The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Chapman Tripp

23 ALBERT STREET, PO BOX 2206, AUCKLAND 1140, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 9 357 9000
Fax:
Fax +64 9 357 9099
DX:
DX 89 AUCKLAND
Email:
Web:
www.chapmantripp.com

New Zealand

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp has 'an excellent national finance practice and ensures first-class advice'. The firm counts local and international banks among its clients and acts for some of New Zealand’s largest corporates in complex financing transactions. Cathryn Barber in Auckland leads the eight-partner practice and is 'highly efficient and accessible on general banking matters'. She advised Precinct Properties on its issuance of NZ$150m in convertible notes. Ross Pennington, who advised ANZ Bank on the NZ$125m issuance of Kauri green bonds by IFC, is also recommended. Senior associate Gerard Souness is 'one of the best - clearly operating at partner level'. Senior associate Luke Ford is 'a gifted lawyer - one to watch'. In Wellington, the firm has experienced partners in Mark Reese, who is 'an all-round excellent lawyer with a calm, reasoned approach' and has more than 30 years' experience, and the 'very thorough and responsive' Emma Sutcliffe. Reese advised oil and gas company Beach Energy on local aspects of its senior secured corporate refinancing and acquisition financing in connection with its AUD1.585bn acquisition of Lattice Energy. Sutcliffe acted for Summerset Group Holdings in its first regulated debt offering, which raised NZ$100m.

Leading individuals

Cathryn Barber - Chapman Tripp

Mark Reese - Chapman Tripp

Ross Pennington - Chapman Tripp

Next Generation Partners

Gerard Souness - Chapman Tripp

Luke Ford - Chapman Tripp

[back to top]

Competition law
Competition law - ranked: tier 1

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp¬†'rates very highly - it can be relied upon to deliver¬†legal advice based on very sound business and industry knowledge'. One client remarks that the advice is 'clear, succinct and business-focused'.¬†The firm advises on merger approvals, abuse of market power, cartel activity and compliance audits. Recently it¬†advised Essilor International and Luxottica Group on the local competition law aspects of their ‚ā¨48bn global merger. Matt Sumpter¬†in Auckland and¬†Neil Anderson¬†in Wellington¬†lead the practice. Clients describe Anderson as 'a great lateral thinker who considers problems from a number of angles'. 'Competition law savant' Sumpter is 'clever, knowledgeable, pragmatic, and has good litigation instincts'.¬†Also recommended in Wellington are consultant Grant David,¬†senior¬†associate Simon Peart¬†(who is 'very smart and provides insightful advice') and newly promoted partner Lucy Cooper.¬†Auckland-based senior associate Colin Fife¬†is a rising star.

Leading individuals

Grant David - Chapman Tripp

Matt Sumpter - Chapman Tripp

Neil Anderson - Chapman Tripp

Next Generation Partners

Colin Fife - Chapman Tripp

Lucy Cooper - Chapman Tripp

[back to top]

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

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp has one of the country's largest corporate and commercial practices and, in 2017, it handled the largest volume of work of any firm. It acts for all of the major New Zealand private equity firms, both of the country's sovereign wealth funds (Guardians of NZ Superannuation Fund and Accident Compensation Corporation), and more than 30 of the top 50 NZX-listed companies. Among its clients are Vector, Z Energy, Royal Dutch Shell and Zurich Insurance Group. The practice is led from Auckland by Tim Tubman, whose  recent highlights include acting for New Zealand Superannuation Fund on the purchase of a 41% stake in Fidelity Life Assurance. Pip England, who stands out for M&A and property syndication matters, also led that transaction. Roger Wallis advised Trilogy on its NZ$205m sale of shares to CITIC Capital Partners. John Strowger acted for Pencarrow Private Equity in the sale of clothing manufacturer Icebreaker. Also recommended are ECM expert Rachel Dunne and Joshua Pringle. Josh Blackmore is the key partner in Wellington and he counts Beach Energy among his clients.

Leading individuals

John Strowger - Chapman Tripp

Roger Wallis - Chapman Tripp

Tim Tubman - Chapman Tripp

Next Generation Partners

Joshua Pringle - Chapman Tripp

[back to top]

Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp advises on some of the most significant commercial disputes in the country and is experienced in matters before the High Court and the Supreme Court, as well as in complex, multi-jurisdictional proceedings. Clients are 'very impressed with the level of service - the team is well resourced and well structured to handle large-scale litigation and the advice is clear and considered'. In Auckland, Justin Graham leads the practice and clients describe him and 'extremely gifted litigator' Matt Sumpter, who handles IP, competition law and civil litigation, as 'impressive and strong on strategy with great attention to detail'. Key partner John McKay specialises in commercial litigation with a focus on construction, insurance and media law. He defended BlueScope Steel in a claim arising from an unsuccessful attempt by New Zealand Steel Industries to purchase the Taharoa Ironsands business. Senior litigator Bruce Scott handles commercial and public law litigation, both in the High Court and in private arbitrations. In Wellington, Daniel Kalderimis handles large commercial disputes and leads the firm's international law practice, which focuses on the Asia-Pacific region.

