Firm Profile > Dentons Kensington Swan > Auckland , New Zealand

Dentons Kensington Swan
18 VIADUCT HARBOUR AVE
PRIVATE BAG 92101
AUCKLAND 1142
New Zealand

Investment funds Tier 1

Kensington Swan's Wellington office is home to a highly respected managed funds practice, which has a nationwide and Trans-Tasman client base. It played a key role in Financial Markets Conduct Act reforms, including the proposed Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 reforms that will replace the Financial Advisers Act. The firm is also active in innovative areas of the market such as fintech , with a particular focus on robo-advice. AMP Financial Services, ANZ Bank and Guardian Trust are among its clients. David Ireland and Catriona Grover lead the practice. Ireland has more than 26 years' experience in funds management law and he advises large and boutique providers of investment funds and investment management services. Grover specialises in investment funds, including KiwiSaver, managed funds and superannuation schemes. Senior associate Tom McLaughlin also plays a key role in the practice.

Testimonials

‘This practice is a team of lawyers who are highly competent technically. What sets them apart from other firms is their approachable nature along with their commercial pragmatism.’

‘Catriona Grover and David Ireland are highly competent technical lawyers, extremely approachable and also very pragmatic. I have found the rest of their team similar to deal with.’

‘The firm is one of the best providers of legal services in this area. It demonstrates a real depth of industry knowledge which translates into accurate and fit for purpose advice.’

‘It provides excellent partner availability with expert knowledge in many aspects of managed investment schemes including restricted legacy schemes and two complex wind up matters.’

‘The firm delivers great response times and industry knowledge, with a high degree of technical excellence, and pragmatic and commercially astute advice.’

‘We rate David Ireland and Cat Grover highly, particularly in terms of response times, quality and appropriateness of advice, accessibility and value for money.’

‘The team does not give cookie-cutter advice. Responses are tailored for our business and take into account the wider business objectives and strategy where appropriate. I feel like they focus – at all levels from partner down – on delivering real value to our business.’

‘The team is always timely, professional and takes the extra step to go above and beyond, often raising things or working through matters that have not explicitly been raised going over budget!’

‘I value the fact they are so proactive in keeping up-to-date with the latest changing and emerging regulations.’

‘Catriona Grover is outstanding. I can’t say enough about the value she provides to us. First and foremost, she is always technically on point and knows her stuff inside out in this space, including the more recent changes in the fintech arena. She takes into account the overall business when advising us, and as a result, her advice is both strategic and also tailored for our circumstances.’

‘Catriona Grover has proven herself to have invaluable experience across the retail and wholesale investment space, the advice regime and more recently we have also been able to depend on her to take a lead in the fast-moving fintech space, where she has assisted us in finding our way through the ever-changing emerging regulations and boundaries.’

‘David Ireland is great in the financial advice area, across changes to the code of conduct and the upcoming changes to the advice regime.’

‘Tom McLaughlin is an outstanding senior associate and I have no doubt he will be a partner in the not too distant future. He is the go-to person for us on a number of matters, and is always able to provide quick and insightful advice.’

‘Tom McLaughlin is a real superstar and his advice and assistance in the delivery of robo-advice has been invaluable.’

Key clients

Kiwi Wealth Limited

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

AMP Wealth Management New Zealand Limited

Funds Administration New Zealand Limited (‘FANZ’)

Equity Trustees Limited

Civic Financial Services Limited (‘Civic’)

Ngāi Tahu

New Zealand Guardian Trust Company

Public Trust

NZX

Consilium NZ

Michael Hill International Limited

UniSaver New Zealand

Projects and resources management (including environment) Tier 1

The infrastructure group at Kensington Swan combines expertise in construction and major projects, environment and planning, banking and finance, corporate and commercial, property and China business. It handles consenting and property acquisitions, procurement, project delivery and dispute resolution. The firm has acted in most of the PPPs undertaken in New Zealand since 2010, and it is the only law firm on both the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport panels. Infrastructure projects specialist Paul Buetow in Auckland and environment and planning partner Nicky McIndoe in Wellington are leading lights in the market, but the firm has many prominent lawyers leading the practice, among whom are corporate partners Chris Parke and Heida Donegan, and property partner Matthew Ockleston in Auckland; and Wellington-based corporate partner David ShillsonStuart Robertson in Auckland has 30 years' experience in the construction sector.

