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

Banking and finance Tier 1

Recognised for its 'extremely high quality banking and finance expertise' Bell Gully's market-leading practice is spearheaded by David Craig (based in Wellington) and continues to be sought after for its expertise in acquisition funding, and on-going demand for New Zealand dollar-denominated debt by offshore issuers, advisory work and securitisations. Auckland based Murray King is considered a leader in the securitisation market, and David McPherson is trusted counsel for lenders and borrowers on high-value acquisition and debt restructurings. Leading New Zealand's only specialist derivatives practice, Craig advised ASX-listed Xero on the New Zealand elements of its US$700m Convertible Note issue, with such notes listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange and used to buy back Xero’s existing US$300m guaranteed convertible notes due in 2023 and to pay for potential acquisitions. Jennifer Gunser and senior associates Sam Dykes and Zac Kedgley-Foot are the other central figures in the team.  

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‘The BG Banking & Finance team have extremely high quality banking and finance expertise. They couple this knowledge with efficient and timely turn arounds on all key requests and engage proactively to ensure they understand and provide advice and solutions with a long term focus. ‘

‘David Craig has supported us from inception with our banking & finance legal requirements. Extremely experienced and knowledgeable of the industry and our company specific legal considerations with regard to our banking & finance structures.’

‘Zac Kedgley-Foot has provided high quality support as we’ve worked through structuring issues on our debt facilities, providing commercial & sound advice to achieve successful outcomes and ensuring things are turned around as efficiently as possible.’

Key clients

Air New Zealand

ANZ Bank New Zealand

Bank of New Zealand

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (including ASB Bank)

Fletcher Building Limited

JP Morgan

Deutsche Bank

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

The New Zealand Treasury

Competition law Tier 1

The competition practice at Bell Gully is 'one of the handful of pure competition law teams in the country which means they have the best gauge of the regulator's pulse' and are engaged in a large number of multijurisdictional mergers raising New Zealand issues, various cartel matters and restrictive trade practices investigations. The practice actively assists clients with broader regulatory and compliance issues, such as the latest amendments to make cartel conduct a criminal offence which came into force in April, and potential changes to the law around the misuse of market power. Practice head Torrin Crowther led a team which included senior associate Penny Pasley, in advising Elanco Animal Health Incorporated on its agreement with Bayer AG to acquire its animal health business in a transaction worth US$6.9 bn. Glenn Shewan advises major blue-chip clients such as Mylan and B.P on regulatory and legislative policies, cartel investigations, misuse of market power issues and major M&A transactions. On the contentious side, Simon Ladd and Jenny Stevens are top defence counsel for cartel proceedings and Commerce Commission investigations. All individuals are based in Auckland.

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‘One of the handful of pure competition law teams in the country which means they have the best gauge of the regulator’s pulse.’

‘Torrin Crowther is the best competition lawyer in the country both technically but more importantly in terms of pragmatism and providing easily understood advice at all levels of a client’s organisation.’

‘Torrin has a unique ability to assess the particular pressures that face our business. His in-depth understanding of both the economic realities of our business and operations and how these might be considered in any particular assessment made by the Commerce Commission is invaluable.’

Key clients

Fletcher Building

BP

Vodafone

Air New Zealand

Elanco Animal Health

Mylan N.V.

Goodman Fielder

ANZ

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

'Knowledgeable and user friendly' Bell Gully is a well established New Zealand commercial practice which is noted for its handling of high value M&A, demergers and joint ventures in the energy, finance, consumer goods and construction sectors. James Cooney  advised BGH Capital and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board on their NZ$136 million takeover of NZX-listed Abano Healthcare Group by way of scheme of arrangement, while Dean Alderton  advised Asahi Beverages on the acquisition of Allpress Espresso, a premium New Zealand coffee brand. Capital markets, private equity and corporate governance are also significant areas of work. Anna Buchly advises the firms' private equity clients on their investment in New Zealand. She worked alongside James Gibson on EQT’s first investment into Oceania, by way of it acquisition by a scheme of arrangement of NZX listed Metlifecare, by EQT's Infrastructure IV Fund. All individuals are based in Auckland. In Wellington, names to note are oil and gas lawyer David Coull  and firm deputy chair, Amon Nunns , for corporate acquisitions.

