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 has one of the broadest banking and finance practices in New Zealand, with recent work spanning acquisition funding for major M&A transactions, New Zealand dollar-denominated debt issuance for offshore issuers and a growing number of securitisations. In corporate lending, debt capital markets structured finance and regulatory matters, the firm frequently has a presence in the most significant transactions, be it for banks or borrowers. Among its blue-chip clients are ANZ Bank, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Air New Zealand. Led by derivatives expert David Craig in Wellington, where infrastructure finance specialist Hugh  Kettle also works, the four-partner group also has a deep bench of talent in Auckland, with leading securitisation lawyer Murray King and acquisition finance and debt restructuring partner David McPherson considered leaders in their fields.

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Testimonials

‘An excellent finance practice, staffed with an exceptionally strong group of partners and associates who take a pragmatic and commercial approach to the matters they take on. Easy to deal with, efficient and always available. A true standout in the NZ market.’

‘David McPherson is a senior finance partner who is one of the most trusted and respected practitioners in the NZ market, and has been for many, many years. He is very measured in his tone and explains things in a calm, clear manner.’

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

SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Vector

Competition law Tier 1

The competition practice at Bell Gully is 'very commercially focused and is interested in practical solutions rather than theoretical legal issues'. Combining corporate and litigation specialists, the practice handled more than 30 merger transactions in 2019, numerous behavioural investigations and the Commerce Commission’s first market study. Among the large mergers in which it provided competition law advice was the sale of Vodafone New Zealand Limited to a consortium of Infratil and Brookfield Asset Management Limited for NZ$3.4bn. The bulk of the practice is in Auckland, where lead partner Torrin Crowther is 'able to distil and communicate complex, technical legal issues in a very accessible way'. Simon Ladd and newly promoted partner Glenn Shewan were joined by senior associate Penny Pasley, who returned after four years at Linklaters LLP in London. Litigation partner Jenny Stevens in Wellington also specialises in competition law.

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Testimonials

‘The Bell Gully competition team is very commercially focused and understand that our business is interested in practical solutions rather than theoretical ‘legal’ issues. Whereas other firms can get caught up in the black-letter law, Bell Gully provides a much more risk-based analsysis and approach to giving advice.’

‘Torrin Crowther provides very commercially-oriented advice. He understands that the audience for advice is often the business rather than the legal team and is able to distil and communicate complex, technical legal issues in a very accessible way. Torrin also has an in-depth knowledge of the business and the industry which is a huge value-add when considering issues.’

Key clients

Fletcher Building

BP

Vodafone

Air New Zealand

Elanco Animal Health

Mylan N.V.

Goodman Fielder

ANZ

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Bell Gully has a corporate practice that is 'second to none in NZ', according to one client, who notes that 'their service to clients is exceptional and their technical expertise of top international standard'. Consistently involved in many market-leading deals, the firm recently advised Vodafone Group on its sale of Vodafone New Zealand to a consortium of Infratil and Brookfield Asset Management Limited for NZ$3.4bn, one of the country's largest-ever transactions. Competition law partner Torrin Crowther in Auckland and energy sector specialist David Coull in Wellington oversee the 16-partner practice. Auckland-based partners Anna Buchly, James Gibson, Brynn Gilbertson, Haydn Wong, Glenn Joblin, the newly promoted Jennifer Coote and, in Wellington, firm deputy chair Amon Nunns are among the firm's standout practitioners.

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Testimonials

‘Bell Gully’s corporate team is second to none in NZ. Their service to clients is exceptional and their technical expertise of top international standard.’

‘Brynn Gilbertson is a statesman of corporate law in NZ. A steady and wise guiding hand to his clients, with a supreme depth of knowledge and understanding of the law.’

‘Jenn Coote is an up-and-coming junior partner with a sharp and enquiring mind. James Cooney provides insightful and commercial advice. Highly recommended.’

‘They provide very strong commercial perspective, with pragmatic solutions.’

‘They try to think ahead to potential pitfalls both from a negotiating position but also deal execution perspective.’

‘The firm provides a thoughtful, comprehensive service that considers the wider aspects of our business. Good depth of experience and a full-service team.’

‘David Coull is not afraid to challenge the question being asked to ensure that we are truly getting value from the advice.’

‘Bell Gully is consistently commercial, pragmatic and strong in its M&A capabilities. The local and international knowledge and expertise across corporate, technology, data and privacy is invaluable.’

‘Bell Gully’s advice is also succinct and actionable and the team are always are pleasure to work with.’

‘We don’t have an in-house legal team, so utilise Bell Gully’s expertise across a broad range of legal fields. Bell Gully partners are available to us at short notice and provide high-quality advice.’

‘We have had particularly strong advice from Torrin Crowther with regard to competition issues, and he is a nationwide leader in this field.’

‘The firm is known for excellent responsiveness and turnaround times. They know and understand our business intimately. They are easy to deal with and provide practical, strategic, results-based advice.’

