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Anthony Harper

LEVEL 6, CHORUS HOUSE, 66 WYNDHAM STREET, AUCKLAND 1140, NEW ZEALAND
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Auckland, Christchurch

New Zealand

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper has improved its standing among the key financial institutions in New Zealand and now sits on the panels of six of the country's largest banks. ASB Bank, Bank of New Zealand and Westpac are among its key clients. It also acts for commercial finance companies such as Dealer Finance and Gold Band Finance, as well as corporates such as Hilton Haulage and Scales Corporation. The practice is led from Christchurch by Nigel Oliver, who is 'one of the best banking and finance lawyers I have ever dealt with', according to one respondent, and  'as a client you always feel you are in extremely good hands'. Senior associate Pip Breitmeyer is 'very client-focused and strives to ensure risks are covered, but always with the knowledge of commercial reality'. Insolvency partner Crispin Vinnell also plays a role in the practice. Key Auckland partner Grant Goldsmith recently acted for a bank in the NZ$100m refinancing of a large NZX-listed healthcare group, and advised Bank of China as lender to a large property holding group. The hire of Nick Summerfield from Kensington Swan added expertise in debt capital markets and financial services regulation.

Leading individuals

Grant Goldsmith - Anthony Harper

Nigel Oliver - Anthony Harper

Next generation lawyers

Pip Breitmeyer - Anthony Harper

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Anthony Harper

'The service has always been, and remains, outstanding', remarks a client of Anthony Harper, which has a large corporate and commercial team in both Auckland and Christchurch. 'The advice is astute and balanced, and its knowledge of our business and industry sector is second to none', says another client. The firm's recent work includes significant transactions for leading agricultural goods manufacturer and supplier Donaghys, listed agri-business company Scales Corporation, Canadian venture-capital group Volaris, and the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. The practice is led by Chris Dann in the Christchurch office. 'His ability to interpret our requirements and wishes into a succinct legal document is extraordinary', says a client of 'practical, commercial, best-in-business' partner David Gould, who led Donaghy's sale of its crop packaging business. Newly promoted partner Megan Compton also played a key role in that transaction. In Auckland, Geoff Hosking, who acted for Volaris, and managing partner Malcolm Hurley are the standout practitioners.

Leading individuals

David Gould - Anthony Harper

Next generation lawyers

Megan Compton - Anthony Harper

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper provides 'a good level of service with lots of industry knowledge and good value for money'. One client remarks upon the 'excellent level of knowledge and experience' in the practice, which is led from Auckland by Dan Hughes, who focuses mainly on construction and insolvency litigation. The 'very responsive and helpful' firm has particular expertise in commercial, insurance, IP, insolvency, public law and construction litigation. Hughes recently acted for Meltzer Mason in a case involving large anomalies in the trust accounts of franchisee companies. Key partner Katherine Anderson advised Auckland Council on a Judicial review of its decision to change the use of Chamberlain Park Golf Course. Karen Kemp, who counts Home Owners and Buyers Association New Zealand among her clients, is 'a strong lawyer with a commercial focus'. In Christchurch, the 'prompt, confident and capable' Peter Woods, the 'thoughtful and strategic' Richard Smedley and star senior associate Lisa Taylor are recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Lisa Taylor - Anthony Harper

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper in Auckland climbs the ranking having invested in its IP practice with the hire of heavyweight litigator and IP strategy partner Mark Gavin, who joined from Hudson Gavin Martin. He brings more than 30 years' experience to the practice, which handles the full range of IP transactions, commercialisation, trade marks, disputes and enforcement, data protection and privacy matters. 'The service has continued to be first class', says one client, who describes Gavin as 'very smart, a really top litigator who is very commercial, timely and provides excellent advice'. Practice head Michael Moyes is 'technically very astute and commercially very savvy' and senior associate Jullion Nelson Parker is 'commercially aware and client-focused'. Moyes advised Canadian technology provider Nureva on the expansion of its core brands into New Zealand, and advised Ripponvale Limited on negotiations with Rippon Limited to enable it to continue trading under its core brand. Mercedes-Benz, Burger Fuel and EziBuy are also among the firm's clients.

