Firm Profile > Bell Gully > Auckland, New Zealand

Bell Gully
LEVEL 21, VERO CENTRE, 48 SHORTLAND STREET
PO BOX 4199
AUCKLAND 1140
New Zealand

Banking and finance Tier 1

Bell Gully is considered a leading practice across many sectors of the finance market, including debt capital markets, corporate and acquisition finance, securitisation, infrastructure funding and project finance. Last year, the firm saw increased activity in acquisition funding amidst robust M&A activity, New Zealand dollar-denominated debt by offshore issuers, advisory work and securitisation. The firm acts for a range of large domestic companies, including Air New Zealand, and a host of regional and international banks such as Bank of New Zealand, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Deutsche Bank. Leading derivatives expert David Craig in Wellington leads the practice, which has standout performers including project finance specialist Hugh Kettle and, in Auckland, David McPherson, who is a key player in debt restructurings, and Murray King, who is a leading light in the growing securitisation market.

Practice head(s):

David Craig

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

“It is a strong full-service firm, very professional.”

“David Craig is very professional and a subject matter expert in financial regulation.”

“The responsive and pragmatic support of the Bell Gully banking team was invaluable leading to a positive outcome for our business.”

“Murray King is a key trusted advisor to our business. I know he will provide considered and thoughtful solutions-focused guidance on complex business issues.”

Key clients

Air New Zealand

ANZ Bank New Zealand

Bank of New Zealand

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (including ASB Bank)

Eclipx (previously FleetPartners)

Fletcher Building

JP Morgan

Deutsche Bank

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

The New Zealand Treasury

SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Vector

Competition law Tier 1

Bell Gully has a diverse client base of blue-chip corporates, which the firm assists with major M&A transactions. The practice also handles numerous multi-jurisdictional transactions with local aspects, and is also highly regarded for its work in cartel matters. It recently handled some of the most important transactions in the market, which included acting for Vodafone Group Plc in its sale of Vodafone New Zealand Limited to a consortium of Infratil and Brookfield Asset Management Limited. In Auckland, practice head Torrin Crowther is widely recognised as one of the country's leading competition lawyers. The firm's specialist lawyers include special counsel Glenn Shewan and rising star senior associate Michael Tilley. Key partner Simon Ladd and, in Wellington, Jenny Stevens are the key litigation partners.

Practice head(s):

Torrin Crowther

Testimonials

“The firm has a dedicated competition team that provides high-quality and timely advice. It is enjoyable to deal with.”

“Torrin Crowther, Glenn Shewan and Michael Tilley all stand out. Michael is certainly an associate to watch.”

Key clients

Fletcher Building

BP

Vodafone

Todd Corporation

Tronox

MYOB

Bauer

Platinum Equity

Air New Zealand

Goodman Fielder

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Bell Gully has 'the pre-eminent corporate practice in New Zealand', according to one client, who remarks that 'the advice is outstanding and the partners do not seek to grandstand - they simply do the best deal for their clients'. Department head Torrin Crowther in Auckland and his deputy Amon Nunns in Wellington oversee a team that is home to some of the market's most respected practitioners. In Auckland, Anna Buchly and James Gibson were the lead partners in two landmark corporate transactions - Vodafone's NZ$3.4bn sale of its local subsidiary and Apax Partners LLP's NZ$2.56bn takeover of Trade Me. Brynn Gilbertson and Glenn Joblin are also leading lights in the market. James Cooney and rising star senior associate Jennifer Coote are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Torrin Crowther; Amon Nunns

Other key lawyers:

Anna Buchly; James Gibson; Brynn Gilbertson; Glenn Joblin; James Cooney; Toby Sharpe; Chris Goddard; Simon Watt; Amon Nunns

Testimonials

“The firm has experience, knowledge and focus on obtaining a commercial and practical outcome.”

“Brynn Gilbertson is truly a trusted advisers who knows his stuff and who makes it his business to understand their client’s business.”

“James Cooney is  very highly regarded for his commercial approach and technical expertise.”

“Jennifer Coote is a standout senior associate who has a mind like a steel trap – her attention to detail and understanding of deals is second to none.”

