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THE NEW ZEALAND LAW AWARDS 2020 FINALISTS


 

DEAL AWARDS

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Debt Market Deal of the Year

Acquisition financing of Vodafone New Zealand
  • 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
Argosy Green Bonds issuance
  • Advisors: ANZ Bank New Zealand, Forsyth Barr, Jarden and Hobson Wealth
  • Firms: Dentons Kensington Swan, Russell McVeagh
Kāinga Ora – Housing New Zealand Wellbeing bonds
  • Banks: ANZ Bank New Zealand, Westpac Banking Corporation
  • Firm: Chapman Tripp
LGFA syndicated bond offers
  • Firms: Russell McVeagh
  • Banks: ANZ Bank New Zealand, Bank of New Zealand, Westpac Banking Corporation

Equity Market Deal of the Year

Infratil institutional placement and AREO
  • Accountants:  Deloitte, Ernst & Young
  • Firms: Chapman Tripp, Simpson Grierson
  • Banks: Deutsche Bank AG, New Zealand Banking Group Limited, MUFG Bank, UBS Investment Bank
Kathmandu AREO
  • Accountant: Deloitte
  • Advisors: Credit Suisse, Deutsche Craigs, Jarden
  • Firms: Baker McKenzie, Chapman Tripp, Gadens, Gilbert + Tobin, Russell McVeagh
Napier Port IPO
  • 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

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
  • Accountants: 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
  • Advisors: CBRE, Sanderson Weir
  • Firms: Bell Gully, Buddle Findlay, Mayne Wetherell, MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Simpson Grierson
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

Mid Market Deal of the Year

Auckland Council green bonds issuance
  • 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
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
  • Firms: MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Webb Henderson
Synlait acquisition of Dairyworks
  • Accountants: BDO, KPMG
  • Firms: Anthony Harper

Project Finance Deal of the Year

City Rail Link
  • Firms: Buddle Findlay, Chapman Tripp, Clayton Utz, MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Russell McVeagh, Simpson Grierson
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

New Zealand Deal of the Year

Winners of the above listed deal categories, excluding Mid-Market Deal of the Year, will automatically become finalists for New Zealand Deal of the Year.

 

 

IN-HOUSE AWARDS

 

Young In-house Lawyer of the Year (35 or under)

  • Emily Acland, Vocus
  • Emma Biggs, Spark New Zealand
  • Tracy Finlayson, Ministry of Education
  • Joanna Khoo, Chubb Insurance New Zealand
  • Rachel O'Brien, BNZ
  • Megan Potter, CooperAitken
  • Vivian-Lee Schaaf, Auckland Council
  • Leah Taylor, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
  • Olivia Taylor, Foodstuffs
  • Jono Willis, Lion

In-house Lawyer of the Year

  • Julian Benefield, Foodstuffs North Island
  • Hayley Michelle Cassidy, BNZ
  • Stephanie Manning, Canterbury District Health Board
  • Jason Nichols, Fonterra
  • Jo Wong, SkyCity Entertainment Group

Russell McVeagh In-House Team of the Year

  • Auckland Council Legal Services Team
  • BNZ Legal Services Team
  • Chorus
  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Legal Team
  • Fonterra Legal Team
  • Genesis Energy Legal Team
  • SkyCity Entertainment Group
  • Spark New Zealand
  • Vector
  • Vodafone New Zealand

Simpson Grierson Financial Services In-House Team of the Year

  • AIA New Zealand
  • AMP Wealth
  • ANZ Bank New Zealand
  • BNZ
  • Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation
  • Westpac

 

 

FIRM AWARDS

Deal Team of the Year (< 100 Lawyers)

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

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 Deal Team
  • Russell McVeagh, Corporate Advisory Team
  • Simpson Grierson

Niche Consulting Group Limited Employment Law Specialist Firm of the Year

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

Litigation & Dispute Resolution Specialist Law Firm of the Year

  • Gilbert Walker
  • K3 Legal
  • LeeSalmonLong
  • Morris Legal
  • Norling Law
  • Practica Legal
  • Rice Speir
  • Shine Lawyers New Zealand
  • Wilson Harle

Western Union Business Solution Intellectual Property Specialist Law Firm of the Year

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

Property & Construction Specialist Law Firm of the Year

  • AlexanderDorrington Lawyers
  • Domain Legal
  • Thompson Blackie Biddles

Insurance Specialist Law Firm of the Year

  • Fee Langstone
  • Gilbert Walker
  • Shine Lawyers New Zealand Limited ("Shine")
  • Wotton + Kearney

Boutique Law Firm of the Year

  • Couch Harlowe Kovacevich
  • Flacks & Wong
  • Gilbert Walker
  • Hudson Gavin Martin
  • K3 Legal
  • Layburn Hodgins
  • Morris Legal
  • Norling Law
  • Shine Lawyers New Zealand
  • Webb Henderson

Artemis Executive Recruitment Employer of Choice (<50 lawyers="" h3="">
  • AJ Park
  • Harmos Horton Lusk
  • James & Wells
  • Juno Legal
  • Layburn Hodgins
  • Morris Legal
  • Norling Law
  • Webb Henderson
  • Wotton + Kearney
  • WRMK Lawyers

Artemis Executive Recruitment Employer of Choice (51-100 Lawyers)

  • Anthony Harper
  • Tompkins Wake

Artemis Executive Recruitment Employer of Choice (>100 Lawyers)

  • Anderson Lloyd
  • Bell Gully
  • Buddle Findlay
  • Chapman Tripp
  • Dentons Kensington Swan
  • MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Russell McVeagh
  • Simpson Grierson

Resolution Institute Mediator of the Year

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

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

  • Maria Clezy, Buddle Findlay
  • Jordan Cox, Webb Henderson
  • Igor Drinkovic, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Natasha Garvan, Bell Gully
  • Angela Harford, Bell Gully
  • Wook Jin Lee, Dentons Kensington Swan
  • Emma Manohar, DLA Piper
  • Emma Moran, DLA Piper
  • Shane Swinerd, DLA Piper
  • Nick Valentine, DLA Piper
  • David Weavers, Russell McVeagh

Managing Partner of the Year (≤100 Lawyers)

  • Jon Calder, Tompkins Wake
  • Sam Hood, Norris Ward McKinnon
  • Malcolm Hurley, Anthony Harper
  • Edwin Morrison, K3 Legal
  • Angela Parlane, Shine Lawyers NZ
  • Tim Walden, James & Wells
  • David Westlake Jones (Wes Jones), Baldwins

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

Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

  • BlackmanSpargo Rural Law
  • Henderson Reeves
  • Southern Legal Lawyers
  • Stevens Orchard Lawyers
  • WRMK Lawyers

Mid-size Law Firm of the Year

  • Harmos Horton Lusk – Corporate team
  • Martelli McKegg
  • Mayne Wetherell
  • Norris Ward McKinnon, Hamilton
  • Tompkins Wake
  • WRMK Lawyers

Large Law Firm of the Year

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

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