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‘Well established NZ practise. Strong oil and gas expertise. Knowledgeable, user friendly and always delivers.’

‘David Coull is a recognized expert in upstream oil and gas legal matters in NZ. He is smart, quick to adapt but is very good at clearly articulating the key principles of any deal/issue. very responsive and thorough.’

Key clients

Vodafone Group Plc

Apax Partners LLP

Fletcher Building Limited

Resolution Life Group Holdings Limited

Westland Co-operative Dairy Company Limited

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Port of Napier Limited

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd

Skycity Entertainment Group

Rugbypass

GWA Group Limited

Investore Property Limited

Synlait Milk Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Bell Gully's dispute resolution practice maintains a top-tier rank owing to its breadth of experience appearing as senior counsel at trial and on appeal at all levels of the New Zealand court system, with particular prominence in commercial and corporate disputes, insurance, public law disputes, Maori law, and a growing white collar crime practice. The practice has added considerable talent and cross-border expertise to its litigation team with the hire of six new senior associates, many of whom were recruited from London offices of international firms, in addition to the partnership promotion of Kirsty Dobbs and Blair Keown. Simon Ladd and Keown successfully defended Genesis Energy in High Court proceedings concerning novel claims of its alleged responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions. Practice head David Friar continues to act for The Fletcher Construction Company in relation substantial insurance claims regarding responsibility for fire damage that began at the New Zealand International Conference Centre in late 2019. Sophie East  is often seen leading complex commercial, banking and finance disputes and arbitrations. Often supported by senior associate Richard Massey, clients praise say the duo 'make a great team and provide clear and pragmatic advice.' Tim Fitzgerald  has a strong insolvency, regulatory investigation and proceeding practice, while Jesse Wilson is of note for company law and construction disputes. All named individuals are based in Auckland. In Wellington, Jenny Stevens has a busy litigious competition law practice, which is complemented by Dobbs' experience in oil and gas, health law and judicial reviews.

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‘Sophie East, Partner, is calm and directive. She has the ability to look outside the square when problem solving.’

‘Richard Massey, Senior Associate, writes clearly and concisely. He has the ability to digest complicated matters quickly to help problem solve.’

‘Sophie East and Richard Massey make a great team. They provide clear and pragmatic advice. They divide and conquer as necessary so that we can keep a lid on expenses.’

‘The Bell Gully team are extremely competent and hard working. Their availability is exceptional, and they respond in a timely fashion and provide clear guidance.’

‘Standout partners: David Friar and Tim Fitzgerald. Both provide excellent advice regarding merits of disputes and strong tactical advice how to navigate disputes. Both have also got us out of ambiguous situations – David by making an exceptional case around taking a modern interpretation to antiquated legislation, and Tim in systematically demolishing a suppliers usurious and opportunistic claim against us. ‘

‘I always value Bell Gully’s advice as being honest and their commercial view of the likelihood of success and options to improve our bargaining position. I see them more than solicitors, they are trusted advisers.’

 

Key clients

Air New Zealand

ANZ Bank New Zealand

ASB Bank

Commerce Commission

Downer Construction Ltd

Frucor Beverages Ltd

Genesis Energy Ltd

KordaMentha

Millennium & Copthorne Hotel Group

Ngai Tahu

PwC

Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd

Suncorp Group

The Fletcher Construction Company Ltd

Vodafone New Zealand Ltd

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Winc Australia Pty Ltd

Insurance Tier 1

Bell Gully‘s ‘strategically minded and careful nuanced approach‘ has helped solidify its strong market position and activity in high-profile M&A transactions and cutting-edge insurance cases, for example, advising on the AU$3.0 billion acquisition of AMP’s life insurance and related businesses by Resolution Life. It has also worked with the Insurance Council of New Zealand and the insurers on a landmark natural disaster response model agreement with the Earthquake Commission. The practice undertakes a substantial amount of insurance claims work, acting for Southern Response, Vero,  AMP Life and Southern Cross in complex court cases. Litigators David Friar and Simon Ladd are the key figures for significant corporate claims, are are supported by Glenn Joblin  on transactional matters and regulatory compliance. All individuals are based in Auckland.