“The Bell Gully team is highly responsive to our needs and provides well thought out advice. No matter what the issue is, we can rely on Bell Gully to have someone on the team who can help us.”

“Toby Sharpe is our main contact. He stands out in that despite him often having numerous client priorities, we never feel that our work is given less than the appropriate priority level by Toby and his team.”

“Amon Nunns and team are without peer across the spectrum. They provide clear concise and advice with no hassles, and they are commercially orientated.”

“Amon Nunns has a great team around him but Amon is the ‘go-to’ practitioner.”

Key clients

Vodafone Group Plc

Apax Partners

AIA

Resolution Life

Haier 690

Fletcher Building Limited

Cigna Corporation

Contact Energy

Goodman Fielder

SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Mitsui & Co Limited

GWA Group Limited

Platinum Equity

Westland Co- Operative Dairy Limited

Foley Family Wines

GlaxoSmithKline

GraphPad

Hellers Limited

Sargon Capital Pty

Anixter International Inc

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Bell Gully has one the largest and most prominent commercial litigation teams in New Zealand. Department head Jenny Stevens in Wellington and, in Auckland, deputy practice head David Friar lead the firm's national litigation practice. In Auckland, Simon Ladd is an experienced senior litigator with particular expertise in competition proceedings, construction disputes and insurance law, and Sophie East is recommended for commercial disputes, banking and finance litigation, class actions and securities law. Up-and-coming partner Jesse Wilson handles regulatory matters and corporate disputes and senior associate Rebecca Rose is recommended for her advocacy skills. Ian Gault is now a High Court Judge.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Stevens; David Friar

Other key lawyers:

Alan Ringwood; Simon Ladd; Sophie East; Tim Fitzgerald; Jesse Wilson; Brad Ward; Richard Massey; Kirsty Dobbs

Testimonials

‘I always really enjoy working with Brad Ward and Simon Ladd at Bell Gully. They are intelligent, professional, responsive, good-natured and pleasant to work with, and obviously highly competent technically. Simon and Brad are our preferred external solicitors for all leaky building, construction and commercial disputes.’

‘I rate both Brad Ward and Simon Ladd very highly and look forward to continuing to work with them. They work well as a team. Brad is my go-to commercial litigator for a very broad range of commercial disputes. And Simon’s extensive experience means he is invaluable for strategy discussions and commercial negotiations.’

‘This team’s work is well thought through and presented clearly. Their knowledge of the law is impeccable.’

‘David Friar and Richard Massey have great communication skills which means our expectations are always managed smoothly.’

Key clients

Air New Zealand

ANZ Bank New Zealand

ASB Bank

Auckland Transport

Danone

Genesis Energy Limited

Ngai Tahu

Vodafone New Zealand Ltd

Fletcher Building Ltd

Downer Construction

PwC

Vero Insurance

Southern Response

Korda Mentha

Frucor Beverages Ltd

Insurance Tier 1

Bell Gully has a key role in earthquake litigation and is also a prominent player in corporate transactions and insolvencies involving major insurers. The firm's work for Southern Response Earthquake Services is a key part of its practice, though it has also handled significant matters arising from the Canterbury earthquakes for insurers Vero, AIG, Zurich, QBE, Chubb, and IAG. Last year, the firm handled more 40 insurance claims in the High Court. In Auckland, head of litigation David Friar and Simon Ladd, who is litigation liaison for key insurer client Suncorp,  are the lead partners. The firm also has significant regulatory expertise in the insurance sector, including matters in relation to the Insurance Prudential Supervision Act and Reserve Bank insurance requirements.

