NEW ZEALAND LAW AWARDS 2021 EXCELLENCE AWARDEES


 

 

DEAL AWARDS

 

DEBT MARKET DEAL OF THE YEAR

Kiwibank Issue of NZ $275million in subordinated notes
  • Lead Firm: Russell McVeagh
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Craigs Investment Partners, Forsyth Barr, Jarden Securities

 

Mercury NZ Finance $200 million seven-year green bond offer
  • Lead Firm: Chapman Tripp
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): ANZ, Bell Gully, BNZ, DNV GL

 

NZ $18.4 million refinancing of Electric Kiwi debt facilities
  • Lead Firm: Simpson Grierson
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Bell Gully, BNZ

 

NZ $2 billion Warehouse Facilities to assist Shinsei Bank acquisition of UDC Finance Limited
  • Lead Firms: Mayne Wetherell, Russell McVeagh
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Antalis S.A., ANZ, Bank of New Zealand, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Dentons Kensington Swan – Trustee counsel, Royal Bank of Canada - Sydney Branch, UDC Finance, Westpac New Zealand

 

Scentre Group US $3 billion subordinated hybrid note issue
  • Lead Firm: Russell McVeagh
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): A&O, K&L Gates, Linklaters Singapore, Sidley Austin

EQUITY MARKET DEAL OF THE YEAR

Auckland International Airport NZ$1.2b capital raise
  • Lead Firms: Chapman Tripp, Russell McVeagh
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Citi, Credit Suisse, Jarden, King & Wood Mallesons

 

Kathmandu Group NZ $207 million capital raise
  • Lead Firms: Chapman Tripp, Russell McVeagh
  • All other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte

 

My Food Bag IPO and NZ $342 million capital raise
  • Lead Firm: Chapman Tripp, Russell McVeagh, Webb Henderson
  • All other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Craigs Investment Partners, Forsyth Barr, Jarden, KPMG, Mills Oakley, PwC, Rimon Law

 

NZ $98 million block trade sell-down of shares in Pushpay
  • Lead Firm: Harmos Horton Lusk, Russell McVeagh
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Allen & Overy – Australia, Bell Gully, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Couch Harlowe Kovacevich, Craigs Investment Partners

 

Sky Network Television Limited NZ $157 million placement and non-renounceable accelerated rights entitlement offer
  • Lead Firm: Chapman Tripp, Russell McVeagh
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Baker & McKenzie, Deloitte, Forsyth Barr Group, Goldman Sachs New Zealand, Sidley Austin

PROJECT FINANCE DEAL OF THE YEAR

Cardrona Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant NZ $16.5 million project financing
  • Lead Firms: Anderson Lloyd, Buddle Findlay
  • Oher Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): BNZ, Spencers Chartered Accountants

Transmission Gully public-private partnership NZ $1.25 billion project financing
  • Lead Firm: Russell McVeagh
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Bell Gully, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

M&A DEAL OF THE YEAR

Discovery Inc. acquisition of MediaWorks TV Limited
  • Lead Firms: DLA Piper, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): EY, KPMG, UBS

 

Fonterra NZ $592 million sale of China dairy farms
  • Lead Firm: Russell McVeagh, Simpson Grierson
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Goldman Sachs, King & Wood Mallesons China, KPMG Hong Kong, PwC New Zealand, Tian Yuan China

 

Metlifecare Limited NZ$1.3 billion sale to Asia Pacific Villages Group Limited
  • Lead Firms: Bell Gully, Chapman Tripp, Harmos Horton Lusk
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Calibre Partners (formerly KordaMentha), Colliers International, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Jarden, Jones Lang LaSalle, King & Wood Mallesons, Meredith Connell, NERA Economic Consulting, Russell McVeagh, Simmons Corporate Finance, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Stout Street Chambers

 

Resolution Life A$3 billion acquisition of AMP's wealth protection and mature life businesses
  • Lead Firms: Bell Gully, Chapman Tripp
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Ashurst, Debevoise & Plimpton, King & Wood Mallesons, PwC

 

WEL Networks and Waipa Networks sale of stake in Ultrafast Fibre Holdings
  • Lead Firms: Bell Gully, Russell McVeagh, Tompkins Wake
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Cameron Partners, Lowndes, Simpson Grierson

