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DLA Piper New Zealand
DLA PIPER TOWER, LEVEL 22
205 QUEEN STREET
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

Insurance Tier 1

DLA Piper New Zealand is 'a leader within our market - the service is prompt and cost-effective with a strong results driven focus'. Caroline Laband in Auckland leads the practice and is the key partner in the firm's caseload of residential earthquake claims, though she also focuses on insurance matters in the financial and professional services sector. The Auckland office is also home to newly promoted partners Misha Henaghan, who works with key clients Chubb and AIA, and Brad Cuff, whose broad practice includes acting for fire and general insurers covering material damage and business interruption, public and product liability, professional indemnity and statutory liability. Peter Leman in Wellington is a leading light in property and liability disputes, as well as the defence of professional indemnity claims.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Laband

Other key lawyers:

Peter Leman; Misha Henaghan; Brad Cuff; Richard Tosh; Sophie Hudson

Testimonials

“The team is practical and efficient, does not take pedantic issues and it is prepared to go to court when necessary.”

“Brad Cuff is an excellent practical insurance litigator, who has a great sense of when to settle and when to press on to court.”

“Peter Leman is a very able insurance lawyer and successful mediation lawyer.”

“Caroline Laband and Brad Cuff provide excellent service with a results-driven focus. Both are very personable and understand our business.”

“The firm stands out because of its long-standing understanding of the insurance sector in New Zealand and the quality of some of its partners. Over the past several years, it has been involved in several novel and complex insurance issues stemming from the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes and has acquired deep knowledge as a result.”

“They have been able to leverage their international links, particularly in Australia, around conduct and culture matters, which are now top of mind for insurers.”

“Caroline Laband and Peter Leman stand out as the two key individuals and ‘go-to’ people. Caroline is extremely thorough and across key issues and has won some big cases. Peter has a good understanding of the issues.”

“The team communicates very well and is interested in how we operate as an insurer. They take time to get to know our team members and the type of claims that we each handle.”

“The firm is happy to give guidance on matters that we are not appointing legal counsel on without charge.”

“Misha Henaghan is very personable and never rushes with explaining concepts or giving guidance. She is very positive and patient. Caroline Laband is also very good to work with – pragmatic and considered in her approach. Richard Tosh is a very safe pair of hands with all matters.”

“Well-organised and well-resourced, with their finger on the details, every member is focused. They were an absolute pleasure to work with.”

“Caroline Laband is still one of the best, if not the best, insurance solicitors in NZ. She manages her team very effectively, as well as carrying out her own role.”

“Peter Leman is very knowledgeable and practical.”

“Sophie Hudson is very good at having all the details and the source documents at her fingertips. She has all the knowledge and skills to be highly successful.”

“The team has a wealth of technical knowledge and expertise but always delivers pragmatic advice in way that means that they are a seamless extension of our in-house team. Another stand out is the alignment of the team’s values to our own operating philosophy.”

“Misha Henaghan can always be relied upon to provide pragmatic advice and specialist knowledge, and to meet tight deadlines. The senior associates in Misha’s team including Caroline Halliday and Sophie Hudson have a real understanding of our business, key priorities and drivers and this is reflected in their excellent service.”

“The firm has a collaborative style which works well with our philosophies and strategies. We work well as a team, communication is great and they are always happy to provide well thought out advice when required.”

“Peter Leman is very pragmatic and commercially aware, and he is resolution or outcome-focused in the first instance, as opposed to being overly litigious.”

Key clients

DUAL New Zealand Limited

Allianz Australia & NZ Insurance Limited

IAG New Zealand Limited

Zurich New Zealand

Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited

FMG

Chubb Insurance

AIG New Zealand Limited

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company Limited

Lloyd’s of London: Various syndicates not individually named

Insurance Council of New Zealand

Aon New Zealand

Marsh New Zealand

Crombie Lockwood (New Zealand) Limited

Cunningham Lindsey New Zealand Limited

Steadfast Group

AIA International Limited

Tower Insurance Limited

Holmes Consulting Group LP

Fidelity Investments Inc.

