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Capital Markets Deal of the Year

Auckland Council ‘green bonds’ issuance
  • Accountant: Ernst & Young
  • Firm: Mayne Wetherell
Chorus New Zealand issuance of re-setting fixed rate bonds
  • Firm: Chapman Tripp
Fletcher Building pro rata entitlement offer
  • Firms: Ashurst (AU); Baker McKenzie; Bell Gully; Russell McVeagh; Sidley Austin (AU)
Housing New Zealand inaugural medium-term note issuance and sustainability financing framework
  • Firm: Chapman Tripp
PaySauce reverse listing
  • Accountants: Grant Thornton; Simmons Corporate Finance
  • Firms: Bell Gully; Flacks & Wong; Russell McVeagh
Tilt accelerated pro rata entitlement offer
  • Firms: Baker McKenzie; Chapman Tripp; Russell McVeagh; Simpson Grierson
Xero convertible note issuance
  • Firms: Allens; Bell Gully; Chapman Tripp; Gilbert + Tobin; Linklaters

Consumer, Media and Tech Deal of the Year

Accel-KKR acquisition of Seequent
  • Accountant: BDO
  • Firms: DLA Piper (NZ), Mayne Wetherell
Bounty Fresh takeover of Tegel
  • Firms: Chapman Tripp; MinterEllisonRuddWatts; Russell McVeagh
HgCapital acquisition of majority stake in Orion Health’s Rhapsody business
  • Firms: Bell Gully; Chapman Tripp; Flacks & Wong; Harmos Horton Lusk
Spark acquisition of Rugby World Cup 2019 media rights
  • Firm: Webb Henderson

International Deal of the Year

AIA acquisition of sovereign life insurance business from CBA
  • Firms: Ashurst (AU); Bell Gully; Debevoise & Plimpton; Herbert Smith Freehills; Russell McVeagh
Carlyle acquisition of Accolade Wines
  • Firms: Chapman Tripp (NZ); Clifford Chance; Gilbert + Tobin (AU); Russell McVeagh
CITIC Capital acquisition of Trilogy International
  • Accountant: BDO
  • Firms: Anderson Lloyd; Chapman Tripp; MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Bank: Bank of China
Fenglin Group investment in particle board plant
  • Firms: Kensington Swan
Finaccess Capital partial takeover of Restaurant Brands New Zealand
  • Firms: Harmos Horton Lusk; Simpson Grierson; Webb Henderson
  • Advisor: Macquarie Capital, Greenhill
Fonterra – Restructuring and termination of Darnum joint venture with Beingmate
  • Firms: Ashurst; Arnold Bloch Liebler; King & Wood Mallesons; Webb Henderson

M&A Deal of the Year

Cigna acquisition of OnePath Life
  • Firms: Bell Gully; Chapman Tripp
intelliHUB acquisition of Mercury's Metrix metering business
  • Firms: Chapman Tripp; Russell McVeagh
  • Advisors: Ernst & Young; Flagstaff Partners
Nelson Properties sale of Nelson Forests to OneFortyOne Plantations
  • Firms: Bell Gully; Foley Hoag (US); Gilbert + Tobin (AU); MinterEllisonRuddWatts; Russell McVeagh (NZ)
  • Advisors: Gresham Advisory Partners; UBS
Oyster Property Group and KKR JV acquisition of Central Park
  • Firms: Flacks & Wong; Mayne Wetherell; Russell McVeagh; Thompson Blackie Biddles
Sale of Stevenson’s construction materials business
  • Firms: Berry Simons; Harmos Horton Lusk; Lane Neave; Lowndes; Matthews Law; Russell McVeagh; Webb Henderson
Shell New Zealand divestment programme
  • Firms: Ashurst; Bell Gully; Chapman Tripp; Simpson Grierson

Mid-Market Deal of the Year

111 Dixon Street
  • Firm: Kensington Swan
Melody Dairies joint venture
  • Accountant: Deloitte
  • Firms: Buddle Findlay; Tompkins Wake
  • Bank: BNZ
New infrastructure funding and financing model for Milldale
  • Firms: Bell Gully; MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Sale of Promapp Group to Nintex Group
  • Firms: Hudson Gavin Martin; Russell McVeagh
Waimea Community Dam
  • Firms: Anderson Lloyd; Chapman Tripp; Pitt & Moore; Russell McVeagh

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)

  • Paris Bree, New Zealand Oil & Gas
  • Hannah Bryce, Stantec New Zealand
  • Madison Dobie, Engineering New Zealand
  • Tim Fletcher, Uber NZ
  • George Grainger, Wellington City Council
  • Kristina Kilner, AIA New Zealand
  • Georgia Lawrence, Fonterra
  • Michaela Reid, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
  • Muneya Shino, Spark New Zealand
Anthony Harper

MinterEllisonRuddWatts In-House Lawyer of the Year

  • Caroline Beaumont, City Rail Link
  • Julian Benefield, Foodstuffs
  • Hayley Cassidy, BNZ
  • Andrew Cordner, Fonterra
  • Marion Franks, Downer
  • Juliet Jones, Vodafone New Zealand
  • Tim Peacocke, Samsung Electronics New Zealand
  • John Rodger, Vector
  • Anton Shead, Goodman
  • Jo Wong, SkyCity Entertainment Group
MinterEllison Ruddwatts

Simpson Grierson Financial Services In-House Team of the Year

  • AIA New Zealand Legal Team
  • AMP Legal Team
  • ANZ Bank New Zealand
  • Bank of New Zealand
  • Kiwi Wealth
  • Kiwibank
  • Westpac
Simpson Grierson