‘Toby Sharpe is an extremely knowledgeable corporate lawyer. He is incredibly responsive to our needs as a business. He has a deep knowledge of the law and is able to distil complicated concepts into easy to understand, practical solutions. He has a “can do” attitude which makes briefing them a pleasure.’

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 'provides clear, concise advice and is always available to discuss matters', says a client who adds 'I appreciate their pragmatic approach'. The firm's work encompasses commercial and corporate disputes, class actions, regulatory and competition investigations, as well as matters arising in key sectors such as construction, insurance, insolvency, media and Maori law. Among its flagship cases was its work for Asia Pacific Village Group in High Court proceedings concerning the termination of a NZ$1.5bn purchase agreement. Practice head David Friar in Auckland and deputy Rachael Brown in Wellington oversee the 12-partner group. Simon Ladd, Sophie East, Jesse Wilson and up-and-coming partner Tim Fitzgerald, who handles banking, corporate and regulatory matters, are recommended in Auckland. In Wellington, Jenny Stevens frequently handles large-scale contractual disputes and negligence claims. The firm has a strong team of associates, among whom is senior associate Blair Keown, who focuses on financial markets and complex commercial disputes.

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Testimonials

‘The Bell Gully dispute resolution team provides clear, concise advice and is always available to discuss matters. I appreciate their pragmatic approach.’

‘Sophie East is a safe pair of hands. She has a calm manner but would be a daunting opponent with her tough negotiating skills.’

‘Senior associate Richard Massey provides clear and reasoned advice. He is easy to deal with and has an in-depth knowledge of the law.’

‘Tim Fitzgerald has helped us to respond to several tricky and contestable positions lately. He’s been able to get to the issue particularly quickly and provide a clear, and articulate piece of advice that we’ve found immensely helpful.’

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 is a full-service law firm where the workflow for the insurance practice continues to grow year-on-year, both in terms of transactional advice, insurance claims and litigation. The firm is regarded as a leading adviser on large corporate transactions for insurers, but it also has specialist expertise in insurance litigation. This has resulted in its leading role in important test cases in the insurance sector, including the on-going representation of Fletcher Construction Company Limited in a case arising from a fire at the New Zealand International Conference Centre in late 2019. The firm also has a leading advocacy role in relation to two significant areas of law reform for the sector, the Financial Markets (Conduct of Institutions) Amendment Bill and the Insurance Contracts Bill. David Friar and Simon Ladd lead the six-partner practice from Auckland.

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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 provides 'timeliness of advice and, without exception, ease and enjoyment of the work'. A key adviser on legislative reform and issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, the firm has an employment practice that supports national and international organisations in dealing with government support packages, leave and holiday pay entitlements, employment restructurings and dismissals. It also advises on engagement with unions. Tim Clarke in Auckland leads the group and is an experienced litigator in labour and health and safety matters. Up-and-coming partner Liz Coats is 'calm, clear and fantastic to work with'. Senior associate Rosemary Wooders is also recommended. Rachael Brown, who led a team responsible for the establishment of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, is the key partner in Wellington.

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Testimonials

‘Liz Coates is calm, clear and able to provide assurances to lawyers and senior management throughout our business about how the employment dispute market works here in NZ. Fantastic to work with.’

‘Bell Gullly has been excellent in my dealings with them over a number of years now’

‘The responsiveness of the team with Rachael Brown at the helm and their ability to continually deliver during an extremely challenging period has been exemplary – thank you.’

‘The entire group and the board have been incredibly well supported in their work. Various members of the board have had direct engagement with the team and they collectively speak of the ease of the interaction, timeliness of advice and without exception the ease and enjoyment of the work.’

‘Very responsive, providing very client-centred expert advice that is both legal and pragmatic.’

Key clients

New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology

Ministry of Education

Rocket Lab

Department of Corrections

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing

Todd Corporation

Goodman Fielder

PHARMAC

Hawaiian Airlines

AIA

Lyttelton Port Company

Vodafone New Zealand

Sime Darby Motor Company

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.

Testimonials

‘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 Bell Gully tax practice is 'incredibly professional and technical - you have confidence that they will provide the correct answer'. The firm has one of the largest specialist tax practice in New Zealand, with 16 lawyers handling tax aspects of significant corporate transactions, tax advisory work and precedent-setting tax disputes. The firm also has a busy private client tax practice, and is a leading adviser on indirect tax and customs and excise matters. Mathew McKay in Auckland leads the three-partner practice. Willy Sussman, New Zealand’s only specialist indirect tax lawyer, and Graham Murray are highly respected in the market. Special counsel Campbell Pentney and litigator Hayden Roberts are also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The Bell Gully tax team is incredibly professional and technical. You have confidence that they will provide the correct technical answer, and where areas are grey, trust them to advise how to manage risk. The team is exceptional in the M&A space and has incredible attention to detail. You can also trust the team to turn around urgent matters incredibly quickly. The tax team also works incredibly close to other areas of the practice to ensure tax outcomes are optimised.’