Leading individuals

Daniel Kalderimis - Chapman Tripp

John McKay - Chapman Tripp

[back to top]

Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp acts for numerous large New Zealand and international insurers, including AMP and Tower, as well as a global multiline insurer. Its work focuses predominantly on difficult claims and complex commercial and regulatory matters for both insurers and corporates. This includes policy drafting, securities law issues, new product development and captive insurance arrangements. It is the primary legal adviser to statutory disaster insurer the Earthquake Commission (EQC). John Knight in Auckland and Garth Gallaway in Christchurch lead the practice. Commercial litigator Knight focuses mainly on insurance disputes, which recently has included his representation of AMP in a complex claim brought by a bankrupt claimant. He also leads the engagement with EQC on all aspects of its statutory natural disaster insurance obligations and earthquake-related insurance claims. Bruce Scott in Wellington also advises EQC and worked with Knight on the development of policies to settle novel and complex claims.

Leading individuals

Garth Gallaway - Chapman Tripp

John Knight - Chapman Tripp

[back to top]

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp is 'highly responsive, knowledgeable and focused on practical solutions rather than theoretical frolics', according to one client. 'We are very impressed with the level of service; the team is well structured to handle large-scale litigation, and the advice is clear and considered', remarked another. Practice head Matt Sumpter and litigator Justin Graham are 'impressive and work well together'. Sumpter is 'strong on strategy' and advised Motion Picture Association of America on its copyright litigation against Kim Dotcom. Graham exhibits 'great attention to detail'. Corporate partner Kelly McFadzien, who is 'a delight to work with', focuses largely on IP matters in the TMT sector and advised Dissero Brands on the sale of its RACHAEL HALE brand portfolio, copyright images and global merchandising and licensing arrangements to Jewel Branding. Senior solicitor Thomas Cleary, who joined from Shortland Chambers, is praised as 'clearly bright, responsive and easy to deal with'. He worked with Sumpter and Graham as counsel to Warner Bros and Univeral Music in a royalty dispute concerning streaming revenue for an Ed Sheeran song.

Leading individuals

Justin Graham - Chapman Tripp

Matt Sumpter - Chapman Tripp

[back to top]

Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp has 'exceptional industry knowledge and its advice is always tailored to our needs', according to one client. It has a 13-lawyer practice that counts ANZ Bank, Bank of New Zealand, Bank of China and Britannia Financial Services among its clients. In Auckland, Tim Williams has led the practice for more than 20 years and is also head of financial services regulation. He assisted managed investment scheme manager Conrad Funds Management with the establishment of the Conrad Investment Scheme and its Mortgage and Premium Cash Funds. Partner Penny Sheerin, who helps to lead the funds and financial services regulation practices and specialises in funds management and securities law, is 'brilliant at adapting to what the client wants'. Senior associates Emma Dale, who regularly advises managers of retail superannuation and KiwiSaver schemes, and Phoebe Gibbons, who specialises in regulatory matters, are rising stars. In Wellington, key partner Mike Woodbury focuses predominantly on retirement schemes and related financial services regulation, frequently acting for trustees and managers of workplace savings, superannuation and KiwiSaver schemes.

Leading individuals

Mike Woodbury - Chapman Tripp

Tim Williams - Chapman Tripp

Next Generation Partners

Emma Dale - Chapman Tripp

Phoebe Gibbons - Chapman Tripp

[back to top]

Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp's employment practice spans all of its three offices but is led from Auckland by Marie Wisker, whom clients describe as 'incredibly knowledgeable in all matters pertaining to human resources,' noting that 'she always responds with a comprehensive opinion and guidance'. She handles a wide variety of commercial disputes, specialising in employment law and health and safety, mainly for large employers. Her work includes restraints of trade, Holiday Act claims, disciplinary processes, work place stress, restructuring, redundancy and grievances. Garth Gallaway in Christchurch specialises in insurance and health and safety-related civil litigation, acting for employers in investigations and prosecutions, both on direct instructions and through insurers. Investment funds partner Mike Woodbury in Wellington focuses on superannuation and workplace savings schemes.

