01 January 0001
Our latest news
New Property Partner for Chapman Tripp Christchurch
We are delighted to announce that Ingrid Taylor is joining our Christchurch team as a Partner in our Property practice. Ingrid is an experienced and successful property practitioner, and previously led Christchurch firm, Taylor Shaw.
Wellington City Council finalises significant deal under the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act
We are delighted to have advised Wellington City Council on its significant deal under the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act. The deal, which includes an innovative funding model which will fund the construction of a new sludge minimisation facility at Moa Point.
Chapman Tripp announced finalist in 2023 Women in Business Law Awards
Chapman Tripp has been announced as a New Zealand Firm of the Year finalist in the 2023 Women in Business Law Awards, and four of its Partners have also been shortlisted, highlighting their accomplishments and contributions to the legal profession.
Mānawatia a Matariki: A lot to celebrate this Matariki
Te Waka Ture, Chapman Tripp’s Māori Business Team, finds much to celebrate and reflect on in its Trends & Insights publication Te Ao Māori, released today to mark Matariki.
Chapman Tripp advises Vector on sale of 50% interest in Vector Metering to QIC
We are delighted to have advised Vector on the sale of 50% of its New Zealand and Australian metering business, Vector Metering, to QIC Private Capital for an EV of NZ$2.5b and gross proceeds to Vector of NZ$1.7b.
Chapman Tripp advises Infratil on $935m equity capital markets raising
Chapman Tripp has advised Infratil on its $935m equity capital markets raising to part fund the acquisition of Brookfield Asset Management’s 49.9% stake in One New Zealand (One NZ) for $1.8 billion. For more information, read our press release.
Class actions on a growth path making policy reform urgent
Class actions are on a growth trajectory in New Zealand, fuelled by a mix of factors including increased interest from offshore funders, growing share market activism, increasing data security risk, and a stronger consumer focus in commercial regulation. Our latest publication Class Actions in New Zealand takes stock of the class action landscape in New Zealand.
Chapman Tripp advises Connexa on $1.076 billion deal to acquire 2degrees’ passive cell tower assets
Chapman Tripp advised Connexa on $1.076 billion deal to acquire 2degrees’ passive cell tower assets. Connexa agreed to acquire 1,124 passive mobile telecommunication towers from 2degrees in December 2022 and the transaction is now complete. In connection with the transaction, 2degrees entered into a 20-year services agreement with Connexa, under which Connexa will provide access to space on the towers. 2degrees has also committed to an additional 450 tower tenancies with Connexa.
Eight promoted to Senior Associate
We have promoted eight Senior Solicitors to Senior Associate, with effect 1 June 2023. Brendan Abley, George Spittle, Jasmin Moran, Kishan Gunatunga, Llewellyn Teeling, Meika McHardy, Ryan Bridgman, Sophie Harker have been promoted, recognising their expertise and contribution to the firm.
Chapman Tripp assists NZ Steel on landmark decarbonisation agreement
Chapman Tripp is delighted to have advised New Zealand Steel and BlueScope on the Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry partnership funding agreement between NZ Steel and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), to build an electric arc furnace at NZ Steel’s Glenbrook steel works, south of Auckland, for a total cost of around NZ$300 million.
Chapman Tripp wins NZ Deal Firm of the Year award at the Australasian Law Awards
Chapman Tripp is delighted to have scooped up the New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year award at last night’s Australasian Law Awards.
The future of banking in a time of turbulence
Even before the shocks created by the recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse, the New Zealand banking system was undergoing a transformation which will make the next 10 years dramatically different to the last 80, says Chapman Tripp in The banking industry: a look ahead.
The business of nature: new legal opinion outlines emerging expectations on directors to manage nature-related risk
A new legal opinion by Chapman Tripp for The Aotearoa Circle advises that prudent directors and businesses should be starting on the path to identify, assess and manage nature-related risks, particularly if they depend on the environment for their business model.
Funding in a difficult market – NZX/ASX Top 50 analysis
Our latest NZX/ASX Top 50 Funding Composition Trends & Insights reports that listed companies will face distinct funding challenges this year in a “Chicken Licken” market infused with a sense of impending catastrophe.
