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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

Matt Sumpter

Tel:
Work +64 9 357 9075
Email:
Chapman Tripp

Work Department

Dispute resolution, intellectual property, competition

Position

Partner

Career

Matt advises on all aspects of intellectual property from protection and commercialisation through to infringement, representing vendors and customers in some of New Zealand’s largest IP disputes.  On the competition side, his practice extends from merger and JV clearance through to cartel and market power litigation. Matt is the author of the prize-winning text book, New Zealand Competition Law and Policy.  The text is regularly cited and relied on by the New Zealand High Court and Court of Appeal.  Matt is a leading voice on policy and law reform and also writes the competition law section of the New Zealand Law Review.  

Member

Matt is a member of the Competition Law and Policy Institute of New Zealand, the International Trade Marks Association and the New Zealand Law Society

Education

BA, LLB (Hons), University of Auckland and LLM (First Class) Gonville and Caius, University of Cambridge, England; Admitted 1999


New Zealand

Competition law

Within: Leading individuals

Matt Sumpter - Chapman Tripp

Within: Competition law

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.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

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.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Matt Sumpter - Chapman Tripp

Within: Intellectual property

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.

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