Firm Profile > Kensington Swan > Auckland, New Zealand

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

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Dentons Kensington Swan brings together expertise in construction, projects, environmental law, planning, finance and China-related matters to provide strategic advice on major projects across the country. The work of the infrastructure group encompasses consenting, property acquisitions, procurement and dispute resolution. Frequently involved in major PPP projects, it acts for a diverse range of clients, among them special purpose vehicles, design and construct contractors, operators, facilities maintenance contractors and equity funders. Matthew Ockleston and infrastructure project specialist Paul Buetow in Auckland lead the property, real estate and construction group, in which Paula Ormandy is also recommended. Ish Fraser and industry veteran John Meads in Wellington are leading lights in the market and special counsel Helen Brown stands out for contentious construction matters.

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Key clients

New Zealand Transport Agency

Ministry of Social Development

Grand Complex Properties Limited

Universal Homes Limited

Pro-Invest Group

Tāmaki Regeneration Limited

PMG Capital

Fletcher Building Limited

Fisher & Paykel Appliances Limited

Oji Fibre Solutions

Downer New Zealand

CPB Contractors/ CIMIC

Leighs Construction

Auckland Transport

Naylor Love

Ghella Limited

Calibre

Hawkins 2017

CentrePort

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

Dentons Kensington Swan’ top full-service transport department is involved in major PPP projects, and is distinguished as the only law firm on both the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport panels. Auckland office managing partner and real estate specialists Matthew Ockleston  worked with Paul Buetow , Christina Sheard and Nicky McIndoe  in assisting NZ Transport Agency on the Northern Corridor Improvements Project, which connects State Highway 1 with State Highway 18, and involves the construction of an the extension of the Northern Busway and a network of shared walking and cycling. In Wellington, McIndoe leads the national environment and planning Team, and her work focuses on the Resource Management Act, heritage, conservation, public works, and local government legislation relevant to infrastructure.

Key clients

Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency

Ministry of Social Development

Grand Complex Properties Limited

Universal Homes Limited

Pro-Invest Group

Tāmaki Regeneration Limited

PMG Capital

 

 

 

 

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Dentons Kensington Swan full service firm is singled out in the market for its Asia- Pacific expertise, and its strong ties with Chinese and Japanese entities, particularly in relation to in-bound investments and acquisitions. Heida Donegan ’s presence as Head of Asia Business and Korean speaker Wook Jin Lee  cross-border transactional expertise, has contributed to the growth of its Asian-based client portfolio. M&A expert Chris Parke  heads the practice from Auckland, which is strengthened by David Lewis ' 30 years' experience in high-end M&A transactions, company law and restructuring. He has developed a speciality in regulatory and commercial issues relating to medicines, medical devices and primary healthcare. Nick Scott  is also a central figure in Auckland. Wellington based David Shillson regularly advises on asset and share transactions. He is also instructed by government departments and local authorities in relation to significant commercial projects relating to infrastructure and services provided to communities. The firm also supports Māori businesses with regard to the full range of Māori legal issues.

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Testimonials

‘They are highly experienced, efficient and solution-oriented. They always give us pragmatic and realistic advice. They know our business needs and objectives well. They are not afraid of challenges, hence, they provide us with exceptional results. They are a team with good sense of humour. They are easy to work with. ‘

‘We love working with Heida Donegan and her team. Heida is always available to answer any questions we have. We feel at ease knowing that she takes a holistic approach to every deal. We can always rely on her to identify loopholes/issues and find solutions for us.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Resimac Limited

Downer

CentrePort Wellington

Danone

Oji Fibre Solutions

Guangxi Fenglin Wood Industry Group

Massey University

ICM Limited

Shiseido Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Dentons Kensington Swan‘s Wellington litigation team is headed by Hayden Wilson , and is nationally recognised for its public and administrative law litigation capabilities, acting for several core Government agencies, as well as representing international clients in their engagement with the New Zealand Government. Media disputes, defamation cases and ADR are also key areas of instruction. Public lawyer Linda Clark  is a key figure in the office. David Campbell leads the Auckland team, which also includes James McMillan , a specialist in contentious insolvency, a senior associate Patrick Glennie, who is qualified in Scots law and advises on commercial, trusts, and professional matters. The office focuses on infrastructure, corporate, and commercial disputes.