Practice head(s):

David Friar; Simon Ladd

Other key lawyers:

Glenn Joblin; Morgan Powell; Sarah McQueen

Key clients

AIA International Limited / Sovereign Limited / Sovereign Life (NZ) Limited

AMP Life Limited

Aon plc

Southern Cross Medical Care Society

Southern Response Earthquake Services

Tower Limited

Vero Insurance New Zealand Limited

Willis Group Limited

Medical Assurance Society NZ Limited

IAG

Labour and employment Tier 1

Bell Gully has a 'highly responsive, and highly skilled employment and workplace safety team' that frequently works with global law firms to handle high-value cross-border M&A transactions, as well as providing specialist advice on regulatory matters and disputes. Litigation partner Rachael Brown  in Wellington assists public and private sector clients with the implement of new regulations and acts in high-profile employment disputes. In Auckland, Tim Clarke is experienced in both employment litigation and health and safety matters, and newly promoted partner Liz Coats frequently advises employers on redundancy and restructuring issues. Senior associate Rosemary Wooders also plays a key role in the practice. Rob Towner left the firm to join Richmond Chambers.

Testimonials

“Rachael Brown is highly adept at managing expectations of different personalities and her pragmatic approach to providing advice and guidance and her ability to cut to the heart of the matter without causing offence is a key strength.”

“The firm is very professional, providing high-quality advice from a risk-based perspective. It takes time to understand customer circumstances and needs.”

“Engaging and very professional.”

“The firm provides extremely proficient turnaround time. It is always willing and able to provide advice. The team works well together so that if any one is occupied, someone else in the team can assist, thereby always there when we need them. In particular, I would call out Rosemary Wooders and Elizabeth Coats.”

Key clients

Asahi

Apple

Federal Express

Railways Corporation

AT&T

BP Oil

Deloitte

OfficeMax

Facebook

Google

HP

Honeywell

Estée Lauder

Frucor Suntory (subsidiary of Suntory)

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Lyttelton Port Company

Vodafone New Zealand

Wellington Electricity Lines Limited

Sime Darby Motor Company

Projects and resources management (including environment) Tier 1

The practice at Bell Gully is 'personable, diligent and creative in the way it solves problems'. The firm is consistently involved in the most comprehensive and forward-looking infrastructure, development and contracting projects. Among these are projects of national significance, as well as several medium and smaller-scale projects. These projects involve the firm's resource management and environment experts, who frequently advise on major energy projects. The core of the practice is based in Wellington, where the lead partners are Hugh Kettle, who recently advised Wellington City Council on several significant projects; resource management specialist Andrew Beatson; commercial property expert David Chisnall; prominent infrastructure partner Simon Watt; and corporate partner Chris Gordon who focuses on energy, resources and infrastructure projects. In Auckland, newly promoted partner Natasha Garvan is recommended for strategic advice on large-scale projects. Senior associate Claire Harmsworth in Wellington is a rising star.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Kettle; Andrew Beatson; David Chisnall; Simon Watt; Chris Gordon

Other key lawyers:

David Coull; Natasha Garvan; Ian Becke; Angela Harford; Claire Harmsworth

Testimonials

“The team partners with clients at a strategic level to ensure that we are anticipating outcomes. It is pleasant to deal with an anticipate the needs of the client.”

“David Coull has provided a huge amount of value assisting us in a multi-party negotiation. He was able to spot issues coming up and advise us in a timely manner that led to a positive outcome on the new access code. He is exceptionally competent on subject matter and gave our counterparties confidence that we could move forward.”

“The firm has careful thinkers that craft a clear strategy to match the circumstances and ensure a positive result. There is a nice split between Auckland and Wellington with teams across national matters and always available.”

“Andrew Beatson is pragmatic and focused on the key details required to win.”

“Natasha Garvan is diligent and has an eye for detail to ensure all matters are covered.”

Key clients

Auckland Transport

Supporting Growth Alliance (an alliance comprising NZTA, AT, Auckland Council, Buddle Findlay, Bell Gully, Beca and Aecom)

City Rail Link Limited

CentrePort Limited

Crown Infrastructure Partners

Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Housing New Zealand

Meridian Energy Limited

Port Marlborough New Zealand Limited

Tainui Group Holdings

Tauranga City Council

Transpower New Zealand Limited

Wellington City Council

AWE Limited

Anadarko Petroleum Limited

Barton NZ Limited / The Barton Group

Contact Energy Limited

First Gas Limited

Meridian Energy Limited

New Zealand Oil & Gas Limited

Ofer Group

ONGC Videsh Limited

Romarco Minerals Inc.

