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Buddle Findlay

PWC TOWER, 188 QUAY STREET, AUCKLAND 1010, NEW ZEALAND
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Work +64 9 358 2555
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Fax +64 9 358 2055
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New Zealand

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay has ‘one of the leading banking and finance teams in New Zealand’ and is known for ‘prompt, practical and tailored advice from a team with specialists in many sectors and industries’. In Auckland, team head Paul Farrugia is ‘a “go-to” lawyer for property and leveraged finance transactions’ and Peter Owles is ‘a recognised industry leader in project finance, who makes complicated legal issues easy to understand’. The ‘prompt, practical and technically excellentMiriam Andrews, aviation team head Frank Porter and, in Wellington, payments specialist Simon Jensen are recommended. Owles advised a syndicate of lenders on the financing of new wind farm operator Tilt Renewables, which was formed as part of the demerger of Trustpower. Farrugia’s highlights included assisting Bank of New Zealand with acquisition financing for the proposed management buyout of assets from Tenon Limited, which included complex derivatives documentation.

Leading individuals

Paul Farrugia - Buddle Findlay

Peter Owles - Buddle Findlay

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Competition law
Competition law - ranked: tier 2

Buddle Findlay

At Buddle Findlay, ‘the service is very good, response times are excellent and the level of knowledge is extensive’. Susie Kilty, who is ‘reliable and knowledgeable and can put legal advice into comprehensible language’, and Tony Dellow, who has in-house experience at the Ministry of Commerce, lead the team from Wellington. In Auckland, litigators Graeme Hall and Laura O’Gorman play key roles in the practice. The team advised Sky Network Television on its clearance application for its proposed NZ$3.44bn merger with Vodafone New Zealand. It also acted for Z Energy in its NZ$85m bid to acquire Chevron New Zealand, which would create the country’s largest fuel retailer. Another highlight saw Dellow advise Unique Reality in a Commerce Commission cartel investigation into price fixing and anti-competitive behaviour by real estate agencies in Hamilton and the Manawatu District.

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

At Buddle Findlay, ‘solutions are always focused and cost-effective and achieve the client’s outcomes’. ‘There is little they haven’t seen and a lot in their toolkit’, says one client. Auckland-based team head Simon Vodanovich is ‘a great asset, bringing a strong mix of commercial nous and legal discipline’. He advised Chevron South Asia on the NZ$785m sale of shares to Z Energy. Grant Dunn is ‘a top-rate thought partner’ and advised Caltex Australia on the NZ$340m acquisition of Gull’s service station and fuel terminal assets. David Thomson, Nick Bragg and, in Wellington, ‘valued adviserSteve Nightingale are recommended. The firm acted for Sky Network Television in its proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand, which included drafting and negotiating the sale and purchase agreement as well as several key services agreements. Another highlight saw it advise NYSE-listed Newell Brands on the NZ$660m acquisition of Sistema Plastics.

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 ‘one of the best around’, according to one client, who remarks that ‘the lawyers listen to their clients’. Graeme Hall in Auckland leads the litigation team, which also includes ‘top-quality litigatorLaura O’Gorman and Wellington-based Sebastian Bisley, who is ‘pleasant to deal with and very approachable’. Willie Palmer in Christchurch is also recommended. The team successfully defended administrators of Solid Energy in a dispute brought by trading house Cargill that raised important issues about provisions in the Companies Act concerning unfair prejudice, excluding and limiting liability, and related party voting. Another highlight saw the firm advise Infratil Infrastructure Property Limited on the successful defence of a claim brought by landowner Viaduct Harbour Holdings. The firm counts Bank of New Zealand, Auckland Council, ANZ Bank, PwC and Zespri Group among its clients.

Leading individuals

Graeme Hall - Buddle Findlay

Laura O’Gorman - Buddle Findlay

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay has a team of experienced IP specialist led by patent attorney John Glengarry from Auckland. The team is known for ‘great client care and pragmatic approach to problem solving’ in transactional matters, portfolio management, IP strategy and enforcement. Glengarry advised World Master Games 2017 Limited on the successful defence of a trade mark opposition brought by MasterCard International Incorporated that enabled the client to register its trade mark. He also acted for an international hotel company in a domain name dispute, in which he successfully obtained the transfer of two key .nz domain names from a cybersquatter. Also recommended are highly experienced consultant Andrew Matangi, who conducted trade mark searches for Colgate-Palmolive; litigator Graeme Hall, who defended Vend Limited in trade mark registration invalidity proceedings in Australia and the US; and rising star senior associate Hamish Selby.

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

At Buddle Findlay, the ‘high-calibre team’ is ‘responsive, focused, practical, knowledgeable and good value for money; it has a great understanding of the law and its practical application’. In Wellington, Peter Chemis is ‘a fabulous lawyer and businessperson, highly intelligent and perceptive, solutions-focused and practical’, and Hamish Kynaston is ‘highly intelligent and hardworking; he has integrity and gets to the heart of issues quickly’. In Auckland, clients recommend the ‘experienced, knowledgeable, approachable and trusted partnerSherridan Cook, and Susan Rowe in a key name in Christchurch. The firm regularly assists technology institute Unitec with collective bargaining, employment litigation and advisory matters, which recently included a bargaining strategy for new collective agreements and representing the client in an Employment Relations Authority proceeding in which an employee claimed unfair dismissal and unjustified disadvantage. Chemis recently advised KiwiRail on matters arising from the temporary presence of foreign workers onsite for repair work.

