New Zealand Law Awards 2020 Finalists eBook

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2020 FINALISTS

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Thursday, 12 November 2020 Cordis, Auckland

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NZ Lawyer’s 17th annual New Zealand Law Awards are coming up this year – and there’s a group of stellar finalists vying for the big prizes THE NEW ZEALAND LAW AWARDS will be held on 12 November to celebrate the outstanding achievements of New Zealand’s leading law firms, in-house legal teams and individuals over the past year – as well as the big deals and cases that have redefined success in the sector. As ever, it was a fantastic year for nominations, wholly representative of the sheer quality, scope and variety of talent this profession has to offer, despite also being an incredibly challenging time for the sector.

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We would like to give a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who made their voice heard during the nomination process. This event relies on the input of hard-working legal professionals just like you. The following pages list the individuals, teams and firms who have been shortlisted across all the prestigious awards. Be sure to attend on the night itself and cheer on the winners in style.

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DEBT MARKET DEAL OF THE YEAR

EQUITY MARKET DEAL OF THE YEAR

Acquisition financing of Vodafone New Zealand

Infratil institutional placement and AREO

Banks: ANZ Bank New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand, Citibank N.A., Commonwealth Bank of Australia, MUFG Bank, Westpac New Zealand Firms: Bell Gully, Buddle Findlay, Chapman Tripp, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Accountants: Deloitte, Ernst & Young Banks: Deutsche Bank AG, New Zealand Banking Group, MUFG Bank, UBS Investment Bank Firm: Chapman Tripp, Simpson Grierson

Argosy Green Bonds issuance

Kathmandu AREO

Advisors: ANZ Bank New Zealand, Forsyth Barr, Jarden and Hobson Wealth Firms: Dentons Kensington Swan, Russell McVeagh

Accountant: Deloitte Advisors: Credit Suisse, Deutsche Craigs, Jarden Firms: Baker McKenzie, Chapman Tripp, Gadens, Gilbert + Tobin, Russell McVeagh

Kãinga Ora – Housing New Zealand Wellbeing bonds

Napier Port IPO

Banks: ANZ Bank New Zealand, Westpac Banking Corporation Firm: Chapman Tripp

LGFA syndicated bond offers Banks: ANZ Bank New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand, Westpac Banking Corporation Firm: Russell McVeagh

Accountants: Deutsche Craigs, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs New Zealand Advisors: Craigs Investment Partners, Forsyth Barr, Flagstaff, Goldman Sachs Firms: Baker & McKenzie, Bell Gully, Chapman Tripp

Oceania Healthcare Holdings underwritten block trade Banks: Craigs Investment Partners, Jarden, Macquarie Bank Firms: Chapman Tripp, Russell McVeagh, Simpson Grierson

Serko capital raise Banks: Cameron Partners, Craigs Investment Partners Firms: Chapman Tripp, Russell McVeagh

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INSOLVENCY AND RESTRUCTURING DEAL OF THE YEAR Liquidation of Exss (formerly StretchSense) Bank: Global from Day One Firm: Chapman Tripp

Receivership of Ebert Construction retention fund Accountant: PwC Firm: Simpson Grierson Advisors: Mike Colson (Stout Street Chambers), Rachel Pinny (Thorndon Chambers)

M&A DEAL OF THE YEAR Acquisition by Inner Mongolia Yili Group of Westland Co-operative Dairy Company Accountant: Deloitte Advisors: DG Advisory, Macquarie Capital Banks: Macquarie Bank, Morgan Stanley Firms: Allen & Overy, Bell Gully, Simpson Grierson

Apax takeover of Trade Me Firms: Bell Gully, King & Wood Mallesons, Mayne Wetherell, MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Russell McVeagh

Macquarie acquisition of long-term concession to operate SKYCITY carparks

Shell New Zealand Divestment Programme 2019 Winner, M&A Deal of the Year

Advisors: CBRE, Sanderson Weir Firms: Bell Gully, Mayne Wetherell, MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Simpson Grierson, Webb Henderson