Trans-Tasman Resources Limited

Transpower New Zealand

Wellington Electricity Limited

Woodside Energy Limited

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Bell Gully 'combines very strong expertise and in-depth knowledge of the field together with a good commercial and efficient approach to transactions', notes one client. Andrew Petersen and Simon Ladd in Auckland and, in Wellington, David Chisnall are the lead partners in the property, real estate and construction practice. Petersen, who counts Tāmaki Redevelopment Company and SkyCity Entertainment Group among his clients, handles corporate, property and Overseas Investment Act matters. Ladd is a leading light in contentious construction matters. Also in Auckland, Jane Holland, who has more than 20 years' experience in New Zealand and the UK, specialises in commercial leasing and development projects. Chisnall has built his expertise over many years in some of the country's most significant property projects, and he the structuring, procurement and delivery of large-scale construction and development projects, as well as acquisitions, disposals and leasing. Newly promoted partner Ian Becke is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Petersen; David Chisnall; Simon Ladd

Other key lawyers:

Jane Holland; Ian Becke; Karl Anderson; Jesse Wilson; Sally Whincop; Jan Chen

Testimonials

“The firm shows a high level of professionalism and has solid team depth, with partners and expertise in every field related to real estate.”

“Ian Becke is exceptionally good. We have been working together over five years in many deals on the real estate transaction side and he combines strong expertise in the field, good commercial sense and strong focus on quality and client care. In addition, because of his previous experience in Australia, he is bringing a new level of professionalism to the field.”

“Senior solicitor Jan Chen is very efficient, detailed and thorough in various aspects of the deals we are working on and she is an important asset to the team.”

“The construction team has offered real-time advice based on industry best practice in New Zealand.”

“Ian Becke brings high level experience to the table along with a very personable and friendly approach. He and his team ensure that complex legal ease is unpacked so as the non-lawyers understand. They also ask the right questions, so they understand the risks associated from a practical perspective for a construction project.”

“The firm brings depth of capability, flexibility and a willingness to consider new approaches and ideas.”

“Ian Becke is a knowledgeable, innovative, highly pragmatic and solution-focused lawyer and an astute negotiator.”

“Bell Gully is very professional and has lots of experience. The team points out exactly what we should focus on. And from the minor things to big one, their consulting was reliable.”

“It is the market’s leading real estate practice. It has a very deep pool of expertise across the property team. They cover the market and are very up-to-date with recent market changes and trends, which as a principal investor is critical to being successful in a very competitive investment market.”

“Jane Holland is one of the most experienced and respected property partners in NZ. We have completed multiple billions of transactions with Jane and her team and she has always been nothing short of exceptional.”

“We formed a great working relationship on a very tough and complex deal. Bell Gully’s technical expertise, broad experience and commercial nous were invaluable on the deal. However, the personalities were probably the most important part of making the deal team function so well.”

“Andrew Petersen has a great body of experience which he was able to apply to a unique and complex transaction to help find practical solutions.”

“For construction and leaky building matters, Simon Ladd and Brad Ward provide excellent, timely advice and they are an absolute pleasure to work with.”

“The firm has really valued, trusted advisors on complex deals. The lawyers present as very strategic, out-of-box thinkers work well as a team. They are technically outstanding.”

“Susannah Shaw was outstanding and David Chisnall provided great oversight as partner.”

“Hugh Kettle is just superb.”

“Jane Holland leads a strong team that meets our needs over a wide range of real estate and construction matters. She has complete client focus.”