Leading individuals

Mark Gavin - Anthony Harper

Michael Moyes - Anthony Harper

Next generation lawyers

Jullion Nelson Parker - Anthony Harper

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper is 'an excellent firm to deal with', providing 'solid, informative commercial advice that can be understood', according to one client. Former practice head Jennifer Mills left to start her own firm, but her role has been taken by Jackie Behrnes in Christchurch, who provides 'excellent, timely advice'. Clients describe her as 'clever, pragmatic and cost-effective'. She frequently advises boards on senior executive employment issues, disciplinary processes, Holidays Act issues, internal investigations, restructurings and contractual matters. Special counsel Luisa Nickles, who joined from Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Australia, and senior associate Gwen Drewitt in Christchurch, who joined from Lane Neave, also garner praise from clients. The practice counts Ports of Auckland and Hobsonville Land Company among its key clients, and it frequently partners with US-headquartered international law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP as local counsel.

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

Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper is 'excellent - timely and efficient, with a high level of industry knowledge and a practical and common-sense approach'. Those qualities are embodied by Tim Barclay in Christchurch who leads the property practice. The firm has one of the country's largest property and construction groups with eight partners handling high-value transactions for corporate clients. Barclay recently advised Maat Group on the NZ$103m acquisition of two commercial properties in Takapuna and Tauranga. In Auckland, Edward Dunphy (who 'provides superb, practical and technical advice, and is very client-focused') and Karen Kemp lead the construction team, which benefits from the litigation expertise of Richard Smedley, Dan Hughes and newly promoted senior associate Jessica Hanning. Dunphy assisted Karaka & Drury Development with the construction of a 9,000-unit development in Auckland, which included an infrastructure funding agreement with local utility Watercare. Alistair Law and senior associate Tim Bunker are also recommended for commercial property matters. Daniel French in Christchurch also garners praise.

Leading individuals

Edward Dunphy - Anthony Harper

Tim Barclay - Anthony Harper

Next generation lawyers

Jessica Hanning - Anthony Harper

Tim Bunker - Anthony Harper

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper 'rates very highly', according to one client, who praises the firm's 'overall knowledge of case law and statute'. The dedicated restructuring and insolvency team works closely with the banking and finance practice to handle refinancing, restructuring, administration, liquidation, litigation and recovery. Among its key clients are ASB Bank, Ashton Wheelans, BDO, Deloitte, KPMG, Kiwibank, Westpac and McGrathNicol. Leading light Crispin Vinnell leads the practice from Christchurch and his recent highlights include acting for EY in the receivership of a large dairy farm in Rural Southland, which included advice on an existing contract for the sale of the property and the relationship with dairy giant Fonterra. Senior associate Chloe Jolliffe is a rising star and played a key role in that matter. One client notes that she is 'quick and prepared to give the client options'. In Auckland, litigation partner Dan Hughes and rising star senior associate Lynne Van are recommended. For PKF Corporate Recovery and Insolvency, they handled the  liquidation of Northern Crest Investments.

Leading individuals

Crispin Vinnell - Anthony Harper

Dan Hughes - Anthony Harper

Next generation lawyers

Chloe Jolliffe - Anthony Harper

Lynne Van - Anthony Harper

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Anthony Harper

From the practice at Anthony Harper, clients receive 'very pragmatic and commercially astute advice - and fast turnaround'. The team is led by IP and TMT partner Michael Moyes, who is noted for 'giving clients confidence and reassurance'. His recent work includes working with senior associate Jullion Nelson Parker for The Sticky Handshake on the start-up of its business in New Zealand and Australia, which is built around a technology platform for small businesses and sole traders to access an online business networking community. They also assisted LifeLot with the development and implementation of its online digital safe, which is an after-life-planning tool and highly secure personal database for personal, digital, medical and legal information. The firm also counts LexisNexis, food company Van den Brink Group, Lyttelton Port Company and payments system provider Wirecard among its clients.

Leading individuals

Michael Moyes - Anthony Harper

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

Anthony Harper

The transport and logistics practice at Anthony Harper sits within the corporate advisory group and is led from Christchurch by Chris Dann, who has significant expertise in all areas of the supply chain including manufacturers, suppliers, ports, carriers and freight forwarders. He frequently handles shipping contracts, the domestic and international carriage of goods, freight-forwarding and logistics matters, and the procurement of vessels. He recently acted for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on its long-term project to meet New Zealand’s International Energy Agency treaty obligations, which included shipping matters arising from the purchase of petroleum reserves. Auckland-based corporate partner Megan Compton and associate Jordan Wright in Christchurch also played key roles in that work. Dann and Wright also handled a series of port services agreements with major international shipping companies on behalf of Lyttelton Port Company.

Leading individuals

Chris Dann - Anthony Harper

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