Sale of Fonterra’s Tip Top ice-cream business Accountants: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PwC Banks: ANZ, Credit Suisse Group AG, Jarden Firms: Chapman Tripp, Clifford Chance LLP, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Sale of Hikurangi Forest Farms to New Forests Firms: Anderson Lloyd, Bell Gully, Russell McVeagh

Vodafone New Zealand acquisition Accountants: Deloitte, Ernst & Young Banks: Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Craigs, MUFG Bank, New Zealand Banking Group, UBS Investment Bank Firms: Bell Gully, Buddle Findlay, Chapman Tripp, MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Simpson Grierson

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MID MARKET DEAL OF THE YEAR

PROJECT FINANCE DEAL OF THE YEAR

Auckland Council grzeen bonds issuance

City Rail Link

Firm: Mayne Wetherell

Capital Group acquisition of First Mortgage Managers Accountants: KPMG Firms: Holland Beckett Law, Russell McVeagh, Webb Henderson

GWA Group acquisition of Methven Advisors: Forsyth Barr, Macquarie Group Firms: Bell Gully, Clayton Utz, Simpson Grierson

Sale of Cin7 Firms: Chapman Tripp, Dentons Kensington Swan, Goodman Derrick LLP, MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Perkins Coie LLP

Firms: Buddle Findlay, Chapman Tripp, Clayton Utz, MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Russell McVeagh, Simpson Grierson Advisors: Auckland Council In-house Team, KiwiRail In-house Team, Auckland Transport Inhouse Team

Southern Cross Cable Advisors: Cameron Partners, PwC Banks: ANZ Firms: Applebys, Buddle Findlay, Chapman Tripp, Conyers Dill & Pearman, Harris, Iffla Wade, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, Maberly & Co, Russell McVeagh

Waipipi Wind Farm Firms: Anderson Lloyd, Bell Gully, Buddle Findlay, Gilbert + Tobin, Herbert Smith Freehills, Russell McVeagh

Sale of New Zealand Frost Fans Accountant: BDO Advisors: Blennerhasset Consulting Bank: BNZ Firms: MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Russell McVeagh, Webb Henderson

Spark New Zealand - New Zealand cricket rights

NEW ZEALAND DEAL OF THE YEAR

Firms: MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Webb Henderson

Synlait acquisition of Dairyworks Accountants: BDO, KPMG Firms: Anthony Harper

TO BE ANNOUNCED ON THE NIGHT... Winners of the deal categories, excluding Mid-Market Deal of the Year, will automatically become finalists for New Zealand Deal of the Year. The winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony.

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YOUNG IN-HOUSE LAWYER OF THE YEAR (35 OR UNDER)

SIMPSON GRIERSON FINANCIAL SERVICES IN-HOUSE TEAM OF THE YEAR

• Emily Acland, Vocus

• AIA New Zealand

• Emma Biggs, Spark New Zealand Trading

• AMP Wealth

• Joanna Khoo, Chubb Insurance New Zealand

• BNZ

• ANZ Bank New Zealand

• Jono Willis, Lion

• G uardians of New Zealand Superannuation

• Leah Taylor, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

• Westpac

• Megan Potter, CooperAitken • Olivia Taylor, Foodstuffs • Rachel O’Brien, BNZ • Tracy Finlayson, Ministry of Education • Vivian-Lee Schaaf, Auckland Council

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IN-HOUSE LAWYER OF THE YEAR Invested in your future. It’s a promise we make to our people, our clients, and New Zealand. Put simply, it means our best future is helping you create yours. • Hayley Michelle Cassidy, Bank of New Zealand • Jason Nichols, Fonterra

We shape our service around specific client needs, delivering commercially-savvy advice while solving problems and anticipating others. Having us in your corner means having the confidence to get on with what you do best.