Medical Assurance Society

Aurecon

International Underwriting Agencies Limited

Rothbury Group

Nautilus Marine Underwriting Agency Pty

Investment funds Tier 1

DLA Piper New Zealand's national investment funds and financial services practice remains a key player in the market because of its in-depth knowledge of financial services law, including the Financial Markets Conduct Act, the Financial Advisers Act and the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act 2019. The firm advises on fund establishment, financial markets conduct (including insider trading, market manipulation and disclosure), listing rule compliance and fund investment, securities and derivatives trading. The practice is led by Tracey Cross in Auckland and, in Wellington, Alasdair McBeth and Rachel Taylor, who count managers, investment managers, financial service providers, custodians, distribution channels, administrators and supervisors among their clients. Wellington-based senior associates Tom Barnes and Neisha Mistry, and special counsel Nicole MacFarlane in Auckland, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Cross; Rachel Taylor; Alasdair McBeth

Testimonials

‘The firm has an ability to find a solution that works within the law and where the law is not clear, the willingness to find a position. Tom Barnes and Alasdair McBeth are awesome – they know their stuff and a great to work with.’

Key clients

Adminis Limited

Allianz Australia Insurance Limited

AMP Financial Services (NZ) Limited / AMP Capital Investors (New Zealand) Limited

Aon New Zealand

Bank of New Zealand

Britannia Financial Services Limited

BNP Paribas Securities Services

Board of Trustees of the National Provident Fund

Cove Limited

Covenant Trustee Services Limited

Defence Force Superannuation Scheme

Devon Funds Management Limited

EBT Capital Limited

Epoch Partners AG

Evergreen Capital Partners Limited

Fidelity Life Assurance Company Limited

Financial Advice New Zealand Incorporated

Fisher Fund Management Limited

Foodstuffs North Island Limited

Forsyth Barr Funds Management Limited

Forte Funds Management Limited

Government Superannuation Fund Authority

Greenplan Forestry Limited

Greenplan Holdings Limited

Harbour Asset Management Limited

Implemented Investment Solutions Limited

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

i-Select Limited

InvestNow Saving and Investment Service Limited

JMIS Limited/Clarity Funds Management Limited

Lifetime Asset Management Limited

Medical Assurance Society

Marsh Limited

Milford Asset Management Limited

New Zealand Fire Service Superannuation Scheme

Nikko Asset Management New Zealand Limited

Police Superannuation Scheme

Presbyterian Beneficiary Fund Trustee Limited

Presbyterian Church Property Trustees

Public Trust

PIMCO Australia Pty Limited

Perpetual Guardian

Ranfurly Strategic Limited

Russell Investment Management Limited

Staples Rodway Asset Management

Simplicity NZ Limited

Senior Trust Capital Limited/Senior Trust Management Limited

Trustees Executors Limited

Trustees of the Maritime KiwiSaver Scheme/Retirement Scheme

Trustees of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Staff Superannuation and Provident Fund

Trilogy Funds Management Limited

The Methodist Church of New Zealand Superannuation Fund

Westpac Banking Corporation

Banking and finance Tier 2

DLA Piper New Zealand in Auckland frequently handles the local aspects of international financings for the firm's global client base. It also has an impressive roster of domestic clients in key area such as fintech, corporate and institutional finance, debt capital markets, property and development finance, and financial regulation. Katie Carson leads the firm's finance, projects and restructuring practice. She acts for  domestic and international banks, VC and private equity funds, trustees and corporate borrowers. Among her key clients are Heartland Bank and Foodstuffs North Island. Up-and-coming partner Michael Thompson handles a broad range of property and development finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, corporate finance and restructuring. The practice added two senior counsels with the arrival of Randeep Robinson from HSBC and Nick Valentine from King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Katie Carson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm has a recently refreshed banking team that differs from its competitors by being part of a truly global network.”

“The banking & finance team is accessible, commercial, credible, timely with its inputs and fairly priced against its peers.”

“Michael Thompson has acted for me on a number of banking transactions; he is an effective communicator, understands our risk concerns and drivers, and protects our position.”

“Michael Thompson’s team is good at drafting trade finance facility agreements. It offers high-quality and very professional services.”

“Michael Thompson is a wonderful team leader.”

“It is a full service international firm that has presence in multiple jurisdictions. Bank of China is an international bank and the scope of DLA Piper’s operation gives us comfort that they can deal with all our banking needs.”

“The partners and lawyers are consummate professionals who act in the best interests of the clients. They provide value added services and advice and could be trusted to deliver the best results.”

“The team has great depth of experience, listens to its clients’ needs and understands how to deliver value.”