Key clients

NZ Transport Agency

Auckland Transport

Wellington Water Limited

Transpower New Zealand

ASB Bank

Pernod Ricard New Zealand Limited

Goodman Property

Downer New Zealand

CPB Contractors/CIMIC

Leighs Construction

Ghella Limited

Hawkins 2017

Calibre

Ministry of Social Development

Oji Fibre Solutions

McDonald’s Restaurants (NZ)

Unilever

Bridgestone Tyres

CentrePort Limited

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Kensington Swan's national property team has a high profile with the New Zealand Government and attracts a considerable amount of property work for Crown agencies. With strong teams in both Wellington and Auckland, it also advises many large domestic and multinational corporates including McDonald’s, Bridgestone, Goodman Property Group and Fletcher Building on property and construction matters. John Meads in Wellington leads the national property and real estate team and he has 47 years' experience in property and leasing work. Special counsel Helen Brown is one to watch. Ish Fraser is highly skilled in all aspects of office, retail and industrial leasing. Infrastructure projects specialist Paul Buetow and Matthew Ockleston, who is experienced in Public Works Act, infrastructure projects and public law matters, are the lead partners in Auckland. Up-and-coming partner Paula Ormandy, who joined from Bell Gully, is recommended for property development and complex leasing deals.

Testimonials

“Although I am Auckland-based I prefer to use the Wellington office for the more complicated lease documentation work in our Wellington portfolio. This is because the office is well resourced and its real estate and construction divisions are highly regarded.”

“My primary dealings are with Ish Fraser who is very commercially minded and has clear thought processes that allow him to articulate sometimes complex issues clearly and concisely.”

Key clients

New Zealand Transport Agency

Ministry of Social Development

Universal Homes

CentrePort Limited

Fisher & Paykel Appliances Limited

Oji Fibre Solutions

Cushman & Wakefield

Halliburton

Downer New Zealand

CPB Contractors (Cimic)

Leighs Construction

McConnell Dowell

Ghella Limited

Dimension Data

Calibre

Hawkins

Naylor Love

Wellington Water Limited

Grand Complex Properties Limited

Guangxi Fenglin Wood Industry Group

McDonald’s Restaurants (NZ)

Unilever

Bridgestone Tyres

Iveco Trucks (a brand of CNH Industrial)

Jones Lang LaSalle

China State Construction Engineering Corporation / China Construction New Zealand Limited

Beijing Engineering and Construction Group and BCEGI New Zealand Co., Ltd.

Xiamen ITG Group / Pointer Investment NZ Limited

Transport (rail, road, air and sea) Tier 1

Kensington Swan's national infrastructure practice brings together skills in includes construction and major projects, environment, planning and Property to assist with strategic transport projects throughout New Zealand. It is involved in the development of roads, ferry terminals, water reservoirs, bridges, public transport, cycling infrastructure and port infrastructure. The firm has played a key role in many PPPs undertaken in the New Zealand since 2010, and it is the only firm to be on the panel of both the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport. Infrastructure project specialist Paul Buetow and property partner Matthew Ockleston in Auckland and, in Wellington, environment and planning expert Nicky McIndoe lead the practice.

Key clients

NZ Transport Agency

Auckland Transport

Wellington Water Limited

Transpower New Zealand

ASB Bank

Goodman Property

Downer New Zealand

CPB Contractors/CIMIC

Leighs Construction

Ghella Limited

Hawkins 2017

Calibre

Ministry of Social Development

Oji Fibre Solutions

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

'The corporate team is particularly client-oriented, pragmatic and patient', says a client of Kensington Swan. Another describes the lawyers as 'professional, experienced and easy to work with'. The firm handles cross-border M&A and a broad range of domestic acquisitions and joint ventures. Chris Parke and David Lewis are the key partners in Auckland. Parke frequently advises overseas clients investing in New Zealand, while Lewis has extensive experience in the health, sports, finance, and retail sectors. Newly promoted partner Heida Donegan is a cross-border investment specialist whom clients describe as 'a first-class China specialist and a "go-to" lawyer'.  Martin Dalgleish, who acts for numerous clients in the transport, logistics and the energy sectors, and veteran corporate, finance and restructuring partner David Shillson lead the practice in Wellington.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

“They are committed to thoroughly understand our business and commercial needs before they start working on each deal.”

“Heida Donegan is qualified to practise law in the UK, HK and New Zealand, holds a doctorate in corporate law, and has considerable experience in handling complex cross-border M&A transactions. She understands our business needs, is passionate about helping us achieve success, and we really admire her perseverance, resilience and professionalism.”

