Daniel Kalderimis Daniel Kalderimis

Daniel Kalderimis

Litigation & dispute resolution

Daniel is an experienced advocate and adviser for complex disputes in commercial, insolvency and public law contexts.

Clients describe him as “a sharp, skilled advocate", who is “extremely easy to work with" and “excellent in landmark cases" (Legal 500, 2016-2020). He is invaluable to have on your side in a difficult case, bringing clarity, creativity, insight and impact across the full range of litigation and ADR procedures.

Daniel also leads the firm's International Law team. He provides thoughtful advice and representation on a wide range of international legal issues. With world-class expertise in cross-border litigation and international arbitration, he publishes widely and is the only New Zealand firm practitioner listed in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration, which says, “He has real genius and a razor-sharp understanding of legal issues, which he translates into effective advocacy" (2019).

Recently, with colleague Nicola Swan, Daniel has written an advisory opinion on climate change and legal duties, and is active before the courts in this emerging area.

He is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 and Chambers Global 2020 and also recognised as a leading individual for dispute resolution by Legal 500 Asia Pacific, where he is included in the Hall of Fame for having been listed for eight consecutive years.

Recent highlights

Has represented:

  • Fonterra in an ongoing climate change test case, as well several other disputes, including a Singapore UNCITRAL arbitration (and ancillary court proceedings in New Zealand), a domestic arbitration in New Zealand and High Court litigation, including variously breach of confidence, defamation and commercial contract issues
  • New Zealand Steel in a successful judicial review of a Minister's decision not to impose countervailing duties on steel imports from China
  • L&M Coal Holdings in successfully suing Bathurst Mining for US$40m in a contractual dispute
  • ANZ, BNZ, Westpac, CBA, BTMU and Deutsche Bank in defending a deed of company arrangement entered into by state-owned enterprise Solid Energy following a large-scale debt restructuring
  • Government of Kazakhstan in obtaining, from the New Zealand courts, an order of subpoena compelling an internet company to provide data for use in United States court proceedings
  • a United Kingdom investor against the Republic of Indonesia, in the first bilateral investment treaty arbitration hearing held in New Zealand.


  • Convenor of the New Zealand Law Society Civil Litigation and Tribunals Committee.
  • Adjunct lecturer at Victoria University Law School, teaching civil procedure; and regular faculty member at the NZLS Litigation Skills course.
  • Fellow of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand.
Clients say that Daniel is extremely smart, a great communicator and a really compelling advocate.Chambers (2018)

Daniel's insights

See all insights

green shoots in soil

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.

Read more

covid 19

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.

Read more

plane flying over cargo ship

Trade reform needed in wake of global disruption

The multilateral rules-based system, including the WTO, is more important than ever. But the system is under significant stress and its rules need to be updated...

Read more

abstract earth graphic

International trade up in the air

Predicted international trade events in 2017 fared well, the firm is now looking at what to expect in 2019.

Read more

Others in the team

See all people