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Key clients

Bioxyne Limited

NZ Transport Agency

Ministry of Social Development

Tourism NZ

Engineering New Zealand

New Zealand Medical Council

Pharmacy Council of New Zealand

Serco New Zealand / Serco Asia Pacific

The Herrick Corporation

Crimson Consulting Limited

Intellectual property Tier 2

Very professional and experiencedDentons Kensington Swan’s full-service IP practice is best known for its work involvement in international trade mark portfolio and brand management, multi-jurisdictional filings and enforcement proceedings. Through its partnership with Auckland-based patent attorneys, Dentons Patent Attorneys Australasia, the practice is able to offer specialist advise in software patents, prosecution, commercialisation and litigation matters. In Wellington, Charlotte Henley  is a trusted IP advisor to government entities, large multinationals and domestic companies, and is one of the few practitioners with expertise in plant variety rights. Jenni Rutter , based in Auckland, is ‘very calm, professional and experienced’ and focuses on a broad range of issues, ranging from trade marks and branding, advertising and fair trading, food and consumer law claims and patent infringement. She regularly appears before the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.

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Testimonials

‘Very professional and experienced. Practical and constructive approach to IP disputes.’

‘Jenni Rutter is very calm, professional and experienced.’

Key clients

Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Merisant Company

Danone Group

Tourism New Zealand

Kellogg Company

Cisco Technology, Inc.

T&G Global Ltd

Aranz Geo Limited (now Seequent Limited)

Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited (MetService)

Shott Beverages Limited

BurgerFuel

New Zealand Transport Agency

Lewis Road Creamery Limited

Airways New Zealand

Calvin Klein, Inc

Centrality Investments Limited

Crimson Consulting Limited

Investment funds Tier 2

Dentons Kensington Swan's ‘very approachable and reliable team’ offer ‘pragmatic and specialist advice’ in managed funds, superannuation and KiwiSaver scheme, and advising offshore funds in relation to New Zealand investments. The team, co-led by 'standout' Catriona Grover and David Ireland , has a wealth of expertise across all facets of investment law, and is also a trusted advisor to public bodies, national and regional wealth managers, insurance providers and mortgage originators. Ireland is involved in reforms in financial markets regulation, including the recent Financial Markets Services Legislation Amendment Act reforms. Senior associate Tom McLaughlin  assists the partner in all aspects of financial products and services.

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Testimonials

‘Catriona Grover is a stand out. She knows her area thoroughly and provides technically correct plus pragmatic advice.’

‘Catriona Grover – outstanding, could not say enough about the value she provides to us. Firstly she is always technically on point knows her stuff inside out in the funds/investment space. She is also across the ongoing Fintech changes and all this while being approachable and friendly to people at all levels in our business. ‘

‘Consistently great experience as a customer. Stick to budget and timeframes all the while delivering real value add in terms of the advice they give. The team is always well trained with lots of talent upcoming rather than just one or two people who are good. Working with an outstanding female partner (Catriona) who is top of her field is also really nice.’

‘Catriona Grover is the standout legal partner that I work with. She is both an excellent technical lawyer but also an excellent commercial mind.’

‘A very supportive working relationship with David Ireland and Tom McLaughlin. Helping to get us over the line on large projects in a pragmatic (business minded) way. As above, I feel they have the best interests of our business at the centre of what they do for us.’

Key clients

Kiwi Wealth Limited

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

AMP Wealth Management New Zealand Limited

Michael Hill International Limited

UniSaver New Zealand

Funds Administration New Zealand Limited (FANZ)

Equity Trustees Limited

Civic Financial Services Limited (‘Civic’) / Local Government Superannuation Trustee Limited (‘LGST’)

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (‘ Ngāi Tahu ’)/ Whai Rawa Fund Limited (‘WRFL’)

New Zealand Guardian Trust Company

Consilium NZ (‘CNZ’)

Morningstar Australasia Pty Ltd

Kepa Financial Services Ltd

Kernel Wealth Limited

Labour and employment Tier 2

Dentons Kensington Swan has a strong presence in the public sector, as well as in retail, energy, infrastructure, creative, transport and technology. The firm advises on various aspects of employment law, with proficiency in restraint of trade, breach of confidentiality and team move issues, as well as having extensive litigation experience. Health and safety is a developing area, with an increase in instructions and investigations with WorkSafe New Zealand. Based in Auckland, James Warren advises on the full range of UK and New Zealand employment law aspects; he is supported by Charlotte Parkhill, who handles investigations into harassment, bullying and discrimination. Health and safety expert Greg Cain  leads the Wellington team. He regularly argues cases in the Employment Court ranging from dismissals and discrimination claims to enforcement of restraints of trade. He is assisted by senior associate Renee Butler .

Testimonials

‘I really appreciate the pragmatic business focused solutions that the employment team. They have taken the time to get to understand my business and to ensure that their advice is tailored to my specific issues.’

‘James Warren, Employment Partner, readily adapts his approach to suit the instructions of the client. This includes the way in which advice is delivered.’