“The firm has enormous experience, with a focus on pragmatic outcomes. Many similar partnerships seem intent of theoretical thinking rather than practical outcomes. KensingtonSwan focuses on the most direct path to a meaningful outcome.”

“Nick Scott consistently gives great advice and will do whatever it takes to get to a meaningful outcome. He is available day and night, and offers pragmatic advice based on decades of experience.”

“Kensington Swan’s lawyers do not only have a fantastic knowledge of the market, but are also very smart, diligent and pragmatic. They are particularly client-centric and attentive to detail.”

“We highly recommend Heida Donegan as our trusted and go-to lawyer. She is a very talented practitioner who is extremely client-focused. Her excellent business acumen and ability to get to the bottom of the issues of each transaction she works on have proven to be invaluable to our business advancement.”

“I have used Kensington Swan since we established our company in 2016 because it has a very strong team and a good reputation in this field.”

“Heida Donegan is one of the best lawyers we cooperate with in New Zealand. I was impressed by her integrity and wisdom, and she helped us complete the legal process for the formation of the company. In business, she helped us control the risk of contracts and showed very strong ability.”

“The team is highly professional and knowledgeable, and takes care of its clients. It can think about and solve the problems from the perspectives of the client and across different cultures and legal practices.”

“Heida Donegan is one of the most professional, capable, knowledgeable, hardworking and resourceful counsels we have ever engaged. She has helped us a lot with our projects and initiatives in New Zealand.”

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Resimac Limited

Downer

CentrePort Wellington

Danone

Oji Fibre Solutions

Guangxi Fenglin Wood Industry Group

Massey University

George Weston Foods Limited

Michael Hill Jewellers

Whanganui District Council

Airways Corporation of New Zealand

Unison Networks Limited

Brightwater Engineers Limited

St John

China State Construction Engineering Corporation / China Construction New Zealand Limited

Beijing Engineering and Construction Group and BCEGI New Zealand Co., Ltd.

Xiamen ITG Group / Pointer Investment NZ Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Kensington Swan is a leading firm for government and regulatory, infrastructure and competition litigation. The lead partners are David Campbell in Auckland and Hayden Wilson in Wellington. Campbell, who has a particular focus on competition law, product liability and liability insurance, is 'an experienced litigator who can navigate challenging personalities extremely well and professionally to secure a result', according to one client. Wilson leads on public law and regulatory matters, and is recommended for both litigation and mediation. 'Tenacious and fearless' senior associate Reece Leggett in Auckland is a rising star.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

‘Reece Leggett advocated our points fearlessly to the point of having shouting matches with the legal team of the plaintiff. He is a detailed litigator and identified a number of issues from the discoveries of the plaintiffs and of us, the defender.’

‘We were grateful to have such an honest devil’s advocate as Reece Leggett on our team to provide reality checks. Often, lawyers would say to clients what we like to hear but Reece would analyse the situation and provide an honest view, both good and bad.’

‘The team of David Campbell the wily strategist and the tenacious Reece Leggett successfully prosecuted our case well to secure the settlement.’

‘The firm is good at dealing with particularly tricky issues which involve the media and politics.’

‘Hayden Wilson can be relied on for a calm head under pressure. He doesn’t shy away from particularly tricky issues and thinks ahead.’

‘Linda Clark has the unique skill of being able to see a dispute from a bird’s eye view and is able to help with activating other initiatives that can help with resolving the dispute. She is beyond reproach in the strategic, big-picture way she deals with issues.’

‘Thanks to David Campbell and Reece Leggett’s clarity of thinking in identifying the key issues, the case progressed was of great value and kept the litigation focused and on track.’

‘Richard Monigatti  was most thorough in his approach, showing knowledge and maturity beyond his years and working tirelessly on the case to see that we met all key timelines.’

Key clients

Bioxyne Limited

Rachel MacGregor

NZ Transport Agency

Ministry of Social Development

Tourism NZ

Engineering New Zealand

Pharmacy Council of New Zealand

Serco New Zealand / Serco Asia Pacific

The Herrick Corporation

Clarke Gayford

Intellectual property Tier 2

Kensington Swan handles a broad mix of contentious and commercial IP matters, including IP development, enforcement and commercialisation work that ranges from strategic filing strategies through to major transactions and big-ticket litigation. Among its clients are leading domestic companies such as BurgerFuel and Crimson Education, and blue chip global businesses such as Unilever and Danone. Brand protection and Plant Variety Rights protection are key areas of specialist expertise. Jenni Rutter in Auckland and Charlotte Henley in Wellington lead the practice. Rutter is an IP enforcement specialist and an experienced advocate with more than over 20 years’ experience working IP owners in the UK and New Zealand. Commercial IP expert Henley handles rebranding, launching to market and IP commercialisation, as well as disputes.