Leading individuals

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 provides a ‘superior service by a long way’, according to one client. In Auckland, projects partner Peter Owles and resource management expert Patrick Mulligan are highly recommended, as is environment and Maori law team head Paul Beverley in Wellington. Alanya Limmer, whose experience includes a stint as senior counsel for environment and resources at Solid Energy, is ‘an exceptional lawyer, commercial and pragmatic, with an eye on the bigger picture’. Mulligan advised New Zealand Transport Agency on the NZ$1.25bn East West Link project, which will connect the Onehunga-Penrose industrial hub with the state highway network. For the same client, the team also handled the NZ$250m Petone to Grenada Link Road proposal, which would create significant new road infrastructure around Wellington, and the Otaki to north of Levin project that would form the northernmost part of the Wellington Northern Corridor road of national significance. The Electricity Authority and Auckland Council are also clients of the firm.

Leading individuals

Paul Beverley - Buddle Findlay

Peter Owles - Buddle Findlay

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

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay is ‘responsive and provides good value for money’. The property and construction team is led by three partners: projects specialist Dominic Lundon and commercial property and finance partner Daniel Kelleher in Auckland and construction partner Charlotte Von Dadelszen in Wellington. Kelleher recently advised SCA Property on the sale of its entire New Zealand shopping centre portfolio for NZ$274m, which involved a complex two-part structure to optimise the vendor’s Australian tax position. He also acted for Auckland Council and Panuku Development Auckland in the CAB project, which involves a NZ$250m development in the city’s entertainment precinct. Lundon’s highlights included advising Goodman Group on the NZ$40m sale of the Connect Business Estate office development. Von Dadelszen acted for Government Property Group in a NZ$100m deal for a new primary head office for the Ministry for Primary Industries in Wellington.

Leading individuals

Daniel Kelleher - Buddle Findlay

Dominic Lundon - Buddle Findlay

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Buddle Findlay

David Perry in Auckland leads the team at Buddle Findlay, which also includes the ‘very smart, quick and diligentScott Abel, ‘top-quality litigatorLaura O’Gorman and, in Wellington, Scott Barker, who is ‘a very good insolvency litigation lawyer who provides practical advice’. Newly promoted partner David Broadmore and special counsel Myles O’Brien also play key roles in the team. Perry and Abel acted for KordaMentha in the NZ$550m administration of Solid Energy. The firm acted for an ad hoc group of creditors as plaintiffs in Advicewise People Ltd & Others v Trends Publishing International Ltd, in which it successfully persuaded the High Court to set aside a compromise agreement. Bank of New Zealand, McGrathNicol, Grant Thornton and PwC are also among the firm’s clients.

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

The team at Buddle Findlay is ‘very knowledgeable about entertainment and IT law’. Philip Wood, who leads the team from Auckland, ‘has excellent knowledge of the industry and is an expert in his field who is good at working out solutions’. Allan Yeoman is ‘a respected specialist with good commercial acumen who provides practical solutions’. Together they acted for Sky Network Television in its proposed NZ$3.44bn merger with Vodafone New Zealand, which included advice on shared technology resources and vendor relationships. Yeoman also advised SAP reseller and implementation company Soltius Limited on a systems upgrade for a major gas and electricity company. IT and outsourcing contract specialist Amy Ryburn, who leads the Wellington ICT team, advised New Zealand Post on technology procurement agreements with Siemens for new mail sorting machinery and associated control software.

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

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Buddle Findlay

Buddle Findlay works closely with banks and domestic and international corporations on tax matters and regularly advises on innovative tax structures and high-value contentious matters. Neil Russ in Auckland leads the team and is ‘extremely knowledgeable and patient with clients’. Tony Wilkinson is the lead tax adviser to the firm’s biggest corporate clients and acted for Sky Network Television in its NZ$3.4bn merger bid for Vodafone New Zealand. He also advised Chevron South Asia Holdings on tax aspects of the NZ$785m sale of shares to Z Energy. The firm also counts Newell Brands and Smartshares Limited among its clients.

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 advises many transport sector clients on corporate and regulatory matters and projects, and it is one of the key providers of legal services to the New Zealand Transport Agency, particularly in regard to state highway and cycleway developments. The team also advises transport infrastructure providers such as Palmerston North Airport and Snapper Services, for which recent matters included work on the provision of ticketing-as-a-service to public transport agencies both domestically and internationally. The key partners are head of environment and Maori law Paul Beverley in Wellington and, in Auckland, head of projects Peter Owles and head of resource management Patrick Mulligan. Mulligan advised NZTA on the East West Link project connecting the Onehunga-Penrose industrial hub to the state highway network, which is part of a NZ$1.25bn project to relieve congestion and stimulate economic growth in the region.

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