• Jo Wong, SkyCity Entertainment Group • Julian Benefield, Foodstuffs North Island • Stephanie Manning, Canterbury District Health Board

Anne Callinan Chair and Partner  E: anne.callinan@simpsongrierson.com P: +64 9 977 5031 W: simpsongrierson.co.nz

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RUSSELL MCVEAGH IN-HOUSE TEAM OF THE YEAR

NZ LAWYER DEAL TEAM OF THE YEAR (> 100 LAWYERS)

• Auckland Council Legal Services Team

• Bell Gully Corporate Team

• BNZ Legal Services Team

• B ell Gully Projects and Development Team

• Chorus • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Legal Team • Fonterra Legal Team • Genesis Energy Legal Team • SkyCity Entertainment Group • Spark New Zealand

• Buddle Findlay Corporate Team • Chapman Tripp • MinterEllisonRuddWatts Deal Team • R ussell McVeagh, Corporate Advisory Team • Simpson Grierson

• Vector • Vodafone New Zealand

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DEAL TEAM OF THE YEAR (≤ 100 LAWYERS)

Russell McVeagh is widely regarded as New Zealand’s premier commercial law firm, committed to operating on the cutting edge of legal practice. With over 300 staff and partners across both Auckland and Wellington offices, their lawyers are the best in their fields and recognised internationally for their expertise. The firm provides strategic, commercial advice to assist clients with their most challenging, high-profile transactions.

• A nthony Harper Corporate Advisory Team • Flacks & Wong • Harmos Horton Lusk Corporate Team • Mayne Wetherell • Webb Henderson

Susan King Clients and Marketing Director (Acting) E: susan.king@russellmcveagh.com P: +64 9 367 8245 M: +64 27 692 3750 W: russellmcveagh.com

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LARGE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

MID-SIZE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

REGIONAL/ SUBURBAN LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

• Anderson Lloyd

• H armos Horton Lusk Corporate Team

• B lackmanSpargo Rural Law

• Martelli McKegg

• Henderson Reeves

• Mayne Wetherell

• S outhern Legal Lawyers

• Anthony Harper • Bell Gully • Buddle Findlay • Chapman Tripp

• N orris Ward McKinnon, Hamilton

• Dentons Kensington Swan

• Tompkins Wake

• MinterEllisonRuddWatts

• WRMK Lawyers

• S tevens Orchard Lawyers • WRMK Lawyers

• Russell McVeagh • Simpson Grierson

WRMK Lawyers 2019 Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

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NICHE CONSULTING GROUP EMPLOYMENT LAW SPECIALIST FIRM OF THE YEAR

BOUTIQUE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

• Dundas Street

• Couch Harlowe Kovacevich

• Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law

• Flacks & Wong

• M cBride Davenport James

• Gilbert Walker

• Practica Legal • Richard Upton

• Hudson Gavin Martin • K3 Legal • Layburn Hodgins • Morris Legal • Norling Law • Shine Lawyers New Zealand • Webb Henderson

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LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION SPECIALIST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR We are an independently owned recruitment firm who match exceptional people to the specialist roles that need them. Our team of consultants are focused on delivering a successful fit for both client and individual across all permanent and contract roles relating to legal, regulatory, HR and policy positions. We excel at specialist roles with specific skill sets including senior leadership and executive positions, meaning we know what it takes to find your future leaders.

• G ilbert Walker • K 3 Legal • LeeSalmonLong • M orris Legal • N orling Law

Paula Watts Managing Director E: paula.watts@nicherecruitment.co.nz P: +64 9 377 2248 W: nicherecruitment.co.nz

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• P ractica Legal • R ice Speir • S hine Lawyers New Zealand • W ilson Harle


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WESTERN UNION BUSINESS SOLUTIONS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SPECIALIST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

PROPERTY & CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

• AJ Park

• AlexanderDorrington Lawyers

• CreateIP

• Domain Legal

• Ellis Terry

• Thompson Blackie Biddles

• Henry Hughes Law • James & Wells • Zone Law

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INSURANCE SPECIALIST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR With over 30 years’ experience partnering with over 700 law firms worldwide, Western Union Business Solutions specialises in streamlining domestic and cross-border payments for the legal industry. Our global financial network helps you efficiently manage payments in more than 130 currencies across 200+countries and territories. Your dedicated client manager will partner with you to develop a payments solution tailored to your firm’s individual needs, working to drive efficiencies for you and your clients