“Katie Carson’s attention to the matter at hand was our work was just as important as any other client, no matter the size or scale of the piece of work. Katie will engage others appropriately both to ensure excellence in the advice provided and also to ensure costs are considered in the realm of the advice required.”

Key clients

ASB Bank

Westpac New Zealand

Foodstuffs North Island

Bank of New Zealand

The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company

Heartland Bank

TSB Bank

FlexiGroup New Zealand

China Construction Bank (New Zealand) Limited

Bank of China

HSBC

Accel-KKR

ING

Rabobank

Harmoney

Competition law Tier 2

DLA Piper New Zealand has a strong reputation in competition law, market regulation, investigations and cartel allegations, and merger clearances for both local companies and multinationals. Among its clients are New Zealand’s largest supermarket group Foodstuffs North Island, for which it handles all competition and anti-trust matters, and international businesses such as Allianz Worldwide Partners and Pfizer. Mark Williamson, who focuses on non-contentious matters, and litigation head Iain Thain  lead the practice in Auckland. Williamson is a key adviser to Auckland Council and Foodstuffs. Thain and special counsel Alicia Murray handle competition matters as part of their broad dispute resolution practices.

Practice head(s):

Mark Williamson; Iain Thain

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Foodstuffs North Island

Expedia Inc

Rheem

Mondelez

Geofabrics New Zealand

Champion Flour Milling

Allianz Worldwide Partners

Wiri Oil Services

Pfizer

General Mills

PB Technologies

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

DLA Piper New Zealand acts for both domestic and international clients in complex corporate and commercial matters. Among its clients are multinationals, listed companies, private equity funds, private entities, charitable entities, government agencies, financial institutions and banks, and high net-worth individuals. Cross-border M&A specialist Martin Thomson in Auckland and Rachel Taylor in Wellington, who frequently advises listed companies and other public issuers, insurers, trustees, Crown entities, registrars and other corporates, are the lead partners. Martin Wiseman in Auckland is a long-term adviser to Foodstuffs North Island Limited, which dominates the domestic grocery market and is the country's second largest business. Pfizer and General Electric are also among his clients. Reuben Woods has extensive expertise in private equity, venture capital and iwi matters.

Practice head(s):

Martin Thomson; Rachel Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Martin Wiseman; Reuben Woods; Pavanie Edirisuriya; Sam Wilson; Jonathan Pitts; Neisha Mistry

Key clients

Seequent Limited

Ngai Tahu

Mitre 10

Accel-KKR

Finistere Ventures

IAG New Zealand (NZ’s largest general insurer)

TRG Renewable Resources New Zealand (The Rohatyn Group) (New York headquartered fund manager)

TOWER Limited (listed on the NZX)

AIG Insurance

Pfizer New Zealand Limited (global DLA Piper client)

Auckland Council (and its Council Controlled Organisations)

Farmers’ Mutual Group

Mondelez New Zealand (global DLA Piper client)

General Electric (global DLA Piper client)

Newell Brands (global DLA Piper client)

Yashili Group

Yorkshire Dairy Goats

Foodstuffs North Island Limited (NZ’s largest supermarket group and NZ’s second largest company/employer)

Yamaha Motor Ventures & Labaratory Silicon Valley, Inc.

Dechra Pharmaceuticals Plc

Dispute resolution Tier 2

DLA Piper New Zealand climbs the ranking this year and clients praise its 'responsiveness, knowledge of clients' business and proactiveness'. Veteran litigator Iain Thain, who has almost 30 years' experience in the market,  leads the practice from Auckland. Last year he handled the largest insolvency matter in New Zealand, handled a High Court test case brought for power companies with transmission lines running through New Zealand's 1.8m hectares of plantation forests, and was involved in judicial review proceedings in relation to politically, socially and economically significant proposals to restrict the hours of sale for alcohol products. Newly promoted partner Alicia Murray has particular experience in matters involving competition law, Financial Markets Conduct Act, Fair Trading Act, Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act and the Protected Disclosure Act. Special counsel Emma Moran in Wellington is a rising star.

Practice head(s):

Iain Thain

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Iain Thain is one of the best litigators in New Zealand.’

‘The firm has sound technical knowledge and a user-friendly manner.”

‘They are experts in our line of business, very knowledgeable, and we place a lot of trust in their comments.’