Testimonials

“The firm has a highly skilled team that is always clear and concise with any IP queries or requirements.”

“Jenni Rutter is our ‘go-to’ person. She cuts through the legal terminology and clearly and quickly summarises the issue and what is required in layman’s terms.”

Key clients

Unilever

General Motors

Merisant

Danone Group

Tourism New Zealand

Kellogg Company

Cisco

T&G Global Ltd

Aranz Geo Limited (now Seequent Limited)

Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)

Shott Beverages Limited

BurgerFuel

HSBC

Lewis Road Creamery

Calvin Klein, Inc

Centrality Investments Limited

Labour and employment Tier 2

Kensington Swan has a large practice with a stable of leading corporate and public sector clients. It has particular expertise in the retail, creative, aviation and technology sectors, providing advice on strategy, compliance and litigation. Its recent work includes handling  restructurings, contractual issues, performance management and ill health, misconduct and relationship issues, and statutory obligations. Greg Cain in Wellington handles health and safety matters alongside employment law. He is co-head of the practice along with Charlotte Parkhill in Auckland. Health and safety specialist Grant Nicholson joined Anthony Harper but the firm hired James Warren from Fieldfisher in London who has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional projects and business transformations, complex reorganisations and the implementation of global HR policies. His recent work includes restraint of trade litigation, ex-employee misappropriation of confidential information claims.

TMT Tier 2

Kensington Swan has 'a good understanding of technology and delivery techniques, and it strongly represents the client's interests, as well as being pragmatic in creation of contracts'. Commercial and technology partner Hayley Miller in Auckland leads the firm's technology, innovation, privacy and media group, and she has extensive experience in technology licensing, development, commercialisation, supply and acquisition. The practice acts for ICT companies and innovative start-ups, and it has particular expertise in the areas of fintech and payments processing. In Wellington, the firm acts for public and education sector clients in the procurement of specialised ICT systems and services. The key lawyers are corporate partner Charlotte Henley, regulatory and litigation partner Hayden Wilson and public law specialist Linda Clark.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

“Hayley Miller is personable and dedicated. She turns things around quickly and is pragmatic in her approach.”

Key clients

Crown Infrastructure Partners Limited (previously Crown Fibre Holdings Limited) (CFH)

Tourism New Zealand

nib nz limited

1Centre Limited

Rachel MacGregor

Clarke Gayford

HSBC – The Hongkong And Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Banking and finance Tier 3

Kensington Swan acts for a range of large financial institutions and corporate trustees in New Zealand on corporate and acquisition finance, property development, trade finance, receivables financings and debt capital markets transactions. It also niche expertise in retirement village development financing and structured finance. Among the firm's key clients are HSBC, ANZ Bank and Bank of New Zealand. Key partner Nicole Xanthopol moved to Webb Henderson but oversight of the practice is now handled by four experienced partners. Auckland-based James McMillan handles the firm's relationships with HSBC and ANZ. In Wellington,  David Ireland handles funds management and financial services law, corporate partner David Shillson and investment funds specialist Catriona Grover. In early 2020, Liz Lim joined from Tompkins Wake.

Testimonials

“We have found the banking team through direct contact with Pauline Ho thorough, efficient and cost-effective.”

“Pauline Ho is an efficient, cost-effective and transparent banking asset for us. She understood our commercial needs and did not overcomplicate what we were asking for.”

Key clients

HSBC

ANZ Bank

Bank of New Zealand

Bank of China

Public Trust

New Zealand Guardian Trust

AMP Group

RESIMAC

National Bank Australia

ANZ Australia

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

The restructuring and insolvency practice at Kensington Swan is focused on serving banks and insolvency practitioners. Among these are ANZ Bank, BDO, BWA and Deloitte. The firm provides provide specialist legal advice to creditors and insolvency practitioners in relation to financial risk management, receiverships, administrations and liquidations. A unique facet of the practice is its close collaboration with its construction and major projects lawyers to assist with debt recovery and enforcement work, priority disputes and voidable transactions. Practice head and RITANZ member James McMillan and senior associate Mark Broad are the key practitioners, and each has 16 years' experience in commercial litigation.

