We invest in initiatives that positively support our community

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Being connected to our community and our environment is part of our DNA – and has been for over 100 years. We are proud to play an active role within the communities in which we work, providing funding, legal skills and time, in order to make a difference. Our focus is supporting youth and education, charitable entities and social business initiatives, and a flourishing arts community in Aotearoa New Zealand. We have formal partnerships with four community organisations:

In the community

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At Chapman Tripp, we all like to give something back. Everyone has the opportunity to volunteer either by providing pro bono legal advice, or by doing something in their local community that’s got nothing to do with their everyday job.Greer Fredricson, Community Director
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Continuing Sir Peter Blake's leadership legacy

Through adventure, participation, education and enjoyment, BLAKE inspires people to care for the environment, and prepare them to lead environmental change.

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Building a better future for our talented youth

First Foundation’s work is closely aligned with our firm values and positive contribution to New Zealand's youth and their education.

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On a mission to enhance the health experience in Canterbury

Māia Health Foundation is raising money for game-changing projects for Canterbury's health system.

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Enriching the cultural life of Aotearoa

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We are passionate about the arts and proud to have supported New Zealand Opera for more than 25 years.

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Investing our time and legal expertise through pro bono

We support a wide and diverse range of pro bono clients. We believe that supporting worthwhile organisations should simply be part of life at Chapman Tripp. Since we first began our pro bono programme, we’ve provided legal support to more than 700 individuals and organisations.

Separately, all our people are given an additional day of leave each year to volunteer for a good cause of their choice.

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A long-standing and proud supporter of the arts in New Zealand

We work closely with a number of organisations. New Zealand Opera is one of our key partners, and has been for over 25 years. We support Arts Access Aotearoa, who increase access to the arts for people who experience barriers to participation. We support Christchurch Symphony Orchestra; which plays an important role in the cultural landscape of the community, and Circa Theatre; which has been championing theatre in New Zealand for more than 40 years.

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Our recent news

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Partner on important NZX governing body

Chapman Tripp partner Rachel Dunne has been appointed a foundation member of the NZX Corporate Governance Institute, which NZX expects will become a centre of excellence for corporate governance in New Zealand’s listed companies.

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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.

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NZ Debt Capital Markets Guidelines

The New Zealand Debt Capital Markets Guidelines, released yesterday by the New Zealand Financial Markets Association (NZFMA), are a welcome development which will support the continued growth of New Zealand’s wholesale bond market.

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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.

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Sale of Kiwi Wealth business to Fisher Funds

We are pleased to have advised Kiwi Group Holdings Limited (KGHL) on the sale of Kiwi Wealth to Fisher Funds for NZ$310 million.

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Expanding our patent-attorney service offer

We are celebrating another milestone in the growth of our specialist patent-attorney firm, Chapman Tripp Patents (CT Patents), with the appointment of a new senior patent attorney.

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Assisting Oceania on sustainability-linked loan

We are pleased to have assisted retirement village operator Oceania Healthcare Limited with a $500m sustainability-linked loan, and with developing a sustainable finance framework.

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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.

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Celebrating eight new senior associates

Julia Adams, Liora Bercovitch, William Cheyne, Richard Hutchison, Tom Jemson, Rachael Jones, Guy Jones, and Rosa McPhee have been promoted, recognising their expertise and contribution to the firm.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Helping Precinct Properties to next stage

We are pleased to have assisted Precinct Properties New Zealand (NZX: PCT) to achieve a ground-changing strategic partnership with Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC.

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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.

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Major Dutch Bank enters Kauri Bond market

We were pleased to assist a new international sustainable bond issuer to enter the NZ Kauri Bond market.

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