INSOLVENCY AND RESTRUCTURING DEAL OF THE YEAR

Claymark Group receivership
  • Lead Firm: Chapman Tripp
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): BNZ, Brookfields, Russell McVeagh, Wells Fargo

 

Distressed sale of Smiths City Group for NZ $60 million in assumed debt and cash to Polar Capital LP
  • Lead Firms: Chapman Tripp, Duncan Cotterill
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): ASB Bank, BCH (Burley Attwood Law), BDO Christchurch, Mayne Wetherell, PwC, Webb Henderson

 

Liquidation of Pacific Aerospace Limited assets
  • Lead Firm: Tompkins Wake
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Bell Gully, Holland Beckett, Khov Jones, Quigg Partners

 

Restructuring, insolvency, and exit of Jucy Group
  • Lead Firms: Duncan Cotterill, MinterEllisonRuddWatts,
  • All other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): ASB Bank, Calibre Partners, Chapman Tripp, Lander & Rogers, Lowndes Jordan, Mayne Wetherell, Norton Rose, PwC, Simpson Grierson

 

Tahua Capital NZ $30 million purchase of Burger King New Zealand under receivership
  • Lead Firms: Mayne Wetherell, Russell McVeagh
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Bell Gully, Buddle Findlay, Calibre Partners, PwC

MID-MARKET DEAL OF THE YEAR

Abano Healthcare Group Limited NZ $136 million take-private transaction
  • Lead Firms: Bell Gully, Harmos Horton Lusk
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): Calibre Partners, Cameron Partners, Ernst & Young, Jarden, King & Wood Mallesons, Mayne Wetherell, Matthews Law, Rothschild & Co, Simpson Grierson

 

Centuria Capital Group’s nz $175 million takeover of Augusta Capital Limited
  • Lead Firms: Chapman Tripp, Harmos Horton Lusk
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): HWL Ebsworth, Mayne Wetherell

 

Freightways Limited NZ$117 million acquisition of Big Chill Distribution
  • Lead Firms: Brown Partners Lawyers, Russell McVeagh
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): EY, Forsyth Barr, Keegan Alexander

 

Price Industries purchase of Holyoake New Zealand and Australian operations
  • Lead Firms: Buddle Findlay, Webb Henderson
  • Other Organisations that worked on the deal (Firms, Banks and Accountants): KHQ

 

The a2 Milk Company NZ $268 million investment in Mataura Valley Milk
  • Lead Firms: Bell Gully, Simpson Grierson

IN-HOUSE AWARDS

 

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

  • Brooke White, Calder Stewart
  • Charlotte Moll, Warren and Mahoney
  • Courtney Dick, Rocket Lab
  • Georgina Sanders, Mainfreight
  • Jemimah Giblett, Sharesies
  • Jeremy Jones, AIA New Zealand
  • Jordan Levesque, Westpac Bank New Zealand
  • Matt Morgan, Spark New Zealand
  • Stephen Drysdale, ZURU
James Wells

LANE NEAVE IN-HOUSE LAWYER OF THE YEAR

  • Anton Shead, Goodman New Zealand
  • Beth Keightley, Wellington City Council
  • Chris Bougen, The New Zealand Refining Company
  • Hayley Cassidy, Bank of New Zealand
  • Katharine Armstrong, Metlifecare
  • Kathryn Mitchell, Crown Infrastructure Partners
  • Mary-Elizabeth Tuck, Auckland International Airport
  • Melissa Anastasiou, Spark New Zealand
  • Natalie Bryant, Sharesies
Lane Neave

FINANCIAL SERVICES IN-HOUSE TEAM OF THE YEAR

  • AIA New Zealand
  • ANZ
  • ASB Bank
  • Bank of New Zealand
  • Legal Team at Sharesies
  • Suncorp New Zealand Legal Team
  • Westpac NZ Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Services and Legal team (RACLS)

RUSSELL MCVEAGH IN-HOUSE TEAM OF THE YEAR

  • Air New Zealand Legal Team
  • Airways Corporation NZ Legal Team
  • Crown Infrastructure Partners
  • Fonterra Legal Team
  • Genesis Energy Legal Team
  • Serko In-house Legal Team
  • Sky Team Legal
Russell Mcveagh

