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Anthony Harper

LEVEL 6, CHORUS HOUSE, 66 WYNDHAM STREET, AUCKLAND 1140, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 9 920 6400
Fax:
Fax +64 9 920 9599
Email:
Web:
www.anthonyharper.co.nz
Auckland, Christchurch

New Zealand

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper is β€˜quick to respond, has good business acumen and is highly commercial’. Christchurch-based team head Nigel Oliver β€˜has clear and insightful knowledge and pre-empts issues before they arise’. Clients also recommend Auckland-based partner Grant Goldsmith, who is β€˜hardworking and commercial by nature’, and associate Pip Breitmeyer in Christchurch, who β€˜does a lot of heavy lifting and makescomplex legal issues easy to understand’. The team advised the statutory supervisor of Summerset Holdings on restructuring NZ$600m in syndicated facilities. Another highlight saw Goldsmith act for ASB Bank in the NZ$220m financing of the purchase of the Millennium Centre, which is one of the largest office building acquisitions in the country’s history. Oliver’s key transactions included the NZ$67m refinancing of client Hilton Haulage Limited following the company’s restructuring after a significant investment by Ngai Tahu.

Leading individuals

Grant Goldsmith - 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

Clients are β€˜very happy with the service’ from Anthony Harper, which is headquartered in Christchurch. David Gould leads the team, in which β€˜quiet achiever’ Chris Dann and senior associate Megan Compton (who is β€˜very knowledgeable and has a good manner’) are praised by clients. The Auckland team, including managing partner Malcolm Hurley and the β€˜pragmatic and helpful’ Geoff Hosking, is also recommended. Hurley advised Hilton Haulage on the investment of new capital from Ngāi Tahu for a 50% stake in the company, and acted for property and equity investment company Tailorspace Investments in the acquisition of a stake in New Zealand’s largest residential homebuilder Mike Greer Homes. Hosking acted for The Selwyn Foundation in a NZ$250m social housing joint venture with Auckland Council. The firm also counts Lyttelton Port Company, Soletanche Freyssinet and Scales Corporation among its clients.

Next generation lawyers

Megan Compton - Anthony Harper

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper continued to grow its dispute resolution team, which is led by Christchurch-based Peter Woods. The firm is recognised for its strong track record in complex cases, including contractual disputes, breach of trust and fiduciary duty claims, governance disputes and urgent interlocutory relief applications. The addition of Katherine Anderson, formerly director of legal and risk at Auckland Council and a current member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal, to the Auckland team gives the firm significant weight in public law matters. Her arrival also brought new clients Auckland Council and Auckland Transport to the firm. Karen Kemp, who acts for homeowners’ organisation HOBANZ, and Dan Hughes are also recommended, as is Richard Smedley in Christchurch. Woods is acting for EQC Action Group in a High Court action against the Earthquake Commission concerning statutory standards for building repair. Hughes assisted First Credit Union lodge with a complaint challenging the NZ Association of Credit Unions’ rules.

Next generation lawyers

Lisa Taylor - Anthony Harper

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper is known for β€˜superb service and high-quality advice’. Auckland-based Michael Moyes leads the practice and provides β€˜excellent advice and commercial strategies’. Associate Jullion Nelson Parker plays a major role in the team and is β€˜very strong technically and practically’. Corporate and commercial partner Chris Dann in Christchurch is also heavily involved in IP matters. The team’s highlights included advising franchise company Burger Fuel International on the management of its global IP portfolio, which included the filing of numerous Madrid applications to extend its worldwide reach. Moyes also acted for New Zealand Comfort Group in a cross-licensing arrangement with a research division of Massey University regarding existing intellectual property with the aim of creating pressure sensor technology for the retail sector. Pacific Valley Foods and Hilton Haulage are also clients of the firm.