Two Senior Associates recognised by NZ Lawyer as Rising Stars
We are delighted that Janko Marcetic and Tom Jemson have been recognised as Rising Stars by NZ Lawyer.
Chapman Tripp advises on duo of international social bond offers, including world first orange bond
Chapman Tripp has assisted on two leading-edge international social bond offers closing within a week of each other, from Impact Investment Exchange and International Finance Corporation.
Chapman Tripp assists Fonterra with Nestlé partnership to develop net zero carbon dairy farm
Chapman Tripp is pleased to have advised Fonterra on its new partnership arrangements with Nestlé, designed to help reduce New Zealand’s on-farm emissions and help both companies accelerate progress towards their greenhouse gas emission goals.
Chapman Tripp creates Director role to support growing Climate, Sustainability and ESG practice
Chapman Tripp is delighted to announce that Kate Wilson Butler has been appointed as Director of our Climate, Sustainability and ESG practice.
Congratulations to our new Senior Solicitors
We are delighted to have appointed nine new Senior Solicitors. Justin Kim, Andrea Curcio Lamas, Harry Pye, Emma Littlewood, Alexandra Bensemann, Stephanie Knowler, Ash Hebden, Ffion Davies, and Jun Kim have been promoted, recognising their expertise and contribution to the firm.
Chapman Tripp awarded New Zealand Law Firm of the Year for the seventh year running
Chapman Tripp has won New Zealand Law Firm of the Year at the 2022 KangaNews Awards for the Australian and New Zealand debt markets.
Hard slog for infrastructure
The New Zealand infrastructure sector is facing exceptional challenges – economic, financial, environmental, logistical and regulatory – as the Government seeks to create a more sustainable and climate resilient economy in a world which is becoming less predictable.
NZ$3 billion sovereign green bond issuance set to stimulate sustainable finance market
Chapman Tripp is pleased to have advised Te Tai Ōhanga – The Treasury on New Zealand’s first sovereign green bonds and development of the New Zealand Sovereign Green Bond Framework.
Westpac’s financing heats up NZ's largest solar project
Chapman Tripp is pleased to have assisted Westpac New Zealand to finance New Zealand’s largest solar project to date – five solar farms, being developed by Lodestone Energy, and constructed in Dargaville, Kaitaia, Waiotahe Valley, Edgecumbe and Whitianga.
Celebrating four new Partners and one Special Counsel
Grace Rippingale, Alex Franks, Vivian Cheng and Sam Holden have been promoted to Partner; and Sarah Jackson has been promoted to Special Counsel.
Chapman Tripp advises OTPP on acquisition of Spark TowerCo in NZ$1.15b deal
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (OTPP) has acquired 70% of Spark New Zealand’s mobile tower business in a NZ$1.15b deal that closed on 14 October 2022. This transaction is the first carve-out of a mobile network operator’s passive tower infrastructure agreed in the New Zealand market.
Chapman Tripp proud to contribute to New Zealand’s first Stewardship Code
The 2022 Responsible Investment Aotearoa NZ Conference has seen the launch of New Zealand’s first Stewardship Code, which provides guiding principles for stewardship for responsible investors in New Zealand.
Chorus taps the European bond markets for successful refinance
We were pleased to help Chorus complete its first issue of European medium term notes (EMTN) since 2019 and its first ‘any and all’ tender offer - to repurchase existing EMTNs due to mature in 2023.
Sharing jubilance with long-term client Partners Life
This month global life insurance specialist Dai-ichi Life Holdings Inc announced the purchase of 100% of the shares in Partners Group Holdings Limited, the parent company of Partners Life Limited.
Milestone achieved on diversity and inclusion programme with Rainbow Tick
Having received a preliminary pass in December last year, we have met the criteria to be certified with the Rainbow Tick, signifying our ongoing dedication to ensuring our people can be their authentic selves in the workplace.
New Zealand’s longest serving law firm partner retires
Arthur Young, a law veteran and Chapman Tripp senior partner, enters his retirement after 65 years of service to New Zealand’s legal profession.