Key clients

Auckland Transport

ANZ Bank

David Jones

Fletcher Building

Investec Property Limited

Invesco Real Estate

Kiwi Property Group

Port Marlborough

Precinct Properties Limited

Stride Property

Tainui Group Holdings

Tāmaki Redevelopment Company

Tauranga City Council

Vital Healthcare Property Trust

Wellington City Council

PAG Real Estate

Auckland Transport

Department of Corrections

Downer New Zealand Limited

Fletcher Construction Limited

Genesis Energy

Horizons Regional Council

Library Lane Limited

NZ Transport Agency

Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited

Tauranga City Council

Vero Insurance New Zealand Limited

Wellington City Council

Tax Tier 1

Bell Gully in Auckland has the largest specialist tax practice in the market and it has a track record of involvement in major corporate transactions and precedent-setting tax disputes. It is also highly skilled in private client tax work for high-net-worth individuals, indirect tax and customs and excise matters. It is also regarded as having the leading transfer pricing practice in the market. Tax disputes specialist Mathew McKay leads the practice and frequently acts for domestic and offshore clients in the full range of tax matters. Willy Sussman is New Zealand’s only specialist indirect tax lawyer and Graham Murray is a respected transactional tax expert. Campbell Pentney, who is a key member of the GST and Customs and Excise specialist group, and tax litigation specialist Hayden Roberts are up-and-coming partners.

Practice head(s):

Matthew McKay

Testimonials

“These guys are very clever, practical and easy to deal with. They also turn things around quickly and are able to work closely and proactively with their clients which is invaluable.”

“Matthew McKay is a star. He is always available and involved but uses people in his team carefully and collaboratively to deliver great results. It is a pleasure working with him and his people.”

“The analysis undertaken by the team at Bell Gully is incredibly thorough – we have complete confidence that the team can come up with the ‘right’ solutions to address complex issues and problems.”

“Matthew McKay, Hayden Roberts and Graham Murray are all very responsive when urgent advice and assistance is sought.”

“The dedicated tax practice in Auckland is highly technically proficient, timely and great value for money. As one of leading tax practices in New Zealand, the team is able to identify key issues and communicate complex issues succinctly and in a manner that is easily understood. Not only does the team identify such issues, but it also proposes practical solutions or actions.”

“Practice head Mathew McKay is technically brilliant, and is one of the leading litigators when it comes to arguing complex tax technical issues.”

“Graham Murray, a newer partner, has been well mentored and trained by Mathew and continues to provide excellent service and advice.”

Key clients

Frucor / Danone

Fletcher Building Limited

Cigna

Vodafone Group Plc

Apax Partners

Chatfield & Co

Todd Energy

Canterbury Jockey Club

Special Situations Assets Limited

AIA

Platinum Equity

Bapcor

Resolution Life

Waikeria Prison Ppp3

Westland Co-Operative Dairy

Bank Of America Merrill Lynch

Graphpad

Contact Energy Limited

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

Bell Gully has a long-standing transport practice and significant experience of aviation, road, rail and maritime matters. The firm advises leading airlines, government agencies, infrastructure developers and ports. It is also one of the key firms advising Te Tupu Ngātahi – the Supporting Growth Alliance – on route protection of the transportation network required to service the next 30 years of Auckland’s growth. Department leader Torrin Crowther in Auckland is a competition law specialist who advises key transport sector clients including Air New Zealand. Among the key partners in Wellington are resource management specialist Andrew Beatson and infrastructure expert Hugh  Kettle, who count Auckland Transport and NZ Transport Agency among their clients, and David Chisnall who handles the structuring, procurement and delivery of large-scale construction and development projects.

Practice head(s):

Torrin Crowther; Hugh Kettle; Andrew Beatson; David Chisnall

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Garvan

Key clients

Air New Zealand

New Zealand Transport Agency

Auckland Transport

Centre Port Properties Limited

Port Marlborough New Zealand Limited

Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company

Intellectual property Tier 2

Bell Gully's Auckland office is home to a large multi-disciplined IP team. Its primary focus is on high-level strategic work on significant corporate transactions, as well as high-profile contentious matters and trade mark work for blue-chip corporate clients. Its recent work includes one of the most prominent copyright infringement cases in the market, as well as trade mark portfolio management for  key clients such as Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser. Partner Alan Ringwood, who leads the IP and media practices, and special counsel Sooyun Lee, who is head of one of the largest trade mark practices at a full-service firm, are the principal practitioners. The firm has extensive IP litigation expertise with Tania Goatley the lead partner for media, advertising, privacy law and IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Alan Ringwood; Sooyun Lee