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‘Bell Gully are very strategically minded and have a careful nuanced approach that is designed to try to engage the other side, to try and help them understand the issues as much as we do, so that a negotiated outcome is possible.’

‘Simon Ladd is very measured, yet confident. When he articulates a position it is thoughtful and his views are well respected. He is always keen to seek non-litigation solutions, while still maintaining all options for his client.’

‘Large multi-disciplined firm with high capability. Each partner has their particular area of expertise which is readily available to all clients.’

‘Simon Ladd – Partner. Experienced litigator and highly strategic. Excellent communicator and always available.’

Key clients

AIA New Zealand Limited

AMP Life Limited and Resolution Life Group Holdings Limited

Aon plc

Cigna Corporation

IAG New Zealand Limited

Insurance Council of New Zealand

Medical Assurance Society NZ Limited

Southern Cross Medical Care Society

Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited

Tower Limited

Vero Insurance New Zealand Limited

Labour and employment Tier 1

Bell Gully’s team ‘is highly knowledgeable and able to provide advice in a balanced way that includes elements of risk management and commercial considerations’. The sizeable practice has expanded its corporate employment advisory and litigious offering with the arrival of experienced senior associates Sarah McFetridge in Auckland and in Wellington, Andrea Pazin, who lends her expertise acting for overseas clients and those operating within the education sector. The practice is regarded for its handling restructuring and redundancy issues as well as industrial relations engagements, and health and safety matters. Key names in Auckland include practice head and litigator Tim Clarke, who is active on health and safety prosecutions and compliance issues, and Liz Coats, who ‘has a fantastic approach’ in relation to supporting corporate transactions, industrial relations and dispute settlement. Rosemary Wooders goes ‘above and beyond to make the law accessible’. Rachael Brown  is the main contact in Wellington.

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‘The team is highly knowledgeable and able to provide advice in a balanced way that includes elements of risk management and commercial considerations.’

‘Liz Coats – has a fantastic approach and always provides a view to assist with our decision making.’

‘Rosemary Wooders goes above and beyond to make the law accessible. She always has time to explain concepts which enables you to build your knowledge. As well as providing legal advice to my company Rosemary has taken the time mentor me in my legal studies. This shows not only a commitment to providing quality legal advice but also to supporting the profession by building future legal capabilities.’

‘Provides knowledgeable and definitive advice. Responds promptly to queries – has a pragmatic approach to solving problems and proposing solutions.’

‘Tim Clarke and his team provide excellent advice and it is a pleaseure working with them.’

‘Rachael Brown was outstanding. Her astuteness, approachability and quiet humour, combined with her expertise and wisdom, made a somewhat tortuous situation navigable.’

Key clients

Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology

Ministry of Education

Rocket Lab

Department of Corrections

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing

Todd Corporation

Projects and resources management (including environment) Tier 1

Bell Gully 'always provides exceptional service and appropriate levels of expertise'. The firm has a deep bench of talent across all areas of resource management, projects and environmental law, and it consistently acts for central government, local government and private sector clients in some of the most high-profile matters in the market. In Wellington, the 'pragmatic, commercially astute' Andrew Beatson leads on resource management, David Coull on energy and Hugh  Kettle on infrastructure. Simon Watt advises on public sector procurement and senior associate Claire Harmsworth is also recommended. In Auckland, up-and-coming partner Natasha Garvan is a highly regarded environmental and resource management law specialist.