Breaking into 1st division for sustainable finance
New Zealand is currently a not-so-fast follower in global terms for sustainable finance. Even though on an upward trajectory, other countries are setting a cracking pace.
Time for directors to bring their best game to the board
“Any director who thought that, once the world entered post-pandemic mode, things would settle down and life would be easier – will be well and truly disabused of that notion by now.”
Inspiring young people to take action for the environment
Following three successful pilots, BLAKE is expanding delivery of its Explorers programme across Auckland in 2022 with support from Chapman Tripp.
Cautious optimism for NZX Top 50 with tough terrain ahead
Our latest NZX Top 50 Funding Composition Trends & Insights publication reports that New Zealand’s largest companies have a shared optimism for their ability to raise funds, in what looks to be a challenging year ahead.
Philip Ascroft recognised for exceptional young talent
Philip Ascroft, a highly respected senior lawyer within our market-leading equity capital markets (ECM) practice, has been recognised by NZ Lawyer as a Rising Star.
Congratulating Auckland City Mission on the opening of HomeGround
We are proud to have been able to provide legal support to Auckland City Mission on its flagship HomeGround facility.
First New Zealand law firm to join Net Zero Lawyers Alliance
We are the first New Zealand law firm to sign up to the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance – a collaboration of top-tier law firms committed to accelerating the transition to net zero emissions by 2050.
Winton lands $350m with assistance from Chapman Tripp
We assisted residential land developer Winton Land Limited to raise $350m through an IPO and to list on both the NZX Main Board and the ASX.
Elite Women recognition for Chapman Tripp partner Te Aopare Dewes
Our Māori Legal Group head and corporate partner Te Aopare Dewes has been recognised on NZ Lawyer’s 2021 Elite Women list.
Chapman Tripp supports child and youth mental health with Māia Health Foundation
We are proud to announce a new Community Partner – Māia Health Foundation, raising money for game-changing projects for Canterbury's health system.
Chapman Tripp helps solarZero illuminate NZs solar energy resources
We are proud to have assisted solarZero to bring climate friendly solar energy to schools across New Zealand, advising the business on new funding from NZGIF.
Chapman Tripp partners with medical technology innovator Mātai
We are proud to announce a new partnership with Mātai, a not-for-profit research centre focused on enhancing the capabilities of medical imaging (MRI) using advanced software and machine learning.
The standout winner amongst competition at legal awards
Chapman Tripp scooped up the most coveted award at the annual New Zealand Law Awards, winning Large Law Firm of the Year, as well as recognition across four deal category awards.
Chapman Tripp graduate recruitment campaign rated as one of the best
Chapman Tripp is the only law firm recognised by students across New Zealand in the Top 10 Best Graduate Campaigns for 2021 in a recent Student Pulse Report survey produced by Talent Solutions.
Partnership ‘powers up’ with climate change expert
We are pleased to welcome a new partner with the promotion of Alana Lampitt − a resource management and environmental law practitioner with specialist expertise in climate change regulation and emissions trading.
A sweet result for the South Island Office with Sara Lee purchase
Chapman Tripp is pleased to have assisted New Zealand based investment group the South Island Office (through its investment entities) on all aspects of the AU$95m purchase of consumer favourite Sara Lee from McCain Foods.
Clean Energy Tool promotes renewable energy projects in New Zealand
We've joined forces with global law firm Simmons & Simmons to provide the New Zealand chapter for its online Clean Energy Tool.
Chapman Tripp takes the lead with consulting service
Responding to growing demand for combined legal and advisory work, we are New Zealand’s first large law firm to offer a local team of consultants – competing head-to-head with the ‘Big Four’.
Auckland clubs approve amalgamation in watershed deal for the racing industry
Members of the Auckland Racing Club (ARC) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of ARC and Counties Racing Club (CRC) amalgamating into a new combined club, named Auckland Thoroughbred Racing Incorporated.
Two eminent leaders named Influential Lawyers for 2021
Rachel Dunne and Nicola Swan have been named Young Influencers on the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers 2021 list, highlighting their accomplishments and contributions to the legal profession. Dunne is also one of two exclusively recognised Lawyers for ‘Capital Markets: Equity in New Zealand’ in IFLR’s Asia Future Leaders 2021.