‘The team are very customer-focused, much more so than my experience of their competition. They don’t just deliver timely, pragmatic and well-priced advice, but they are proactive in ensuring customer satisfaction and delivering genuinely useful and targeted value adds.’

‘Emma Moran is an excellent lawyer – pragmatic, strategic and commercial and genuinely excellent in cutting straight to the key issues and delivering advice in a way that non-lawyers understand.’

‘The firm provides excellent service and extremely good knowledge, and it is easy to work with.’

‘The team exhibits incredible responsiveness. Callbacks are quick, qualified advice is freely and quickly given, with thorough follow up if required. I could not recommend Rachel Taylor highly enough. Responsiveness and quality of advice and absolutely key, and Rachel rocks.’

‘Rachel Taylor consistently ranks #1 in responsiveness and effectiveness in team surveys of suppliers and key members within those suppliers.’

Key clients

Foodstuffs North Island Limited and Foodstuffs South Island Ltd

Auckland Council

McGrathNicol

PB Technologies Ltd

Linsa Finance Ltd

Capital and Coast District Health Board

China Construction Bank

Heartland Bank

Mott MacDonald

Liquorland Ltd

Labour and employment Tier 2

DLA Piper New Zealand acts for domestic and global clients in employment and health and safety matters. Its work encompasses high-level strategic services for global, regional and local clients, cross-border matters, start-up advice for inbound organisations, corporate reorganisation, international mobility advice, support for M&A transactions, and investigations. Practice head Laura Scampion has almost 20 years' experience in advising employers, including listed companies, on non-contentious matters such as outsourcing projects, corporate restructures, multiple terminations and health and safety audits. Special counsel Melissa Johnston is a rising star. John Hannan  has moved to the Bar and Bankside Chambers.

Practice head(s):

Laura Scampion

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Johnston; Julia MacGibbon

Key clients

Pfizer

Fonterra (New Zealand’s largest company and employer)

Verizon Wireless

Foodstuffs (New Zealand’s largest supermarket group and NZ’s second largest company and employer)

IAG (NZ’s largest general insurer)

Zara

KPMG

Allianz

Sovereign/AIA

Auckland Council (and its Council Controlled Organisations)

Mondelez (Cadbury)

Newell Brands

CSG

Yashili Group

PB Technologies

High Performance Sport NZ

Local Cover Group

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Projects and resources management (including environment) Tier 2

'The team has a deep, practical understanding of projects and associated regulatory, commercial, and political environments', remarks a client of DLA Piper New Zealand who adds the lawyers 'unfailingly provide frank, pragmatic advice and realistic appraisals of project risk'. The firm frequently acts for Auckland Council, which is New Zealand's largest local government body, as well as other local authorities, central government departments and corporates in sectors such as retail and residential development. Stephen Quinn and Kerry Anderson in Wellington, along with Diana Hartley in Auckland, lead the practice. Quinn, who is a leading light in resource management, environmental law and building law, and Anderson are 'standout operators in this field'. Senior associate Emma Manohar in Wellington is a rising star.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Quinn; Kerry Anderson; Diana Hartley

Other key lawyers:

Anne Buchanan; Emma Manohar; Waldo Randal

Testimonials

“Stephen Quinn and Kerry Anderson have a depth of experience and a network of connections that are of significant benefit to clients, along with the formal litigation skills and team capacity necessary to ensure effective and efficient handling of any project, resource management, or environmental matter.”

“The firm has a strong regulatory and local government focus. It is experienced across the board in terms of regulatory decision-making as well as having a strong enforcement and prosecution team. Other large law firms simply do not have the experience in both these areas.”

“Stephen Quinn, Diana Hartley and Anne Buchanan are standout performers in the RMA and Local Government space. Their understanding of the Local Government environment is exceptional. This, combined with their ability to partner with the in-house legal team and business units, makes them stand out form competitors.”

“This practice is unique, as the lawyers appear to work in collaboration with one another as a team, to ensure that we are given the best legal support and advice. They are all very good lawyers, with a strong understanding of our area of practice and someone is always available to assist us. The team is friendly and approachable.”

“Diana Hartley, Stephen Quinn, Anne Buchanan and Waldo Randal are competent and capable lawyers. They deliver work on time, have a wide range of experience in our practice area, and represent us professionally and competently in court. What makes them different to their competitors, is that they appear to work as a team, rather than competing against one another. They also seem to get on well and have a good working environment.”

