senior associate Jessica White, who joined from Minter Ellison in Australia, is also recommended. Litigator Laura O’Gorman in Auckland assisted Dellow with the Electricity Authority's proposals to introduce a default distributor agreement in order to promote competition in electricity retail markets. CRV Limited, Sky Television and the Ministry of Health are among the firm's clients.

Leading individuals

Susie Kilty - Buddle Findlay

Tony Dellow - Buddle Findlay

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

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay provides 'the highest quality of service and is always thorough, having a deep tool kit and a senior team with valuable experience and rich networks and knowledge in New Zealand'. 'They understand our requirements and always outperform', says a client. The team, which is led by Auckland-based Simon Vodanovich, frequently acts in some of the largest corporate transactions in the market and Vodanovich recently advised Newell Brands on its NZ$660m acquisition of Sistema Plastics. Partners Nick Bragg and Lisette Hood also played key roles in that transaction. Also recommended are Grant Dunn, who has 'very deep knowledge of the market and a good eye for detail'; senior corporate partner David Thomson, who handled a share sale for Geneva Group; and senior associate Benjamin Sutton, who is 'an emerging talent operating in many ways at a partner level - a safe pair of hands'. In Wellington, Steve Nightingale is a standout practitioner and he advised Infratil on the block trade sale of its NZ$237m stake in Metlifecare.

Leading individuals

Grant Dunn - Buddle Findlay

Simon Vodanovich - Buddle Findlay

Next generation lawyers

Benjamin Sutton - Buddle Findlay

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay is known for 'excellent service and pragmatic, relevant and timely advice'. The firm's dispute resolution practice operates from all three of the firm's offices and is led from Auckland by Laura O’Gorman, who 'picks up technical and industry-specific matters very quickly'. She acted for Sky Network Television in claims against sellers of pre-loaded Kodi boxes in a case that raises key questions about piracy. David Broadmore is recommended for banking and finance, insolvency and contractual disputes and is 'client-focused and a good communicator who is calm under pressure'. In Wellington, Scott Barker acted for Zespri International in a Serious Fraud Office investigation into invoicing practises in China and Taiwan. Clients note that Sebastian Bisley is 'a great strategist - extremely thorough, with a clear understanding of what is at the heart of each issue'. Senior associate Oliver Gascoigne 'has a consistently calm approach and an excellent ability to get to the heart of an issue'. In Christchurch, senior litigator Willie Palmer and partner Kelly Paterson are recommended. Graeme Hall retired.

Leading individuals

Laura O'Gorman - Buddle Findlay

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay is 'excellent - the advice is always prompt and practical'. One client notes that 'this is my go-to firm in New Zealand'. The firm not only handles the IP aspects of large M&A transactions, but also receives a flow of work for blue-chip clients on brand protection and trade mark matters, and its key names include patent attorney, barrister and practice head John Glengarry and newly promoted special counsel Hamish Selby, who are both based in Auckland. Glengarry counts Alibaba Group and British American Tobacco among his clients. Selby conducted pre-filing trade mark searches for Colgate-Palmolive, and frequently advises the client on search, prosecution and registration matters. Philip Wood has more than 20 years' experience in the IP field and frequently provides strategic advice on copyright for clients in the IT, film, television and music industries. In Christchurch, litigator Kelly Paterson's broad practice includes IP disputes. Consultant Andrew Matangi joined Simmonds Stewart. Graeme Hall retired.

Leading individuals

John Glengarry - Buddle Findlay

Next generation lawyers

Hamish Selby - Buddle Findlay

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay¬†is 'smart and pragmatic, with a deep understanding of the issues, and is very pleasant to deal with at all levels'. One client calls it 'first class in all respects and excellent value for money; the advice is strategic as well as tactical'. The firm predominantly acts for large corporate employers in complex employment, industrial relations, and health and safety matters.¬†Peter Chemis¬†leads the national practice from Wellington and is ‚Äėpractical, commercial‚Äô and 'clearly has deep knowledge'. He advised Hawke's Bay District Health Board on health and safety matters following a¬†gastroenteritis outbreak. The 'calm, smart and business-savvy'¬†Hamish Kynaston,¬†who leads the¬†Wellington litigation practice, advised New Zealand Post on changes to working patterns following a change to its business model. In Auckland, Sherridan Cook¬†is 'astute and presents in a calm, reasoned manner, which is extremely effective when dealing with emotional issues'. Star senior associate Mere King¬†is 'knowledgeable, efficient, smart and great to deal with'.¬†Christchurch-based¬†Susan Rowe¬†handled a strike action on behalf of Hurunui District Council.

Leading individuals

Hamish Kynaston - Buddle Findlay

Peter Chemis - Buddle Findlay

Sherridan Cook - Buddle Findlay

Next generation lawyers

Mere King - Buddle Findlay

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

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay¬†is 'one of the top-tier performers in this area', according to one client. The firm brings together expertise in finance, construction, property, resource management, regulatory matters, taxation and corporate law in its advice to clients such as the Electricity Authority, Contact Energy and Auckland Council.¬†In Auckland, resource management expert Patrick Mulligan¬†is co-head of the resource management and environmental law practice and has more than 20 years' experience in litigation.¬†Jennifer Caldwell¬†has extensive experience as a specialist litigator in the Environment Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, and advises¬†Western Bay of Plenty District Council on planning matters. She worked with Mulligan to obtain consents for the East West Link project, acting on behalf of New Zealand Transport Agency. Auckland-based projects partner Peter Owles¬†recently advised Ormat Technologies as a contractor on a new geothermal generation facility at Ngawha.¬†In Wellington, environment and MńĀori law practice head Paul Beverley¬†and key partner David Allen¬†are recommended, as is¬†Alanya Limmer¬†in Christchurch.¬†Senior associate Frances Wedde¬†is a rising star.