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‘Resource management and environmental law are significant elements in the work of Bell Gully’s Projects and Resource Management practice. The team always provides exceptional service and appropriate levels of expertise. My “go-to” team for planning and RM advice.’

‘Andy Beatson is pragmatic, commercially astute and extensively experienced. He is a standout practitioner in resource management and environmental matters. Great to have on the team!’

‘An exceptional team with an excellent ability to focus on the key issue and deliver a workable outcome.’

‘Andrew Beatson sees the big picture and dissects this down to what you need to achieve the result you are after.’

‘Natasha Garvan is extremely efficient and has an excellent manner in dealing with opponents.’

Key clients

Barton NZ Limited / The Barton Group

Contact Energy Limited

First Gas Limited

Meridian Energy Limited

New Zealand Oil & Gas Limited

Ofer Group

Trans-Tasman Resources Limited

Transpower New Zealand

Wellington Electricity Limited

Auckland Transport

Supporting Growth Alliance

City Rail Link Limited

CentrePort Limited

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Housing New Zealand (Kainga Ora)

Marlborough District Council

Meridian Energy Limited

Port Marlborough New Zealand Limited

Tainui Group Holdings

Transpower New Zealand Limited

Crown Infrastructure Partners

Department of Corrections

Housing New Zealand

Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities

Ministry of Defence

Ministry of Education

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

Te Waihanga – The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission

The Treasury

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Bell Gully has a deep bench of talent and is frequently involved in the largest real estate and construction projects in the market. Its recent work has seen the firm play central roles in nationally significant projects, including several city transformation projects and the development of significant Crown, public sector and local authority assets. Projects and real estate partner Andrew Petersen and construction partner Ian Becke in Auckland, along with construction specialist David Chisnall in Wellington, are the lead partners. Jane Holland, who specialises in commercial leasing and development projects and is now on the Executive Committee of the Property Council of New Zealand, and construction litigation partner Simon Ladd are also recommended in Auckland, as is newly promoted partner Toni Forrest in Wellington who is 'exceptionally commercially savvy and solutions-focused'.

Testimonials

‘Jane Holland takes the time to engage well with the issues that the business is facing, practical in how she delegates the work throughout her team of very capable lawyers who each deliver great work, on time and on point.’

‘Bell Gully has supported the development and subsequent award of a major civil works contract. They provided current market thinking and risk apportionment considerations to the process and the outcome was to the highest standards.’

‘Ian Becke in particular is very down to earth and always provides advice that is easily understood and has real context to the project or subject matter that is being discussed.’

‘They are very specialised in this sector and have lots of experience. Based on their knowledge and experiences they give practical advice. Also they are consist of several particular groups which means that their advice is reliable in any circumstances. Partner Karl Anderson is our main contact.’

‘We have been working them for seven years. I think they are very professional and reliable lawyers. I have several good memories in which we had overcome situations. Apart from their skill and knowledge, they are good people. They understand what we need and what is our ultimate goal. I am pretty sure that I can introduce them to my friends as best lawyers in NZ.’

‘One of the best, leading legal firms in NZ. Their strongest points compared to other firms are deep legal expertise, covering all areas of the commercial, transactional and real estate fields. The partners are very strong individually.’

‘Ian Becke is a leading real estate partner with international experience and strong local real estate knowledge who is very commercial and highly client-focused.’

‘This team – particularly  partner Toni Forrest – is particularly solutions-focused. The team is able to not only identify the issues and possible solutions to a problem but to go further to help us find a pathway through that issue in a way that mitigates risk and achieves our organisation’s objectives. The team has been working with our in-house team for less than two years and in my experience it is really rare to have a team so quickly understand our complex organisation’s objectives, risks and drivers in the way that Bell Gully has done.’

‘Toni Forrest is the definition of a trusted advisor. She is exceptionally commercially savvy, solutions-focused and extremely approachable. In a complex organisation like ours, we need advisors who can understand not only the legal and commercial risk the organisation faces, but also reputational and commercial risk. Toni does this effortlessly.’

