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New Zealand

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Lowndes

Lowndes in Auckland has built on its strong reputation in insolvency and restructuring over the last four years with the development of a dedicated finance practice. It has key relationships with trading banks, insolvency practitioners, trustees and corporate borrowers, and is well known for its expertise in specialist security arrangements, cross-border transactions and debt capital markets trustee matters. Michael Anderson leads the practice and his work encompasses banking, insolvency and restructuring matters. Paul Hartland, who is a chartered accountant, is the key partner for complex banking matters, and principal Jennifer Tunna is also recommended. The practice recently acted for a large property company in the replacement of loan facilities and securities through a new bank in order to fund the acquisition of key assets, and advised a construction company on extending existing finance arrangements and arranging new funding to service corporate debt requirements.

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

Lowndes

Clients of Lowndes in Auckland report 'a very high level of service and strong business acumen, as well as good value for money'. One client remarks that the firm is 'top quality - very competitive with other boutique firms and also with larger firms', while another notes that 'the lawyers are all from top-tier firms, so you get the top-tier advice - I would recommend them to any business'. The firm is best known for its expertise in M&A, corporate advisory, listed company and investment funds matters. Managing partner Mark Lowndes 'has exceptional knowledge in all areas of company and commercial law'. He recently acted for Horizon Global in the acquisition of Best Bars Limited. Paul Hartland is 'very client-focused with strong industry knowledge, great attention to detail and excellent strategic insight'. Allan McRae advised Corporate Holdings Limited on two major acquisitions. Principal Kerri Dewe is noted for her 'strong commitment to customer service and broad knowledge of commercial law'. Principal Kathryn Hickling is also praised for her 'excellent technical skills and great attention to detail'.

Leading individuals

Paul Hartland - Lowndes

Next generation lawyers

Kerri Dewe - Lowndes

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Lowndes

Lowndes in Auckland has a lean dispute resolution practice that focuses on high-profile contentious matters. Among these is the SkyCity litigation, which is one of the largest civil and criminal fraud cases currently underway in New Zealand. Key partner Jacqueline Lethbridge is handling that case, which centres on charges of fraud by a former employee. Lethbridge and corporate partner Mark Lowndes are also handling a complex and high-value case involving governance issues at one of the country's largest mortgage brokers. Veteran litigator Michael McCarthy has a broad dispute resolution practice that includes shipping matters. He is acting for the owner of the container ship Rena and its P&I and hull insurers in a complex shipwreck case following the  largest maritime incident ever to have occurred on the New Zealand coast and the second most expensive wreck removal operation ever in the world. Principal Tim Jeffcott focuses on corporate disputes and consultant Mike Whale is also recommended for his vast experience in restructuring and insolvency disputes.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Lowndes

At Lowndes in Auckland, IP is a key element of the firm's corporate and commercial practice, which handles cross-border technology, media and telecoms matters. The firm's founder and managing partner Mark Lowndes has a broad corporate practice that sees him advise on IP-related transactions, which recently included assisting key client Las Vegas Sands Corporation with the management of its trade mark portfolio. He also acted for NZPM and its subsidiary Plumbing World in a case filed by Australian company Astivitsa for the transfer of a trade mark. Director Sarah Kerr has more than 20 years' experience as a corporate lawyer, acting for clients in the life sciences, diagnostic products, nutritional supplements and natural health sectors, among others. Principal Kerri Dewe also handles corporate transactions in IP-rich industries. Litigator Jacqueline Lethbridge handles IP disputes as part of her practice. Greg France moved to EY Law Limited.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Lowndes

At Lowndes in Auckland 'the people are very nice, very reasonable to deal with and very client-focused'. Consultant Mike Whale has more than 30 years’ experience and leads the practice. He is currently advising PwC on a potential appeal to the Supreme Court following a successful application in the Court of Appeal by a creditor against the liquidators of a construction company to have insolvent transactions set aside. Director Michael Anderson advises on a wide range of banking, restructuring and insolvency matters and last year he handled a complex matter that involved a tracing exercise to define the proceeds of commingled goods. Litigator Jacque Lethbridge is currently acting for PwC in an application to increase the rates that liquidators can charge for their work. Principal Jennifer Tunna, who with Whale is advising former directors of a flooring company on claims made by liquidators, 'cuts straight to the chase and her advice is very clear and pragmatic'.

Leading individuals

Mike Whale - Lowndes

Next generation lawyers

Jennifer Tunna - Lowndes

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Lowndes

'Outstanding on all counts' is how one client describes the practice at Lowndes. Corporate and technology partner Mark Lowndes has 36 years' experience in the market and one client notes that he has 'a superior general knowledge in all aspects of the law, meaning he is able to advice on risks in a global manner, and how they may affect other aspects of the business'. He assisted SKYCITY Auckland with a comprehensive re-write of its template licences for the installation, access, operation and maintenance of telecoms equipment. Lowndes and principal Kerri Dewe (who is 'the complete article in TMT and commercial law - extremely bright, personable, efficient and customer-centric') advised privately owned real estate company Barfoot & Thompson on the drafting of terms for the supply of data for inclusion on technology platforms, including social media, and the negotiation of software agreements. Director Sarah Kerr also plays a key role in corporate transactions involving technology companies.

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

Lowndes

Lowndes in Auckland provides commercial and dispute resolution services to transport operators - particularly in the shipping sector - and their insurers. The firm also acts for aviation, logistics and marine industry clients, including owners of luxury yachts. Michael McCarthy is one of New Zealand’s leading shipping litigators. He continues to lead the Rena Shipwreck matter, in which he is advising the owners of the ship and its P&I and hull insurers. The wreck was the largest maritime incident ever to occur on the New Zealand Coast, and the second most expensive wreck removal operation in the world. The firm is also handling the owner's application under the Resource Management Act for consent to leave the remains of the wreck on the reef. Corporate partner Mark Lowndes is playing a key role in that matter. Also recommended is principal Tim Jeffcott, who has a broad litigation practice that includes admiralty proceedings, maritime insurance claims, vessel damage and destruction investigations.

Leading individuals

Michael McCarthy - Lowndes

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