• Fee Langstone • Gilbert Walker • Shine Lawyers New Zealand • Wotton + Kearney

Ian McCartney Payment Solutions | New Zealand E: ian.mccartney@westernunion.com P: +64 9 366 1286 M: +64 27 808 4285 W: business.westernunion.co.nz

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RESOLUTION INSTITUTE MEDIATOR OF THE YEAR

MANAGING PARTNER OF THE YEAR (>100 LAWYERS) • Anna Buchly, Bell Gully • Anne Callinan, Simpson Grierson • Nick Wells, Chapman Tripp

• Everard Halbert, Sand Steps • Hayden Wilson, Dentons Kensington Swan • Paul Sills, Paul Sills Mediator & Barrister • Simon Roughton, Orb Solutions • W ayne Marriott, Fleetwood Group

• Paul Beverley, Buddle Findlay • R ichard Greenaway, Anderson Lloyd

MANAGING PARTNER OF THE YEAR (<100 LAWYERS) • Angela Parlane, Shine Lawyers NZ • David Westlake Jones (Wes Jones), Baldwins • Edwin Morrison, K3 Legal • Jon Calder, Tompkins Wake • Malcolm Hurley, Anthony Harper • Sam Hood, Norris Ward McKinnon

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Resolution Institute is a leading Trans-Tasman association for mediators, arbitrators and adjudicators. In New Zealand we are approved to grant mediation accreditation for family dispute resolution and farm debt mediation. We provide an appointment process for individuals or organisations that require the services of a mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator, as well as training, accreditation and continuing professional development for mediators. Trevor Slater FRI Chief Operating Officer E: trevor.slater@resolution.institute P: 0800 453 237 M: +64 (0) 21 232 2027 W: resolution.institute

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• Tim Walden, James & Wells

YOUNG PRIVATE PRACTICE LAWYER OF THE YEAR (35 OR UNDER) • A ngela Harford, Bell Gully

• Maria Clezy, Buddle Findlay

• D avid Weavers, Russell McVeagh

• Natasha Garvan, Bell Gully

• E mma Manohar, DLA Piper

• Nick Valentine, DLA Piper

• E mma Moran, DLA Piper

• Shane Swinerd, DLA Piper

• I gor Drinkovic, MinterEllisonRuddWatts • J ordan Cox, Webb Henderson

• Wook Jin Lee, Dentons Kensington Swan


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ARTEMIS EXECUTIVE RECRUITMENT EMPLOYER OF CHOICE (<50 LAWYERS)

ARTEMIS EXECUTIVE RECRUITMENT EMPLOYER OF CHOICE (51-100 LAWYERS)

ARTEMIS EXECUTIVE RECRUITMENT EMPLOYER OF CHOICE (>100 LAWYERS)

• AJ Park

• Anthony Harper

• Anderson Lloyd

• H armos Horton Lusk

• Tompkins Wake

• Bell Gully • Buddle Findlay

• James & Wells

• Chapman Tripp

• Juno Legal • Layburn Hodgins

• D entons Kensington Swan

• Morris Legal

• MinterEllisonRuddWatts

• Norling Law

• Russell McVeagh

• Webb Henderson

• Simpson Grierson

• Wotton + Kearney • WRMK Lawyers

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Artemis is an award winning premium executive search and recruitment firm that specialises in legal, human resources and executive leadership appointments.  Offering bespoke recruitment and search services across a range of functional disciplines including General Counsel, Partners, Lawyers, CEO’s, Managing Directors, General Management, Senior to mid-Management and Non-Executive Directors, Artemis offers national, Trans-Tasman and international search capability. The Artemis legal team specialises in all legal and legally related roles – from legal support roles (legal secretary, EA/PA, legal executive etc) to Partner and General Counsel appointments. If you have a legal recruitment need – we can assist. Artemis is proud to support the ongoing development of the New Zealand legal profession. Kathryn Cross Managing Director E: kathryn.cross@artemisnz.com P: +64 9 354 3543 M: +27 700 8049 W: artemisnz.com

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