Next Generation Partners

Marie Wisker - Chapman Tripp

[back to top]

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

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp delivers 'service of a high standard and has extensive industry knowledge and experience, which is invaluable'. The firm handles high-profile projects for clients including New Zealand Transport Agency, Mercury Energy, Shell, Powerco, Z Energy and Queenstown Airport Corporation. The practice is led by three partners - head of the Auckland environment team Paula Brosnahan, energy and natural resources specialist Catherine Somerville-Frost and head of construction Brian Clayton - who are all based in Auckland. Clayton assisted Solomon Islands Electricity Authority, Solomon Islands Government and International Finance Corporation with the Tina River Hydropower project, which involves the development of a new 15MW hydro power plant with the capacity to upgrade to 20MW. Christchurch-based litigator Jo Appleyard has more than 25 years’ experience in providing strategic advice on environmental and resource management issues. She acted for Lyttelton Port Company in three large consenting projects in the South Island, including the channel deepening in Lyttelton Harbour. Wellington-based Josh Blackmore, who is co-head of the energy and natural resources practice, is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Brian Clayton - Chapman Tripp

Jo Appleyard - Chapman Tripp

Paula Brosnahan - Chapman Tripp

[back to top]

Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp provides 'great service and knowledge - the advice is relevant and on time', according to one client. Another describes it as 'a "go-to" firm for any complex property matter'. Construction expert Brian Clayton and real estate specialist Matthew Carroll in Auckland lead the practice, which counts Foodstuffs North Island, Fletcher Residential and Todd Property Group among its clients. Mark Nicholson handles development, acquisitions, disposals, syndications, leasing and infrastructure matters. He advised Blackstone Group on the NZ$635m purchase of Goodman/GIC’s Viaduct Portfolio. Bill Sandston advises corporate and high-net-worth investors on the acquisition and management of their New Zealand property portfolios. Litigator John McKay is recommended for construction disputes. Newly promoted partner Hamish Bolland is a rising star. Greg Wise in Wellington has extensive experience in infrastructure, utilities and property matters, and counts the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment among his clients. He has 'fantastic industry knowledge and his advice is practical and tailored to the situation'.

Leading individuals

Mark Nicholson - Chapman Tripp

Matthew Carroll - Chapman Tripp

Next Generation Partners

Hamish Bolland - Chapman Tripp

[back to top]

Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Chapman Tripp

Leading individuals

Michael Arthur - Chapman Tripp

Michael Harper - Chapman Tripp

[back to top]

TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp has a multidisciplinary team that handles some of New Zealand’s largest and most significant ICT projects. In 2017, the firm launched its Zeren technology and innovation business to deliver legal documentation and advice through the cloud. Bruce McClintock leads the firm's national technology, media and telecoms practice from Auckland and focuses on projects and regulation for technology, media and communications, internet business, and infrastructure clients. Corporate, IP and IT partner Kelly McFadzien specialises in commercial contracts, transactions and projects involving technology, infrastructure and outsourcing, intellectual property and long-term services and procurement arrangements. She assisted ANZ with a strategic alliance with Cigna to provide insurance solutions, IT transition services and technology arrangements following the NZ$700m sale of OnePathLife NZ. Newly promoted partner Tim Sherman in Wellington is central to the practice and advised Kiwibank on a new automated solution for the quality and compliance of its lending variation disclosure documentation using Zeren's document and workflow solution.

Leading individuals

Bruce McClintock - Chapman Tripp

Kelly McFadzien - Chapman Tripp

Next Generation Partners

Tim Sherman - Chapman Tripp

[back to top]

Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp is 'excellent, very responsive; it has excellent industry knowledge and is good value for money'. The firm handles large corporate transactions requiring taxation law, including M&A deals, securitisations, restructurings, cross-border capital repatriation and dividend issues, as well as tax disputes with Inland Revenue. It acted for Royal Dutch Shell on numerous matters in 2017, including the sales of the Kapuni onshore oil and gas field to Todd Energy and the Great South Basin venture to OMV. Wellington-based David Patterson and senior associate Vivian Cheng were the key lawyers in those matters. The practice is led from Auckland by Bevan Miles, who 'has good commercial acumen and great industry knowledge, and is a good communicator'. He advised several leading financial institutions on the implementation of Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters. Graeme Olding and senior associate Jai Nario are also recommended.

Leading individuals

David Patterson - Chapman Tripp

Graeme Olding - Chapman Tripp

Next Generation Partners

Jai Nario - Chapman Tripp

Vivian Cheng - Chapman Tripp

[back to top]

Transport (rail, road, air and sea)
Transport (rail, road, air and sea) - ranked: tier 1

Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp in Auckland advises on the funding, procurement and establishment of road, rail, sea and air transport infrastructure for government agencies (including New Zealand Transport Agency), airports (including Auckland International Airport and Christchurch International Airport), port companies and shipping operators. The practice brings together expertise in a range of disciplines thanks largely to environment and resource management partners Jo Appleyard and Paula Brosnahan, and Wellington-based shipping practice leader John Knight. Appleyard recently acted for Lyttelton Port Company in three large consenting projects in the South Island, which involve activities in the coastal marine area and raise complex environmental and cultural issues. For Queenstown Airport, Catherine Somerville-Frost helped to obtain statutory approvals and compulsory acquisition orders for a new taxiway. Through Knight, the firm is also a legal correspondent for a numerous P&I clubs in cargo disputes, maritime prosecutions, oil spills and wreck removal.

Leading individuals

John Knight - Chapman Tripp

[back to top]


Legal Developments in New Zealand

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to