Thursday, 21 November 2019 | Cordis Auckland


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NICHE Recruitment M&A Deal of the Year

Genesis acquisition of Nova LPG business 

  • Firms: Atkins Holm Majurey; Bell Gully; SBM Legal; Thompson Blackie Biddles; Webb Henderson

NZ Super Investment into Fidelity Life Assurance 

  • Firms: Chapman Tripp; Harmos Horton Lusk; Russell McVeagh

Opus International Consultants takeover by WSP Global 

  • Firms: Bell Gully; Chapman Tripp; Simpson Grierson

Sale of Mainland Poultry to Navis Capital 

  • Firms: Ashurst; Bell Gully; Gilbert + Tobin; MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Shell New Zealand divestment programme 

  • Firms: Ashurst; Bell Gully; Chapman Tripp; Simpson Grierson

Capital Markets Deal of the Year

IFC green bond issuance 

  • Firms: Chapman Tripp

Infratil's Metlifecare block trade

  • Firms: Baker McKenzie; Buddle Findlay; Chapman Tripp

Livestock Improvement Corporation capital restructure 

  • Firms: Simpson Grierson 

Oceania Healthcare IPO 

  • Firms: Allens; Russell McVeagh; Simpson Grierson

Precinct subordinated convertible notes offer

  • Firms: Baker McKenzie; Chapman Tripp

Mid-Market Deal of the Year

BBC Technologies sale to TOMRA Foods

  • Firms: Bell Gully; MinterEllisonRuddWatts; Tompkins Wake

Fliway Group acquisition by Yang Kee Group 

  • Firms: Ashurst; Bell Gully; Chapman Tripp; Gadens; Harmos Horton Lusk Limited; Mayne Wetherell
  • Advisors: KordaMentha 
  • Banks: ANZ; First New Zealand Capital; United Orient Capital 

Sale of AJ Park 

  • Firms: Chapman Tripp; Watson Mangioni; Webb Henderson 

Scales acquisition of OceanAir 

  • Firms: Anthony Harper; Cornwall Stodart 

Vodafone acquisition of BayCity 

  • Firms: Buddle Findlay; Crengle Shreves & Ratner 

Consumer, Media and Tech Deal of the Year

Centrality Investments token-generating event 

  • Firms: Bell Gully; Wong Partnership 

New Zealand's first telecommunications network sharing arrangement 

  • Firm: Bell Gully; MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Sale of Icebreaker to VFC

  • Firms: Chapman Tripp; Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; Simpson Grierson

Sale of Trilogy to CITIC Capital Partners 

  • Firms: Anderson Lloyd; Chapman Tripp; MinterEllisonRuddWatts

International Deal of the Year

Lattice Energy acquisition by Beach Energy 

  • Firms: Chapman Tripp; Gilbert + Tobin; Herbert Smith Freehills; Russell McVeagh 

Merger of BJ Ball, KW Doggett and Japan Pulp & Paper 

  • Firms: Baker McKenzie; Clarendon Lawyers; Harmos Horton Lusk Limited; Herbert Smith Freehills; Russell McVeagh; Quigg Partners; Webb Henderson
  • Banks: Moelis Australia 

Suntory sale of NZ food assets 

  • Firms: MinterEllisonRuddWatts; Simpson Grierson 

Rembrandt New Zealand Deal of the Year

Winners of the market-specific deal awards will become finalists in this category.
The finalists will be revealed at the awards ceremony.


Anthony Harper Young In-House Lawyer of the Year (35 or under) 

  • Emily Acland, Vocus Group
  • Kelly Baxter, Spark New Zealand
  • Rebecca Campbell, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
  • Megan Potter, Cooper Aitken Limited
  • Anton Smith, 2degrees
  • Clare Waalkens, Mercury
  • Jono Willis, Lion
  • Madeleine Wright, Environmental Defence Society

MinterEllisonRuddWatts In-House Lawyer of the Year 

  • David Bricklebank, ANZ
  • Andrew Cordner, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
  • Theresa Donnelly, Public Trust
  • James Hassall, Auckland Council
  • Kathryn Mitchell, Crown Infrastructure
  • Rodney Morris, Spark
  • Pip White, Paymark Limited
  • Sian Wingate, Powerco Limited


Simpson Grierson Financial Services In-House Team of the Year 

  • ANZ
  • ASB
  • BNZ
  • Financial Services Complaints Case Management Team
  • IAG NZ
  • Kiwibank
  • Tower Limited
  • Vero
  • Westpac


Russell McVeagh In-House Team of the Year 

  • AIA
  • Auckland Council
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
  • Mercury
  • Metlifecare
  • Paymark Limited
  • SKYCITY Entertainment Group
  • Spark
  • Wellington City Council