FIRM AWARDS

 

EMPLOYMENT LAW SPECIALIST FIRM OF THE YEAR

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

LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION SPECIALIST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

  • Gilbert Walker
  • K3 Legal
  • Morris Legal
  • Norling Law
  • Rice Speir
  • Shine Lawyers
  • Wilson Harle

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SPECIALIST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

  • AJ Park
  • Ellis Terry
  • Henry Hughes Law
  • James & Wells
  • Zone Law

PROPERTY & CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

  • AlexanderDorrington
  • Domain Legal
  • Kate Sheehan
  • Thompson Blackie Biddles

INSURANCE SPECIALIST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

  • Fee Langstone
  • Gilbert Walker
  • Robertsons
  • Shine Lawyers
  • Wotton + Kearney

BOUTIQUE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

  • BlackmanSpargo Rural Law
  • Couch Harlowe Kovacevich
  • Flacks & Wong
  • Franks Ogilvie
  • Hudson Gavin Martin
  • Morrison Mallett
  • Sykes Legal
  • Webb Henderson

ARTEMIS EXECUTIVE RECRUITMENT EMPLOYER OF CHOICE (<50 LAWYERS)

  • James & Wells
  • Juno Legal
  • Norling Law
  • Norris Ward McKinnon
  • PwC Legal
  • Smith and Partners Lawyers
  • Webb Henderson
  • Wotton + Kearney
  • WRMK Lawyers
Artemis

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

  • AJ Park
  • Lane Neave
  • Tompkins Wake
  • Wynn Williams
Artemis

ARTEMIS EXECUTIVE RECRUITMENT EMPLOYER OF CHOICE (>100 LAWYERS)

  • Anderson Lloyd
  • Anthony Harper
  • Bell Gully
  • Buddle Findlay
  • Chapman Tripp
  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Russell McVeagh
  • Simpson Grierson
Artemis

RESOLUTION INSTITUTE MEDIATOR OF THE YEAR

  • Hayden Wilson, Dentons Kensington Swan
  • Matthew Clayton, Talk-Meet-Resolve
  • Mr Wi Pere Mita (BA/LLB), Laidlaw Consultants
Resolution Institute

YOUNG PRIVATE PRACTICE LAWYER OF THE YEAR (35 OR UNDER)

  • Anna Cherkashina, Norling Law
  • Ashton Goatley, Webb Henderson
  • Beatrix H Woodhouse, John Miller Law
  • Brad Ward, Bell Gully
  • Ed McGimpsey, Buddle Findlay
  • Michelle Needham, Lane Neave
  • Nick Valentine, DLA Piper
  • Stephanie de Groot, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Tom McLaughlin, Dentons Kensington Swan
  • Will Irving, Russell McVeagh

MANAGING PARTNER OF THE YEAR (≤100 LAWYERS)

  • Angela Parlane, Shine Lawyers
  • Edwin Morrison, K3 Legal
  • Philip Maw, Wynn Williams 
  • Sally Morris, Morris Legal
  • Sam Hood, Norris Ward McKinnon, Hamilton
  • Tim Walden, James & Wells

MANAGING PARTNER OF THE YEAR (>100 LAWYERS)

  • Anne Callinan, Simpson Grierson
  • Haydn Wong, Bell Gully
  • Jennifer Caldwell, Buddle Findlay
  • Malcolm Hurley, Anthony Harper
  • Richard Greenaway, Anderson Lloyd

REGIONAL/SUBURBAN LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

  • BlackmanSpargo Rural Law
  • Dean & Coleman Law
  • Norris Ward McKinnon
  • WRMK Lawyers

MID-SIZE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

  • Cavell Leitch
  • Harmos Horton Lusk
  • Martelli McKegg Lawyers
  • Mayne Wetherell
  • Norris Ward McKinnon
  • Tompkins Wake
  • WRMK Lawyers
  • Wynn Williams

LARGE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

  • Anderson Lloyd
  • Anthony Harper
  • Bell Gully
  • Buddle Findlay
  • Chapman Tripp
  • Lane Neave
  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Russell McVeagh
  • Simpson Grierson

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