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 climbs the ranking having played a key role in large M&A transactions that involved intricate technology agreements. Among these was its  work for Vodafone Group plc on the sale of Vodafone NZ to an investment consortium, which included the three crucial inter-company technology agreements. The firm is also active in public sector technology procurement, as well as assisting early-stage companies in areas such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity with capital raising. Dean Oppenhuis in Wellington and experienced media lawyer and litigator Alan Ringwood are the lead partners. In Auckland, litigator Tania Goatley advises on media, advertising and privacy law, and corporate partner Laura Littlewood is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘Bell Gully’s advice is consistently commercial, pragmatic and actionable. The local and international knowledge and expertise across technology, data and privacy is invaluable.’

‘Laura Littlewood’s depth of current local and international knowledge and expertise across corporate, technology, data and privacy is invaluable for our business. She is skilled in providing commercial, practical outcomes and advice, particularly in relation to digital strategies, innovations and disruptive technologies. She is also a pleasure to deal with.’

‘A very commercial team that understands our business well and can balance risk and opportunity. The team are really flexible in term of how they engage with our business, and are able to flex approach and resourcing to meet our needs. Because they understand our business and context, they can give solid and fast advice that aligns with what we need.’

‘Dean Oppenhuis is very solid and user-friendly, commercial and pragmatic. He doesn’t sweat small stuff and will offer a broader market and commercial perspective – not just law – which is hugely valuable.’

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 'an excellent firm with practical, pragmatic and empathetic lawyers throughout their organisation'. The firm involves partners from many specialist practice areas to advise clients in the transport sector. The work focuses on every aspect of relevant law from competition to projects and construction law. The key partners are practice head and competition specialist Torrin Crowther in Auckland, along with Wellington-based projects specialists Hugh Kettle and Andrew Beatson, and commercial property partner David Chisnall. Environment and resource management partner Natasha Garvan in Auckland is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘Bell Gully are an excellent firm, with practical, pragmatic and empathetic lawyers throughout their organisation. This was particularly evident through Covid-19 lockdown where the firm made a particularly nice decision to provide frequent and relevant updates on the unfolding legal issues – rent relief, restructuring the workforce and corporate governance generally. The information was provided gratis on their website, and was an excellent way to provide relevant and helpful information during a particularly difficult period.’

‘The Auckland market isn’t short of good lawyers, but Bell Gully has a particular style and culture of pragmatism, engagement and excellence that I haven’t found elsewhere.’

‘Torrin Crowther tends to have a very good overview of the freight market generally. He is proactive in engaging on developing issues and helpful in formulating a strategic approach both to his practice area – competition law – and to resourcing work within Bell Gully to any particular issues that emerge from our business.’

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 has an impressive roster of blue-chip clients to which it provides support for the IP aspects of large M&A transactions. The main focus of the practice is on high-level strategic work in major corporate transactions, though it also handles critical trade mark matters for large domestic and international companies. Alan Ringwood in Auckland leads the IP and media law practice and is the firm's longest-serving partner. Special counsel Sooyun Lee manages one of the biggest trade mark practices among the non-IP specialist firms. Litigation partner Tania Goatley handles media, advertising and IP matters.

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Key clients

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

'The firm has the depth of resource to ensure it performs on time, all the time', says a client of Bell Gully. The firm advises numerous managed funds and supervisory organisations. It also has a firm focus on regulatory developments and compliance issues, advising many clients on change to the financial advisory and investment management regimes, including remediation, risk analysis, licensing and compliance activity. The 'accessible, efficient and highly effective' Haydn Wong in Auckland leads the group, in which Wellington-based partner Amon Nunns plays a prominent role. Senior associate Katie Dow in Auckland is also recommended for her 'impressive expertise'.

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Testimonials

‘Haydn Wong and Katie Dow have both the technical knowledge and commercial judgment to best advise our business.’

‘Haydn Wong is very accessible, efficient and highly effective. Katie Dow has impressive expertise and understands our business.’

‘The firm has a full-service legal practice and a very experienced and outstanding team of people providing legally impeccable and value-driven results.’

‘Amon Nunns ensures the team performs to his – and the client’s – expectations. The firm has the depth of resource to ensure it performs on time, all the time.’

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

The Auckland office of Bell Gully is a key adviser to New Zealand's major banks, as well as IPs. The firm is currently involved in some of the most high-profile insolvencies in the market, including the receivership of Burger King franchise operator Antares Restaurant Group and the administration of CBL Group. The firm's work encompasses restructurings, insolvencies, receiverships and liquidations, with non-contentious matters and disputes featuring strongly in its caseload. David McPherson, who frequently handles debt restructuring, distressed debt acquisitions and receiverships, leads the practice, in which partner Tim Fitzgerald and senior associate Nick Moffatt play key roles.

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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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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 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.