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Vodafone Group PLC

Apax Partners LLP

Cigna International Corporation

Qingdao Haier Co.Limited

Resolution Life Group Holdings Limited

ESW Holdings Inc

Hellers Limited

Platinum Equity

Various

Unilever

Reckitt Benckiser

Frucor Suntory New Zealand Limited

Abbott Laboratories

Abbvie

BMW

The Body Shop

Investment funds Tier 2

Bell Gully in Auckland has a diverse investment funds practice that is involved not only in on-going regulatory change, but also handles significant transactional work. Last year, this included setting up a new fund intended to help Iwi/Māori groups diversify their portfolios. The firm advises numerous leading issuers and supervisory organisations including New Zealand Guardian Trust, Covenant Trustee Company, ANZ Bank and fund managers AMP, Suncorp and Craigs Investment Partners. Haydn Wong leads the practice, which draws on expertise from the firm's corporate, banking and finance practices. He acts for some of New Zealand’s largest fund managers and supervisors in funds management, KiwiSaver, superannuation and insurance matters. Amon Nunns is a key adviser to Stride Property Group, which controls one of New Zealand’s largest diversified investment property portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Haydn Wong

Other key lawyers:

Amon Nunns; Sarah McQueen; Katie Dow

Key clients

AMP

ANZ Bank

Craigs Investment Partners

The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Limited

Asteron / Suncorp

Covenant Trustee Services Limited

First State Investments

Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation

Stride Property Limited

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Bell Gully in Auckland has a busy practice that acts for leading banks such as ANZ, ASB and Bank of New Zealand, as well as accounting firms and receivers including PwC, Grant Thornton and BDO. Practice head David McPherson and litigation partner David Friar are currently acting for KordaMentha as administrators of ten New Zealand-registered companies in the CBL Group, including the parent company, in regard to aspects of the country's most high-profile insolvency. Litigation partner Tim Fitzgerald advises lenders and insolvency practitioners on claims against debtors, directors, auditors and insurers. Rising star senior associate Nick Moffatt, who is involved in the CBL matter, is a key advisor to PwC in insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

David McPherson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

PwC

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

KordaMentha

McGrath Nicol

KPMG

ASB Bank

BNZ

Grant Thornton

BDO

Ferrier Hodgson

TMT Tier 2

Bell Gully handles some of the largest M&A transactions in the technology and telecoms sectors, which last year included acting for Vodafone Group plc in its sale of Vodafone NZ to an investment consortium of Infratil and Brookfields Asset Management for NZ$3.4bn. The firm is also active in public sector technology procurement, and advises a broad range of clients on emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality. In the telecoms sector, it continues to act for Crown Fibre Holdings in the roll-out of Ultra-Fast Broadband. Cybersecurity and data privacy, including advice on Privacy Act obligations, guidance, policies and procedures, are also core elements in the practice. ICT specialist Dean Oppenhuis in Wellington and Auckland-based media lawyer Alan Ringwood are the key partners.

Practice head(s):

Dean Oppenhuis; Alan Ringwood

Other key lawyers:

Tania Goatley; Laura Littlewood;

Key clients

Vodafone

Department of Internal Affairs

Crown Infrastructure Partners (previously Crown Fibre Holdings)

APN News & Media

Colenso BBDO

Bauer Media

Bloomberg LP

8i

Rocketlab

Straker Translations

HNA Group

Netflix Luxembourg S.à.r.l.

NZME

Centrality Investments

Department of Corrections

The firm: Bell Gully is independently recognised as New Zealand’s leading commercial law firm. The firm helps many of New Zealand’s leading companies and public sector agencies navigate their most complex and ambitious projects along with their day-to-day operational issues. The firm has a team of 194 lawyers who combine market leading corporate, commercial, employment, financial services, dispute resolution, property and tax capability along with a wide array of specialist skills. The firm’s range of expertise and experience is extensive, and their work ranges from the most complex and ambitious projects and difficult cases, to day to day operational issues. Bell Gully consistently delivers practical solutions to everyday and unique problems.

Internationally, the firm works with prestigious multinational clients and maintains strong links with leading law firms in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States.