Leading individuals

Paul Beverley - Buddle Findlay

Peter Owles - Buddle Findlay

Next generation lawyers

Frances Wedde - Buddle Findlay

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Buddle Findlay

The property and construction team at Buddle Findlay is led by commercial property and finance partner Daniel Kelleher in Auckland and construction partner Charlotte Von Dadelszen in Wellington. The firm frequently handles high-profile projects for local authorities, including urban regeneration projects in Auckland, and has specialist expertise in Treaty Waitangi settlements. It is also strong in property finance, including in relation to innovative social housing projects, and has a growing presence in the market for infrastructure developments such as irrigation projects, telecoms projects and PPPs. Von Dadelszen focuses on leasing, construction and land-related property advice. Kelleher has more than 20 years' experience in real estate matters and acted for Panuku Development Auckland in the Transform Manukau project. He also worked with corporate partner Grant Dunn to assist Adamantem Capital with the property aspects of its acquisition of retirement village operator Heritage Lifecare. Dominic Lundon retired.

Leading individuals

Daniel Kelleher - Buddle Findlay

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay has a ten-partner team across three offices which blends insolvency expertise and litigation experience to create one of the deepest practices in New Zealand. It counts Bank of New Zealand, ANZ Bank, ICBC, KordaMentha, PwC, McGrathNicol, Deloitte and Grant Thornton among its key clients. For administrator and liquidator KordaMentha, the practice handled the NZ$550m administration and subsequent liquidation of companies in the Solid Energy Group. David Perry and Scott Abel in Auckland led that deal, with support from experienced litigator Laura O’Gorman. Litigator David Broadmore and special counsel Myles O’Brien are also recommended. In Wellington, Scott Barker is a key practitioner and peers also speak highly of Sebastian Bisley, who acted for a group of creditors, including Callaghan Innovation, in an application to set aside a creditors' compromise obtained by Trends Publishing, which resulted in a favourable decision in the High Court. In Christchurch, newly promoted partner Kelly Paterson specialises in commercial litigation, with a focus on insolvency.

Leading individuals

David Perry - Buddle Findlay

Scott Abel - Buddle Findlay

Scott Barker - Buddle Findlay

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Buddle Findlay

'Standout firm' Buddle Findlay 'goes the extra mile to ensure knowledge of clients' business and tailored advice'. In Auckland, Philip Wood leads the practice, bringing 25 years' experience in corporate, commercial and TMT matters to bear. His expertise covers film and television projects, including format development and licensing, all aspects of ICT law, satellite transponder leases, and the establishment technology and IP-based businesses. Wood and Allan Yeoman, who is also recommended for complex ICT matters, and senior associate Keri Johansson handled the procurement of an IVP solution for Sky Network Television. In Wellington, IT and outsourcing contract specialist Amy Ryburn is the key partner and is known for her 'competence, empathy and ethics'. Among her many recent highlights was her work for New Zealand Transport Agency on all of its major ICT matters, which included an mobility-as-a-service project and the establishment of a panel of software development suppliers. Senior associate Damien Steel-Baker and special counsel Renee Stiles are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Allan Yeoman - Buddle Findlay

Amy Ryburn - Buddle Findlay

Philip Wood - Buddle Findlay

Next generation lawyers

Damien Steel-Baker - Buddle Findlay

Keri Johansson - Buddle Findlay

Renee Stiles - Buddle Findlay

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay in Auckland frequently works with banks and domestic and international corporations on the full range of tax matters, including disputes and advisory work. It frequently advises on specific banking products and other innovative tax issues. It recently acted for US company Newell Brands in its NZ$600m purchase of Sistema Plastics, and handled Vodafone's acquisition of a majority stake in satellite services company Baycity Communications. The practice is led by litigator Neil Russ and lead tax adviser Tony Wilkinson. One client describes Wilkinson as 'by far the most knowledgeable tax provisioner we have ever engaged in New Zealand; we have used all of the big four advisers but they don’t have the depth of knowledge or the practical approach that he deploys'. Senior associate Brett Rawlings has extensive experience in tax aspects of high-profile, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions.

Leading individuals

Neil Russ - Buddle Findlay

Tony Wilkinson - Buddle Findlay

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Transport (rail, road, air and sea)
Transport (rail, road, air and sea) - ranked: tier 2

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay's transport practice is built on the firm's strength in projects, resource management and environmental law. It is one of three firm's on the panel of the New Zealand Transport Agency, for which it handled the East West Link Project to connect the Onehunga-Penrose industrial hub with the state highway network. Auckland-based resource management partners¬†Patrick Mulligan¬†and Jennifer Caldwell, along with special counsel Vanessa Evitt¬†and senior associate Matthew Gribben, handled that matter. Paul Beverley¬†, who leads the environment and¬†MńĀori law team in Wellington, and partners¬†David Allen¬†and David Randal¬†worked on significant projects to improve road infrastructure between the¬†Taranaki and the Waikato regions, which raised important issues around the use of conservation land. The firm also counts Auckland Council, CentrePort and¬†Greater Wellington Regional Council among its clients.

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