Chapman Tripp named New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year
Our corporate and commercial team were named New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year at this year’s Australasian Law Awards.
Chapman Tripp maintains market lead in sustainable bonds
We acted as sole legal counsel on two ground-breaking sustainable bond issuances – the first new green bond for Precinct Properties and the first sustainable development Kauri bond for AAA/AAA/Aaa-rated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
solarZero picks up NZGIF’s fifth investment with innovative debt facility
Our experts advised solar energy services company solarZero on a $10m investment from NZGIF, using an innovative mezzanine debt facility – demonstrating public and private sector investment into NZ green initiatives.
Chapman Tripp named Chambers NZ Law Firm of the Year
We have been recognised at the 2021 Chambers Asia Pacific Awards as New Zealand Law Firm of the Year.
A humming start to 2021 for NZ’s equity capital markets
We have observed a busy Q1, advising on all major ($5m+) equity capital market transactions on the NZX.
My Food Bag plates up with legal experts at Chapman Tripp
Today marks a significant milestone for New Zealand well-known brand, My Food Bag, as it lists on the NZX Main Board and ASX following a successful initial public offering.
Inaugural issue of NZX-listed retail bonds for Arvida
Kicking off the market with New Zealand’s first retail issuance of 2021 is Arvida’s inaugural issue of NZX-listed retail bonds, diversifying its funding sources and debt tenor.
Te Waka Ture assists Ngāpuhi invest in one of NZ's largest soft berryfruit growing operations
A joint venture, led by the investment arm of Ngāpuhi, partnering with Northland grower Maungatapere Berries and Far North District Council, will develop a sustainability-focused, high-tech hydroponics berryfruit operation.
Hundreds vote outstanding debt market performers
KangaNews received votes from hundreds of those involved in the Australian and New Zealand debt markets keen to recognise the achievements of 2020's most outstanding performers. Chapman Tripp has been named New Zealand Law Firm of the Year for the fifth consecutive year.
Best visual identity in the professional services sector
With the help of creative agency Iceberg, we are pleased to have won the Transform Magazine Gold Award for ‘Best visual identity from the professional services sector’.
Tikanga Māori supports successful Westhaven decision for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
In a decision made by the High Court, the Environment Court has jurisdiction to consider, and make findings about, the relative strengths of hapu and iwi relationships in an area affected by a resource consent application – delivering a successful outcome for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.
Newly-appointed Special Counsel in hot demand with international clients
We have elevated Joshua Jones to Special Counsel, recognising the skills and impressive network of international contacts he brings to the firm’s financial restructuring and insolvency practice.
New Zealand infrastructure – ready for lift-off?
Pressure on all forms of infrastructure in New Zealand remains high with little evidence of physical progress in recent years. But, we may now be about to obtain lift-off, according to our latest publication, New Zealand Infrastructure – trends & insights.
A time for boardrooms to hold their nerve
The opportunity is out there – to ‘build back better’, but this is going to require effective governance and, in some of the more exposed sectors, a willingness to work through difficult conditions. This, and more themes are discussed in our 2020 edition of Corporate Governance – trends and insights.
Climate change no longer just an environmental concern
Our experts have stated that management of climate risk is not about compliance and understanding climate risk is key to mid-long term strategy and resilience.
Ross Pennington receives INFINZ Distinguished Fellowship appointment
Pennington shone under the spotlight at the annual INFINZ Awards, where he was recognised with a Distinguished Fellowship appointment for his significant and valuable contribution to New Zealand’s finance and capital markets industry.
Chapman Tripp recognised as finalists in graduate recruitment industry awards
We are the only law firm to be recognised as a finalist in the 2020 New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers (NZAGE) Industry Awards, celebrating excellence throughout graduate and youth recruitment.
Mercury's new green bond and green financing framework
Chapman Tripp and Mercury today jointly celebrate New Zealand’s first new retail green bond of 2020, totalling $200 million.
Will COVID-19 and climate change make NZ more litigious?