Leading individuals

Key clients

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

BDO Auckland

BWA Insolvency

Deloitte

EY

HSBC

KPMG

111 Dixon Street Limited

Kensington Swan is one of New Zealand’s leading national commercial law firms working with clients to achieve complete legal solutions. In addition to its New Zealand client base of private and public clients, the firm actively advises multinational organisations on their investments and business activities in New Zealand.

The firm is especially regarded for its involvement in the infrastructure, natural resources, education, FMCG, food, manufacturing, healthcare, energy and government/public sectors. It assists clients with doing business in New Zealand, including employment, real estate, intellectual property protection, procurement, resource consenting and construction, public private partnerships, commercial contracts, competition law, joint ventures, M&A, Overseas Investment Act, privacy, financial markets, and finance. The firm is valued for its help on reputational risk and crisis management particularly in a dispute context, in the course of inquiries and in relation to overseas investment.

Kensington Swan is scheduled in early 2020, to combine with Dentons (www.dentons.com), the world’s largest law firm, meaning they can support your organisation wherever you operate.

Department Name Email Telephone
Construction & Major Projects Brendan Cash brendan.cash@kensingtonswan.com +64 4 915 0780
Construction & Major Projects Paul Buetow paul.buetow@kensingtonswan.com +64 9 375 1114
Corporate/Commercial David Lewis david.lewis@kensingtonswan.com +64 9 914 7263
Corporate/Commercial David Shillson david.shillson@kensingtonswan.com +64 4 498 0890
Dispute Resolution David Campbell david.campbell@kensingtonswan.com +64 9 375 1115
Government and Regulatory Hayden Wilson hayden.wilson@kensingtonswan.com +64 4 915 0782
Employment Charlotte Parkhill charlotte.parkhill@kensingtonswan.com +64 9 914 7259
Employment Greg Cain greg.cain@kensingtonswan.com +64 4 916 0963
Environment and Planning Nicky McIndoe nicky.mcindoe@kensingtonswan.com +64 4 915 0818
Environment and Planning Christina Sheard christina.sheard@kensingtonswan.com +64 9 375 1185
Asia Business Heida Donegan heida.donegan@kensingtonswan.com +64 9 918 6213
Financial Markets David Ireland david.ireland@kensingtonswan.com +64 4 498 0840
Financial Markets Catriona Grover catriona.grover@kensingtonswan.com +64 4 498 0816
Intellectual Property Jenni Rutter jenni.rutter@kensingtonswan.com +64 9 914 7251
Intellectual Property Charlotte Henley charlotte.henley@kensingtonswan.com +64 4 915 5955
Real Estate Matthew Ockleston matthew.ockleston@kensingtonswan.com +64 9 915 3350
Real Estate John Meads john.meads@kensingtonswan.com +64 4 498 0872
Restructuring and Insolvency James McMillan james.mcmillan@kensingtonswan.com +64 9 375 1154
Technology and Innovation Hayley Miller hayley.miller@kensingtonswan.com +64 9 915 3366
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Chris Booth  photo Mr Chris Booth
Mr Henry Brandts-Giesen  photo Mr Henry Brandts-Giesen
Mr Mark Broad  photo Mr Mark Broad
Mr Paul Buetow  photo Mr Paul Buetow
Mr David Campbell  photo Mr David Campbell
Ms Heida Donegan  photo Ms Heida Donegan
Ms Michelle Hill  photo Ms Michelle Hill
 Wook Jin Lee  photo Wook Jin Lee
Mr David Lewis  photo Mr David Lewis
Mr Tim MacAvoy  photo Mr Tim MacAvoy
Mr James McMillan  photo Mr James McMillan
Ms Hayley Miller  photo Ms Hayley Miller
Mr Matthew Ockleston  photo Mr Matthew Ockleston
Mr Chris Parke  photo Mr Chris Parke
Mr Stuart Robertson  photo Mr Stuart Robertson
Mrs Jenni Rutter  photo Mrs Jenni Rutter
Mr Nick Scott  photo Mr Nick Scott
Ms Christina Sheard  photo Ms Christina Sheard
Ms Ariana Stuart  photo Ms Ariana Stuart
Partners : 33
Number of lawyers : 118
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