The firm’s service is founded on being available, commercial and cost-effective – and on being enjoyable to work with. Through dedication to understanding clients’ business and goals, the firm translates the law into everyday commercial language, provides solutions and prepares clients for challenges before they arise.

Areas of practice: Bell Gully is a full-service law firm. Major practice areas include corporate, financial services, property, tax and litigation, and the firm is capable of acting on large and complex commercial matters.

Areas of expertise include: acquisition finance; agribusiness; arbitration; asset finance; banking and finance; banking and finance litigation; class actions; climate change; commercial; commissions and inquiries; competition; construction; consumer law; corporate governance and advisory; cyber security; debt capital markets; derivatives; employee share schemes; employment; energy; entertainment finance; environment and planning; equity capital markets; financial sector regulation; food, beverage and hospitality; forestry; goods and services tax; health; health and safety; immigration and relocation; information, communications and technology; infrastructure and projects; insurance; intellectual property; international; international trade – customs and excise; joint ventures; litigation and dispute resolution; Maori; media; mergers and acquisitions; overseas investment; privacy and data protection; private equity and venture capital; project finance; property and real estate; property finance; public law; regulatory investigations and prosecutions; residential property; restructuring and insolvency; securitisation; structured finance; takeovers; tax; tax disputes and litigation; transport; trusts, asset and estate planning; water, waste and contamination.

Number of lawyers : 194
at this office : 145
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Bell Gully has further strengthened the senior ranks of its corporate and resource mana​gement teams with the appointment of two new senior associates, Ryan Ellis ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​and ​​​Jill Gregory​.


Bell Gully advises Orion Health Group Limited on its transaction with private equity technology inve

​​​Bell Gully advised NZX/ASX listed company Orion Health Group Limited (Orion Health) on its agreement in relation to Orion Health's Rhapsody and Population Health businesses with private equity technology investor Hg. Hg is a specialist technology private equity investor with funds of c.£10 billion under management.


Bell Gully releases ninth Pro Bono and Community report

Many of the charitable organisations we partner with work tirelessly raising awareness for groups in society that are marginalised and unheard. They strive to give them a voice and the practical support they need to thrive.​


Bell Gully advises software company Gentrack on accelerated entitlement offer

Bell Gully is advising NZX/ASX listed company Gentrack on an accelerated entitlement offer as it seeks to raise approximately NZD$90 million to pay down debt from recent acquisitions. Gentrack provides essential software services to utilities companies and airports.​


Bell Gully wins Deal Firm of the Year at the 2018 Australasian Law Awards

Bell​ Gully is delighted to have won the top New Zealand award, Deal Firm of the Year, at the 2018 Australasian Law Awards.


Bell Gully leads in M&A league tables for 2017

Bell Gully has retained its market-leading position as a legal adviser for mergers and acquisitions, according to two major international league tables released in January.


Bell Gully competition team awarded ‘Elite’ global ranking

Bell Gully’s competition team has secured an ‘Elite’ ranking from the Global Competition Review’s GCR100 global survey of the world’s leading competition law practices for a 13th consecutive year.


Bell Gully announces two new partners and nine senior appointments

Bell Gully is pleased to announce the appointment of two new partners, a new special counsel and eight new senior associates. The new partners are corporate specialist Laura Littlewood and commercial litigator Jesse Wilson.


Bell Gully performs strongly in top legal directories

The latest results from leading legal directories The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia Pacific confirm Bell Gully’s leading position in the New Zealand legal market.


Bell Gully releases eighth Pro Bono and Community report

Bell Gully releases eighth Pro Bono and Community report

Monday 24 July 2017

​​​New Zealand’s communities are supported by a diverse range of charitable organisations, many of which have come up with inventive approaches to address areas of need.

​​At Bell Gully we support these initiatives in the best way we can - by providing free legal advice - so charities can direct their resources towards helping our local communities thrive. Last year, the value of our pro bono work exceeded our NZ$1 million fee equivalent budget.


Bell Gully tops first quarter M&A league tables

​Bell Gully has topped the three major international league tables for mergers and acquisitions in the first quarter of 2017, extending the market-leading position the firm held in 2016.