“The response time is very fast and I always have faith in the legal advice. The speed with which I get a response is what sets DLA Piper apart from other firms I deal with.”

“Stephen Quinn is a standout lawyer who always provides fast, timely responses. He often adds value by being willing to talk through different approaches to a problem, not just from a legal perspective, but also from a governance, political and community point of view.”

“Kerry Anderson has a great ethic of client service. She does the obvious and simple things that professionals ought to do – but often don’t – really well. She is responsive and proactive via email and phone. Advice is timely and pragmatic.”

“Kerry Anderson is strong on strategy and exploring different ways to get the outcome we are after. She is a valued and trusted advisor.”

Key clients

Auckland Council

The Department of Corrections

Wellington Regional Council

Hutt City Council

Nelson City Council

Tasman District Council

Maungaharuru Tangitῡ Tust

Upper Hutt City Council

Marlborough District Council

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Far North District Council

Real estate and construction Tier 2

DLA Piper New Zealand provides 'exceptional legal support in a timely manner, trying always to give clients the best value'. The real estate and construction practice is part of the firm's global group and acts for a range of blue-chip multinational clients such as Pfizer and Mondelez, as well as domestic developers Fletcher Building and Goodman Property Trust. In Auckland, practice heads Justin March and Mark Williamson lead on real estate and construction respectively. March has 30 years' experience in commercial real estate and counts Foodstuffs North Island among his clients. Williamson handles front-end construction matters for clients in a range of sectors including local government, retail and food manufacturing. New recruit Davida Dunphy, who joined from listed property fund Precinct Properties, specialises in commercial and mixed-use development and regeneration projects for public and private clients. Heath Brunton has 'superior construction knowledge'.

Practice head(s):

Justin March; Mark Williamson

Other key lawyers:

Heath Brunton; Davida Dunphy; Williamena Sim; Joy Campbell

Testimonials

“The firm shows genuine care and dedication to contribute for the greater social good as well a make a shareholder return. It is a genuine philanthropic organisation.”

“The firm shows a willingness to assist our business above and beyond legal matters, social good, learning and development.”

“The real estate and construction team has a broad range of experience and brings commercial reality to transactions.”

“Justin March has a wide range of property legal experience, and Williamena Sim has an eye for detail in pulling together a transaction.”

“The team is proactive and down to earth. It does not overcomplicate or make things bigger than they need to be.”

“Davida Dunphy has been outstanding to work with. Her availability, turnaround time and commercial advice has added value in every transaction we have worked on together.”

“Davida Dunphy understands clients’ needs and adapts to ensure the experience is painless even when dealing with extremely stressful situations.”

“Deadlines are always met – even when unreasonable – and always with a level of calm.”

“They are readily approachable and it is easy to discuss any issues.”

“We have dealt with Justin March for many years now. He has a great understanding of how we like to approach agreements and how best to document what we require. I find he has a good understanding of what is an important issue to stay firm on and what is acceptable to vary our position on.”

“The firm has very good industry knowledge and experienced partners, and delivers good client care.”

“Mark Williamson is a very good construction lawyer, very knowledgeable.”

“Justin March is a very good property lawyer – very experienced with good client knowledge.”

“Heath Brunton is a very good property and construction lawyer.”

“I have worked with my other firms and lawyers who have been very good but I have found Davida Dunphy to operate at a superior level. My role is hectic and I need someone I can rely on for advice, accuracy and expediency.”

Key clients

Foodstuffs North Island Limited

IAG New Zealand (NZ’s largest general insurer)

Goodman Property Trust

Fletcher Building

Cornwall Park Trust Board

Metlifecare Limited (NZX listed)

Pfizer

Mondelez

CDL Land New Zealand

WT Partnership

RDT Pacific

Holmes Consulting

Wellington Water

Nelson City Council

Tasman District Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Hutt City Council

Upper Hutt City Council

Auckland Council (and for its predecessors prior to amalgamation since 1997)

GMO Renewable Resources (Boston headquartered fund manager)

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

NDG Asia Pacific

Cathay Pacific Airlines (SEHK listed)

Finstar Management

Harvard Management Company, Inc

Kangiora Timberlands

Kainga Consortium

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Murphy’s Park Development LP

Postie Plus (Pepkor)