Russell McVeagh In-House Team of the Year

  • BNZ In-House Legal Team
  • Engineering New Zealand Legal Team
  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Legal Team
  • Fletcher Building
  • Fonterra Legal Team
  • Mercury Energy
  • SkyCity Entertainment Group
  • Spark New Zealand
  • Stantec Asia Pacific Legal Team
  • Vector
Russell McVeagh


NICHE Recruitment Employment Law Specialist Law Firm of the Year

  • Dundas Street
  • Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law
  • McBride Davenport James
  • Practica Legal
  • SBM Legal

Litigation & Dispute Resolution Specialist Law Firm of the Year

  • Gilbert Walker
  • K3 Legal
  • Lee Salmon Long
  • Morris Legal
  • Norling Law
  • Practica Legal
  • Rice Speir
  • Wilson Harle

Intellectual Property Specialist Law Firm of the Year

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

Property & Construction Specialist Law Firm of the Year

  • Badcock Law
  • Burton Partners
  • Domain Legal
  • Talbot Law
  • Thompson Blackie Biddles

Insurance Specialist Law Firm of the Year

  • Fee Langstone
  • Gilbert Walker
  • Kennedys
  • McElroys
  • Wotton + Kearney

Boutique Law Firm of the Year

  • Burton Partners
  • Flacks & Wong
  • Gilbert Walker
  • Hudson Gavin Martin
  • K3 Legal
  • Layburn Hodgins
  • McBride Davenport James
  • Norling Law
  • Stewart Germann Law Office
  • Webb Henderson

Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (<50 lawyers)

  • AJ Park
  • BlackmanSpargo Rural Law
  • Hudson Gavin Martin
  • Juno Legal
  • Layburn Hodgins
  • Morris Legal
  • Prestige Law
  • Webb Henderson
  • Webb Ross McNab Kilpatrick Lawyers
  • Wotton + Kearney
Legal Personnel

Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (51-100 Lawyers)

  • Anthony Harper
  • Cavell Leitch
  • Hesketh Henry
  • Lane Neave
  • Tompkins Wake
  • Wynn Williams
Legal Personnel

Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (>100 Lawyers)

  • Anderson Lloyd
  • Bell Gully
  • Buddle Findlay
  • Kensington Swan
  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Simpson Grierson
Legal Personnel

Resolution Institute Mediator of the Year

  • Lesley Ashworth, Lesley Ashworth Dispute Resolution
  • Mark Kelly, Bankside Chambers
  • Nina Khouri, Nina Khouri Mediation
  • Jennifer Mahony, Fairway Resolution
  • Timothy McMichael, Family Works Resolution Service
  • Keri Morris, Fairway Resolution
  • Paul Sills, Paul Sills Barrister & Mediator
  • Hayden Wilson, Kensington Swan
Resolution Institute

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

  • Liz Blythe, Russell McVeagh
  • Liz Coats, Bell Gully
  • Amy Cunniffe, Buddle Findlay
  • Natasha Garvan, Bell Gully
  • Anastasiya Gutorova, Simpson Grierson
  • Vanessa Hunter, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Rachael Judge, Simpson Grierson
  • Nick Kovacevich, Couch Harlowe Kovacevich
  • Ariana Stuart, Kensington Swan
  • Victoria Waalkens, Wotton + Kearney
  • Sam Wilson, DLA Piper New Zealand

Managing Partner of the Year (<100 lawyers)

  • Erich Bachmann, Hesketh Henry
  • Damian Broadley, AJ Park
  • Jon Calder, Tompkins Wake
  • Kristine Ann King, Duncan King
  • Malcolm Hurley, Anthony Harper
  • Mark Lowndes, Lowndes
  • Philip Maw, Wynn Williams
  • Edwin Morrison, K3 Legal
  • Tim Walden, James & Wells

Managing Partner of the Year (>100 Lawyers)

  • Paul Beverley, Buddle Findlay
  • Anna Buchly, Bell Gully
  • Anne Callinan, Simpson Grierson
  • Richard Greenaway, Anderson Lloyd
  • Nick Wells, Chapman Tripp

Deal Team of the Year (<100 lawyers)

  • Anthony Harper Corporate Advisory Team
  • Flacks & Wong
  • Mayne Wetherell Corporate Team
  • Mayne Wetherell Finance Team
  • Webb Henderson
  • Wynn Williams Corporate Advisory Team

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

  • Bell Gully Corporate Team
  • Bell Gully Projects and Development Team
  • Buddle Findlay Corporate Team
  • Chapman Tripp
  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts National Deal Team
  • Russell McVeagh Corporate Team
  • Simpson Grierson Corporate Advisory



NZ Lawyer

Law Plus Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

  • BlackmanSpargo Rural Law
  • Dean & Associates
  • Duncan King Law
  • Henderson Reeves
  • Pitt & Moore Lawyers and Notaries Public
  • Southern Legal Lawyers, Manukau City
  • Stevens Orchard Lawyers
  • Webb Ross McNab Kilpatrick Lawyers



Law Plus

Mid-size Law Firm of the Year

  • Cavell Leitch
  • Harmos Horton Lusk
  • Martelli McKegg
  • Mayne Wetherell
  • Norris Ward McKinnon
  • Tompkins Wake
  • Webb Ross McNab Kilpatrick Lawyers
  • Wynn Williams

K3 Legal Large Law Firm of the Year

  • Anderson Lloyd
  • Anthony Harper
  • Bell Gully
  • Buddle Findlay
  • Chapman Tripp
  • Kensington Swan
  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Simpson Grierson

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