‘The firm has very good property industrt knowledge that is provided to the client in a very practical and supportive manner.’

‘Its strength is in the relationship between the parties and the ability to “cut to the chase’ and deliver solutions and support without unnecessary rigmarole.’

Key clients

Auckland Transport

ANZ Bank

David Jones

Downer New Zealand Limited

Fletcher Building

Genesis Energy

Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Horizons Regional Council

Investec Property Limited

Invesco Real Estate

Kiwi Property Group

Owens Transport (Mainfreight)

New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga

Ngāi Tahu Property

PAG Real Estate

Port Marlborough

Port of Napier

Precinct Properties Limited

Saint Kentigern College

Stride Property

Tainui Group Holdings

Tāmaki Redevelopment Company

Taupo District Council

Tauranga City Council

Vero Insurance New Zealand Limited

Vital Healthcare Property Trust

Wellington City Council

Tax Tier 1

The 'very technically astute' Graham Murray leads the tax specialists at Bell Gully, housing a market leading corporate tax practice and noted for its skills handling complex tax controversies, Inland Revenue audits and transfer pricing disputes. The team demonstrates adeptness in private client tax and in indirect tax and customs and excise matter, as well as on tax aspects of migration and local property acquisitions and investments. On the contentious side, Mathew McKay, a 'trusted adviser and a safe pair of hands' together with Hayden Roberts make a strong duo acting for taxpayers throughout both the taxpayer disputes procedures and resulting litigation. Willy Sussman, specialises in indirect and private client taxation, together with 'swift, responsive and cost conscious' special counsel Campbell Pentney.

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We found the Bell Gully tax team to be extremely responsive, commercial and pragmatic – as well as very technically strong.’

‘We worked with Graham Murray (Partner) and thought Graham was brilliant. He managed to balance being very technically astute with commercial pragmatism. He was always quick to grasp complex technical issues (both UK and NZ) and deliver helpful practical advice. ‘

‘Mathew McKay always delivers high quality, commercial advice, on short turn-around times. When you are in a tight spot it is comforting to know that you have Mathew in your corner – he is a trusted adviser and a safe pair of hands.’

‘Hayden Roberts provides excellent customer service.’

‘Willy Sussman is my first point of contact and he takes a personal interest in providing an outstanding service.’

‘Bell Gully is incredibly professional and their subject matter experts in the area of taxation is technically very strong and capable. I am particularly impressed by their degree of integration/collaboration with their colleagues responsible for advising in other areas.’

‘Bell Gully is excellent to work with. They are our go to for New Zealand legal issues on complex topics, including cutting edge emerging technologies’

‘Campbell Pentney deserves special praise for being highly adept at tackling complex matters, as well as being swift, responsive and cost conscious.’

Key clients

Frucor / Danone

Fletcher Building Limited

SkyCity Entertainment Group

Vodafone Group Plc

Apax Partners

NorthWest Healthcare Management

Resolution Life

Bluestone Group

Westland Co-Operative Dairy

GraphPad

Jadestone Energy

Todd Energy

EQT Partners

Air Canada

Napier Port / Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Air New Zealand

TMT Tier 1

Bell Gully's TMT practice has an impressive track record advising governments and public bodies on nationally significant technology deals. Recent examples include working with the Department of Corrections on its cutting-edge Managed Cellular Communications agreements with Spark (and TeCore of the US) for the jamming of mobile phone communications in prisons. It also demonstrates skill in corporate matters, virtual reality and new technologies and advising on procurement and contractual arrangements. In Wellington, head of IT Dean Oppenhuis  and special counsel Susannah Shaw advised New Zealand-based global mobile app vendor Plexure Group on its agreement with US burger chain White Castle to use Plexure’s platform for mobile engagement with loyalty programmes. Auckland based litigator Tania Goatley is growing the media practice. Alan Rigwood retired from partnership.

