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Fiona Bennett


Corporate & commercial
Construction & major projects

Fiona specialises in corporate and commercial law with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, construction and procurement contracts, joint venture arrangements, takeovers, securities law and finance.

With considerable experience in procurement and construction law, Fiona has in-depth knowledge of the NEC4 suite of construction contracts and other New Zealand and international forms of procurement and construction conventions.

Recent highlights

Has advised:

  • ASX-listed QMS Media on the merger of its New Zealand businesses with MediaWorks Investments
  • SLI Systems on a takeover offer and subsequent delisting from the NZX main board
  • Christchurch City Holdings on its 2017 and 2018 retail bond issues, listing those bonds on the NZX debt market and implementation of a commercial paper programme
  • Wynyard Group on its $65m IPO and NZX main board listing
  • Kathmandu Holdings on the 2015 takeover offer by Briscoes Group for all of the shares in Kathmandu and on its 2017 capital raising
  • Holcim on the sale of its lime and aggregate businesses and the consultancy, supply and construction contracts for its cement import facilities
  • Antarctica New Zealand on the procurement strategy and consultancy and procurement contracts for the Scott Base redevelopment project
  • Meridian Energy on procurement work for its Mill Creek, West Wind and Te Uku wind farms and refurbishment of its hydro stations
  • Meridian Energy Australia on construction and procurement contracts for the Mount Mercer Wind Farm in Australia.


  • Society of Construction Law.

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CCHL makes breakthrough sustainability bond offer

Chapman Tripp is pleased to have advised Christchurch City Holdings Limited (CCHL) on the first sustainability bond offer in the New Zealand market to be made in reliance on a specific exemption from the Financial Markets Authority.

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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.

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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.

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Impact investment poised for lift off

​Increasing investor interest, evolving data capability and rapid advances in markets are aligning to create the conditions for a growth surge in impact investment in New Zealand.

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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.

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