Employment Law Specialist Law Firm of the Year 

  • Dundas Street
  • Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law
  • Goldstein Ryder Limited
  • Hazel Armstrong Law
  • McBride Davenport James
  • Practica Legal
  • SBM Legal


Litigation & Dispute Resolution Specialist Law Firm of the Year 

  • K3 Legal
  • Morris Legal
  • Norling Law
  • Prestige Law
  • Rice Speir
  • Wilson Harle


Intellectual Property Specialist Law Firm of the Year 

  • AJ Park
  • Baldwins Intellectual Property
  • CreateIP
  • Ellis Terry
  • Hudson Gavin Martin
  • James & Wells
  • Zone Law


Property & Construction Specialist Law Firm of the Year 

  • Alexander Dorrington
  • Burton Partners
  • Domain Legal
  • Thompson Blackie Biddles Limited


Insurance Specialist Law Firm of the Year 

  • Grant Shand Barristers & Solicitors
  • Kennedys
  • McElroys
  • Rhodes & Co
  • Robertsons
  • Wotton + Kearney


Boutique Law Firm of the Year

  • Blackman Spargo Rural Law Limited
  • Claro
  • Flacks & Wong
  • K3 Legal
  • Layburn Hodgins
  • Wackrow Williams & Davies Limited
  • Webb Henderson


Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (<50 Lawyers) 

  • BlackmanSpargo Rural Law Limited
  • Daniel Overton & Goulding
  • Glaister Ennor
  • Harmos Horton Lusk Limited
  • Juno Legal
  • Morris Legal
  • Turner Hopkins
  • Webb Henderson


Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (51-100 Lawyers) 

  • Anderson Lloyd
  • Anthony Harper
  • Hesketh Henry
  • James & Wells
  • Lane Neave
  • Tompkins Wake
  • Wynn Williams


Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (>100 Lawyers) 

  • Bell Gully
  • Buddle Findlay
  • Chapman Tripp
  • DLA Piper
  • Kensington Swan
  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Simpson Grierson


Resolution Institute Mediator of the Year 

  • Grant Allan
  • Denise Evans
  • Paul Hutcheson
  • Nina Khouri
  • Diana Shirtcliffe
  • Hayden Wilson


Artemis Executive Recruitment Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year (35 or under) 

  • Hannah Andrews, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Mike Doesburg, Wynn Williams
  • Natasha Garvan, Bell Gully
  • Elena Kim, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Brent Norling, Norling Law
  • Nick Kovacevich, Wynn Williams
  • Rebecca Rose, Bell Gully
  • Annie Steel, Harmos Horton Lusk
  • Michael Thompson, DLA Piper
  • Dominic Toomey, Simpson Grierson
  • Dan Williams, Anderson Lloyd


Managing Partner of the Year (<100 Lawyers) 

  • Malcolm Hurley, Anthony Harper
  • William Antony Holden, Wotton & Kearney
  • Richard Greenaway, Anderson Lloyd
  • Mark Lowndes, Lowndes
  • Paul McBride, McBride Davenport and James
  • Jared Ormsby, Wynn Williams


Managing Partner of the Year (>100 Lawyers) 

  • Anne Callinan, Simpson Grierson
  • Chris Gordon, Bell Gully
  • Nick Wells, Chapman Tripp


Deal Team of the Year (<100 Lawyers) 

  • Anderson Lloyd Property Team
  • Anthony Harper Corporate Advisory Team
  • Flacks & Wong
  • Harmos Horton Lusk Limited
  • Mayne Wetherell corporate team
  • Webb Henderson
  • Wynn Williams Corporate Advisory


NZ Lawyer Deal Team of the Year (>100 Lawyers) 

  • Bell Gully Corporate team
  • Bell Gully Projects and Development team
  • Chapman Tripp Corporate & Commercial team
  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Russell McVeagh
  • Simpson Grierson Corporate Advisory


Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year 

  • BlackmanSpargo Rural Law Limited
  • Daniel Overton & Goulding
  • Nash Jordan Law
  • Southern Legal
  • Stevens Orchard Lawyers
  • Zindels, Barristers & Solicitors


Mid-size Law Firm of the Year 

  • Anderson Lloyd
  • Cavell Leitch
  • Harmos Horton Lusk Limited
  • Harkness Henry
  • Hesketh Henry
  • Lane Neave
  • Tompkins Wake
  • Wynn Williams


Large Law Firm of the Year 

  • Anthony Harper
  • Bell Gully
  • Buddle Findlay
  • Chapman Tripp
  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Simpson Grierson


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