Aon

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

DLA Piper New Zealand in Auckland has a multi-disciplinary restructuring and insolvency group that has a long track record of acting for insolvency practitioners and is frequently involved in cross-border matters with other offices in the firm's global network. It also handles corporate restructuring for the large business that constitute its client base, and it is currently acting for the liquidators in the most high-profile insolvency case in the market, that of CBL Insurance. RITANZ members Michael Thompson and Alicia Murray are the lead partners in a practice that brings together the firm's corporate, finance and litigation specialists. Head of litigation Iain Thain plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Michael Thompson; Alicia Murray

Other key lawyers:

Iain Thain; Randeep Robinson

Key clients

Kare Johnstone and Andrew Grenfell of McGrathNicol as liquidators of CBL Insurance Limited

Heartland Bank

Foodstuffs

Auckland Council

Bank of Queensland

Tax Tier 3

As part of a large global firm, DLA Piper New Zealand advises on complex, cross-border corporate transactions. Special counsel David Johnston, who joined from Deloitte, and consultant Lynette Smith lead the practice. Johnston has notable experience in the tax aspects of both inbound and outbound cross-border matters. The firm also handles tax matters relating to employee share plans, investment funds and warranty and indemnity insurance. Tax advice is particularly important to the firm's market-leading investment funds practice, and the firm's work in that area encompasses advising on the tax structure, reviewing the fund documentation and providing general tax advice such as in relation to New Zealand's PIE tax regime.

Practice head(s):

David Johnston; Lynette Smith

Key clients

OnSolve

AIG

Accel-KKR / Seequent

Hamermine

TMT Tier 3

DLA Piper New Zealand in Auckland joins the ranking having hired special counsel Nick Valentine from King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney. Valentine has extensive experience in transactional technology, media and telecommunications matters, both internationally and locally. A specialist TMT lawyer, he focuses predominantly on large-scale business process and IT outsourcing and systems integration, software development and licensing, data protection and privacy, telecommunications services agreements and infrastructure rollouts, and media rights and online content distribution. 'I have found the team to be extremely responsive to our needs and possessing all the skills and expertise we require' says a client who praises Valentine's 'responsiveness, attention to detail and commercial acumen'.

Practice head(s):

Nick Valentine

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Taylor; Katie Carson

Testimonials

“DLA is unique in its genuine interest in what we are trying to achieve and adapting its style and approach to help us achieve our outcomes. They take the time to embed themselves in our work environment and understand our goals.”

“Finance partner Katie Carson is a brilliant thinker with a wealth of experience in fintechs and banking. She is able to share real world examples of what we are trying to achieve and create pathways for how we might achieve it.”

“The firm goes out of its way to understand our strategy and the issues we are managing. They possess and can access, via their global network, unique skills in dealing with fintech and emerging technologies that have been very beneficial to us.”

“Corporate partner Rachel Taylor is commercially astute and pragmatic, and available to respond to the challenges and opportunities we face. Nick Valentine’s skills and experience in dealing with fintech and emerging technologies has been invaluable to us.”

“Nick Valentine is a highly regarded practitioner with extensive experience in technology, IP and telecommunications transactions.”

“Nick Valentine is technically strong combined with a very commercial and results-focused approach.”

Key clients

Spark

Westpac

Foodstuffs North Island Limited

HSBC

Auckland Council

Trustees Executors

Harmoney

PB Technologies

New Zealand Green Building Council

Nikko Asset Management

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Heath Brunton photo Heath Brunton
Ms Katie Carson  photo Ms Katie Carson
Mrs Tracey Cross  photo Mrs Tracey Cross
 Brad Cuff photo Brad Cuff
 Misha Henaghan  photo Misha Henaghan
Mrs Caroline Laband  photo Mrs Caroline Laband
Ms Nicole MacFarlane  photo Ms Nicole MacFarlane
Mr Justin March  photo Mr Justin March
 Alicia Murray photo Alicia Murray
Mrs Laura Scampion  photo Mrs Laura Scampion
Mr Iain Thain  photo Mr Iain Thain
Mr Michael Thompson  photo Mr Michael Thompson
Mr Martin Thomson  photo Mr Martin Thomson
Mr Nick Valentine  photo Mr Nick Valentine
Mr Mark Williamson  photo Mr Mark Williamson
Mr Martin Wiseman  photo Mr Martin Wiseman
Mr Reuben Woods  photo Mr Reuben Woods

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.


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