 

Key clients

Auckland Transport

Naylor Love

Department of Corrections

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited

Michael Hill International

Serco New Zealand Limited

WSP Opus

The Order of St John

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Trade

Ministry of Transport

Tourism New Zealand

Hastings District Council

New Zealand Police

New Zealand Transport Agency

George Weston Foods

Massey University

Downer

Vero Liability

Inland Revenue Department

Greater Wellington Regional Council

CentrePort

Linfox Logistics

Projects and resources management (including environment) Tier 2

Dentons Kensington Swan is 'incredibly responsive, collaborative and proactive'. The environment, infrastructure and planning practice brings together specialist partners and expertise from the firm's finance, corporate, property and Asia business groups. The firm advises on strategic projects throughout New Zealand, notably in the transport, water, energy and social infrastructure sectors. Its work spans consenting and property acquisitions, procurement, PPPs, project delivery and dispute resolution. Environment and planning partner Nicky McIndoe in Wellington, along with Auckland-based infrastructure partner Paul Buetow and projects and public law Matthew Ockleston, co-lead the practice.

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Testimonials

‘Nicky Mcindoe and special counsel Ezekiel Hudspith are incredibly responsive, collaborative and proactive. They are highly skilled and experienced practitioners and add a lot of value to our projects in terms of strategy, tactics and risk management.’

Key clients

NZ Transport Agency

Auckland Transport

Wellington Water Limited

Transpower New Zealand

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Hineuru Iwi Trust

Airways Corporation

Tamaki Regeneration Company

Ghella & Albergeldie Joint Venture

CPB Contractors Pty Limited

Naylor Love

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Dentons Kensington Swan has an impressive portfolio of banks, trade creditors, directors and insolvency practitioners, among them ANZ, HSBC, Deloitte and KPMG, and Borrelli Walsh. The practice works closely with the construction and major projects department to assist with debt recovery and enforcement work, as well as priority disputes and voidable transactions. In addition, it advises on distressed debt acquisitions and restructurings. Practice head James McMillan  advises across a comprehensive range of administration, receivership and liquidation-related issues. Banking partner Liz Lim in Auckland and David Shillson , based in Wellington, are also of note.

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Key clients

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

HSBC

Deloitte

BDO Auckland

KordaMentha

KPMG

Borrelli Walsh

TMT Tier 2

Dentons Kensington Swan utilises its global network to assist foreign clients in their technology operations in New Zealand, and is also a good choice for IT companies and start-ups for corporate mandates, public and private sector procurement and e-commerce matters. It also regularly acts for mobile app companies, gaming developers, banks and multinational internet service providers. Hayley Miller leads the team in Auckland where she is an expert on software development and the launch of SaaS offerings, commercialisation of new technology and telecoms regulations. Wellington based Charlotte Henley's practice maintains an IP angle and on legal issues relating to bringing product to market. Senior associate Campbell Featherstone  is 'one to watch' and works with Henley on data protection issues and procurement, with emphasis on the health sector.

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Testimonials

‘Responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Campbell Featherstone is one to watch’

Key clients

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

Tourism New Zealand

nib NZ limited

1Centre Limited

ANZ Bank Limited

HSBC – The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

ASB Bank Limited

Unison Networks Limited

Socialites Group Limited

Share a Camper GmbH

Kern Mobile Limited

Clearhead Limited

Lime Technology Limited

Banking and finance Tier 3

Dentons Kensington Swan assists start-ups, financial institutions and corporates in the infrastructure and construction, professionals, technology and innovation, and commercial sectors on a diverse range of corporate finance transactions, debt capital markets and consumer finance matters. Continuing to benefit from the addition of Liz Lim in 2020, the firm is building on its global reputation and strengthening its visibility across the Asia-Pacific region with new instructions from leading Australian, Chinese and International banks. Lim's experience in property finance, acquisition finance and asset based financing have attracted high-end mandates from key players in the New Zealand banking sector. Senior associate Pauline Ho is likewise recommended for corporate and structured lending.

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Testimonials

‘Dentons Kensington Swan is a “big firm” with a “small firm” ethos – i.e., a very personal service with a focus on delivering prompt/excellent legal services to its customers.’

‘Small but good team. Good people and work well with other practice areas, including property. Very responsive and attentive. Always very competitive with pricing/estimates and very clear in communications (when providing advice etc).’

‘Great availability. Very sound technical and legal knowledge, but provides good commercial advice. Good understanding and knowledge of market practise/trends.’

‘Liz Lim is one of those rare “trusted advisors” in the profession. Once instructed, she asks thoughtful questions to explore the scope of work, and thereafter proactively identifies potential issues (and offers potential remedies thereto), and otherwise delivers a seamless legal service/solution. For that reason, Liz Lim is very well known and respected in Auckland/NZ, and has amassed a following over the years.’

Key clients

HSBC

ANZ Bank

Bank of New Zealand

Bank of China

Public Trust

Guardian Trust

AMP Group

RESIMAC

National Bank Australia

ANZ Australia

Dentons 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.

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