Leading individuals

Michael Moyes - Anthony Harper

Next generation lawyers

Jullion Nelson Parker - Anthony Harper

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper is known for β€˜excellent advice and value for money’. Auckland-based Jennifer Mills leads the practice and is β€˜an expert in employment law who understands business’. Clients also recommend special counsel and litigator Kevin Patterson and associate Ethelred Chey, who is β€˜knowledgeable, gives sound advice and has an ability to pinpoint the issues’. Special counsel Jackie Behrnes is growing the firm’s presence in Christchurch. Mills advised Deutsche Post subsidiary DHL Global Forwarding on disestablishing 30 positions following implementation of an IT platform. The firm also acts regularly as local counsel to US-headquartered international law practice Seyfarth Shaw LLP, which counts blue-chip companies such as Amazon and Cisco among its clients. The work includes providing compliance advice to multinational companies and reviewing their international HR policies.

Leading individuals

Jennifer Mills - Anthony Harper

Next generation lawyers

Ethelred Chey - Anthony Harper

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

Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper provides β€˜superb service, high-quality advice and good value for money’. In Auckland, head of construction Edward Dunphy β€˜gives great technical and practical advice’. He acted for Fletcher Construction and Acciona Infrastructure on a joint venture to develop the NZ$709m Puhoi to Warkworth PPP road project, and Fletcher Distribution on the renewal of its lease for premises in Kaiwharawhara, Wellington. Senior associate Tim Bunker β€˜always provides excellent legal and practical advice’. Tim Barclay in Christchurch leads the property practice and his recent highlights include advising Goodman Property Trust on the sale of local assets with a total value of NZ$61m, including Southpark Industrial Estate and 15 Show Place. Daniel French, who advised HREF Health Precinct Limited on the development of a new seven-storey building in Christchurch, and Murray Weakley are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Edward Dunphy - Anthony Harper

Tim Barclay - Anthony Harper

Next generation lawyers

Harriet Quinlan - Anthony Harper

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 provides β€˜sound advice with a clear rationale for the actions recommended’ and is β€˜proactive in recognising changes in legislation’. In Christchurch, team head Crispin Vinnell (who is β€˜calm, balanced and commercial’) and banking partner Nigel Oliver are β€˜knowledgeable, extremely capable and always willing to help’. β€˜Responsive and capable’ senior associate Chloe Jolliffe and, in Auckland, litigation partner Dan Hughes and senior associate Lynne Van β€˜provide an extremely good service’. Highlights included advising PKF Corporate Recovery and Insolvency on the liquidation of ASX-listed Northern Crest Investments. The company collapsed owing NZ$80m and the resulting liquidation raised important questions in regard to the conduct of directors.

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 3

Anthony Harper

Anthony Harper is β€˜excellent – good value for money, very responsive and able to take a good commercial view that is not too legalistic’. The firm is known for its expertise in projects involving systems development, procurement and implementation and supports clients such as Panasonic NZ and food company Goodman Fielder. The β€˜very smart’ Michael Moyes leads a team that provides β€˜helpful and useful advice with pragmatic and sensible recommendations’. Last year, corporate partner Chris Dann advised First Credit Union on the implementation of a new core banking system supplied by fintech company Finzsoft. The firm also counts Auckland International Airport, Mercedes Benz, Panasonic and Goodman Fielder 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

Anthony Harper’s transport and logistics team handles corporate, finance and contentious matters, with a strong focus on shipping and maritime law. Team head and corporate partner Chris Dann in Christchurch has specialist expertise in ports, transport and logistics matters. Litigators including Dan Hughes (who β€˜cuts to the chase and does not muck around’) have experience in maritime matters, such as vessel arrest and ship mortgages. Dann advised Lyttelton Port Company on service agreements with international shipping companies, including Maersk Line and China Ocean Shipping, and on the establishment of its new inland port. He also advised the same client on the establishment of the new Te Ana Marina for recreational boating, which will be the only walk-on floating marina in Canterbury. The firm is also lead adviser to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in its long-term contract to meet International Energy Agency treaty obligations through petroleum reserve and shipping agreements with oil companies.

Leading individuals

Chris Dann - Anthony Harper

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