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‘Key strength is breadth of experience at the intersection of commercial and technology. Generally consistent high quality across the team.’

‘Dean Oppenhuis great on strategic perspective. ‘

 

 

Key clients

Vodafone

Xero

Rocketlab

8i

Plexure Group

Graphpad

Cyber Toa

Crown Fibre Holdings (now Crown Infrastructure Partners)

Department of Internal Affairs

Department of Corrections

New Zealand Customs Service

Straker Translations

Air New Zealand

New Zealand Lotteries Commission

The Network for Learning

Centrality Investments

NZME

Bauer Media

APN News & Media

MediaWorks

TVNZ

Stuff

RadioNZ

Warner Bros

Netflix Luxembourg S.à.r.l.

Yahoo

Colenso BBDO

Bloomberg LP

Lime Technology

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

Bell Gully is a highly reputable transport practice with New Zealand’s most significant companies and operators such as Air New Zealand and Auckland Transport on its books. Wellingston based Andrew Beatson is a key figure in the resource management and infrastructure, having advised Port Marlborough and KiwiRail on a major proposed redevelopment of the Picton Ferry. Hugh Kettle focuses on major infrastructure projects and banking transactions, such as the Auckland Transport on the AMETI Eastern Busway Alliance. In Auckland, Natasha Garvan assists with environmental, policy and resource management.

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Air New Zealand

Auckland Transport

Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency

City Rail Limited

Port Marlborough

CentrePort

Tainui Group

Intellectual property Tier 2

Bell Gully ’s IP team is led by special counsel Sooyun Lee, who specialises in all aspects of trade mark and IP law. On the branding side, Lee is experienced with developing brand strategies, advising on brand registration, advertising regulations, as well as handling a growing number of trade mark infringement and oppositions. The practice demonstrates expertise on commercial aspects relating to IP, M&A, due diligence and licensing.

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Vodafone Group PLC

Apax Partners LLP

Resolution Life Group Holdings Limited

Westland Co-Operative Dairy Company Limited

ESW Holdings, Inc

Stride Property Group

Hellers Limited

Abbvie

Reckitt Benckiser

Frucor Suntory New Zealand Limited

Unilever

Abbvie

BMW

The Body Shop

Investment funds Tier 2

Bell Gully offers ‘an unrivalled depth of knowledge and experience in the area, which is coupled with an intense client focused ethic'. It’s main partner, Haydn Wong draws on his expertise in corporate law background and financial services to advise New Zealand’s largest fund managers and supervisors on many funds management, KiwiSaver, superannuation and insurance matters, fund establishment, portfolio rationalisation and issue resolution. In Wellington, ‘outstanding lawyerAmon Nunns  advises both listed and unlisted companies on public offers, private placements, employee share plans, stock exchange compliance and company and securities law. Special Council Katie Dow is recommended for unit trusts, superannuation, KiwiSaver and insurance.

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An unrivalled depth of knowledge and experience in the area, which is coupled with an intense client focused ethic.’

‘Amon Nunns is outstanding as a lawyer and valued commercial advisor. He runs a strong and cohesive team which delivers a comprehensive service.’

Key clients

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

Synlait Milk Limited

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Bell Gully consistently works on high-profile restructurings, insolvencies and property receiverships for New Zealand's leading receivers, banks and accounting firms. Recent work saw David McPherson and Tim Fitzgerald advise Antares Restaurant Group, the operator of the Burger King franchise in New Zealand and its directors, on its creditor compromise and the receivership of its holding company. Fitzgerald is an experience litigator for lenders and insolvency practitioners on claims against debtors, directors, auditors, and insurers. McPherson is an authority on debt restructuring, distressed debt acquisitions and receiverships.

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Key clients

PwC

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

KordaMentha

McGrath Nicol

KPMG

ASB Bank

BNZ

Grant Thornton

BDO

Ferrier Hodgson

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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Other offices : Wellington

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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 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 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 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.