Read our latest Trends & Insights publication including observations across class actions, litigation funding, climate change-related disputes and the changing environment for access to the courts.
Certified commitment to environmental sustainability
We meet the requirements of Toitū's carbonreduce® certification programme, having measured our GHG emissions. We are committed to managing and reducing our carbon footprint.
Finance partner recognised as Market Person of the Year
Ross Pennington has been recognised by KangaNews for his contribution to the development of the Australian and New Zealand debt markets.
Over $2.35b capital raised with equity capital markets experts
Our equity capital markets team has advised clients on capital raisings totalling over $2.35b since NZX Regulation released its COVID-19 relief package.
Generating social and environmental benefits alongside financial return
We are proud to have advised NZGIF on its investment to help Wellington’s port decarbonise – the first to benefit from NZGIF’s $100m in investment capital.
Six equity capital raisings in response to COVID‑19, to raise almost $2b
We have been trusted counsel on more capital raisings in response to COVID-19 than any other law firm in NZ.
Recovering from COVID‑19: the critical legal pathways
We have published a visual diagram to illustrate the legal pathways required for businesses and economies to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Innovation and change abounds for equity capital markets
New Zealand’s equity capital markets are showing signs of revival, read more in the firm's annual Trends and Insights publication.
Advising InfraRed Capital Partners on sale of stake in Auckland South Corrections Facility PPP
We advised InfraRed Capital Partners on sale of stake in Auckland South Corrections Facility PPP. The transaction is the first secondary PPP transaction in New Zealand.
Kathmandu's transformational acquisition of Rip Curl
Assisting NZX and ASX-listed Kathmandu Holdings as lead legal advisors on the NZ$368m acquisition of Rip Curl and associated debt and equity funding arrangements.
Celebrating the promotion of three senior solicitors
Chapman Tripp is pleased to announce the promotion of three senior solicitors in its Wellington office.
Advising Infratil on Vodafone deal and capital-raising
We advised Infratil on the $3.4b acquisition of Vodafone New Zealand and $400m capital raising.
Churchill a potential champion for directors in paper war
Directors may find a champion in Sir Winston Churchill as they fight the battle of the bulging board information pack...
Chapman Tripp advises Mercury on new Turitea windfarm
We advised Mercury on the construction and long-term maintenance of a new windfarm at Turitea near Palmerston North.
Managing IP New Zealand Contentious Firm of the Year
Chapman Tripp has won the New Zealand Contentious Firm of the Year Award 2019 at the Managing IP Asia-Pacific Awards.
IFLR Asia-Pacific's most innovative New Zealand law firm
Chapman Tripp has won the Most Innovative National Law Firm (New Zealand) Award in the IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards for the third consecutive year.
Top 25 NZX companies not reliant on banks for funding
A more cautious approach to capital within banks and higher interest rates, coupled with greater diversity of funding sources available, have driven several of the top 50 NZX-listed companies to look elsewhere...
M&A market: Strong demand for now but threats from abroad and at home
Buyer interest is strong going into this year but this momentum is threatened by developments abroad and at home, Chapman Tripp says.
Chapman Tripp proud to adopt formal te reo Māori policy
Chapman Tripp is proud to announce it has adopted a formal te reo Māori policy.
The stage is set for more vibrant equity capital markets
The stage is set for a rebound of New Zealand’s equity capital markets, with much brighter years now firmly in sight, Chapman Tripp says.
Disclosure – a key performance and risk area for boards
The quality of disclosure is improving in response to regulatory signals but has a way to go yet despite a recent high profile reminder from mining giant Rio Tinto about the costs of getting it wrong.
Iwi business flourishing – more benefits for members
The Māori economy has powered beyond $50b and business-savvy iwi are now extending their investment into more social initiatives that directly benefit iwi members.
M&A off to strong start, but challenges on the horizon
Regulatory risk featured large in the mergers and acquisitions market last year and is shaping up to be a big factor again this year.
Crown-Māori relationship evolves as $50b industry grows
Continued growth in the Māori economy off the back of what has been a tumultuous Treaty settlement process will see more active participation of iwi groups in New Zealand’s domestic M&A market, Chapman Tripp says.