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Weaving tikanga Māori and the common law into new cloth

30 November 2022

The Supreme Court in the Ellis v R decision has elevated tikanga Māori in the law of Aotearoa New Zealand.[1] Where previously the Supreme Court has found that tikanga Māori is just one common law value to be weighed among others, the Ellis judgment acknowledges tikanga as a freestanding legal framework that may determine the result of future cases.

Workplace Watch

28 November 2022

The Government’s busy labour market reform agenda continues to be a strong theme in this edition of Workplace Watch. We report on the new whistleblower protections, provide updates on the Fair Pay Agreements legislation, the income insurance scheme, and several other updates of interest.

Fair Pay Agreements Act passes

27 October 2022

The Fair Pay Agreements Act, providing a mechanism to promote collective bargaining on an industry or occupational basis, will come into effect on 1 December.

HSBC ads banned for greenwashing

21 October 2022

Two HSBC advertisements promoting the company’s climate change response have been banned by the UK Advertising Standards Authority for omitting reference to the HSBC’s continued financing of fossil fuel projects and links to deforestation. This is the first greenwashing decision against a bank and represents a clear warning around advertising sustainable finance and net zero goals.

Day 1 of the Takeovers Code – from the trenches

18 October 2022

1 July 2022 marked the 21st anniversary of the New Zealand Takeovers Code. Then Takeovers Panel Deputy Chair David Jones, and Chapman Tripp Partner John Strowger, reflect on the high profile Montana takeover on the day the code came into force.

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News (137)

Chapman Tripp awarded New Zealand Law Firm of the Year for the seventh year running

29 November 2022

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

21 November 2022

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

16 November 2022

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

01 November 2022

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

25 October 2022

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

14 October 2022

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

30 September 2022

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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Podcasts (27)

Cost escalation in construction

17 August 2022

In this Sound Counsel podcast, Kylie Mutch, a senior associate in our Construction & Major Projects team, gives her expert insights into what lies ahead for the construction industry, when looking at cost escalation.

The impacts of supply chain disruption on construction contracts

26 July 2022

There is no denying that the last few years have brought immense change in the construction industry, and the challenges keep coming. In this Sound Counsel podcast, Kylie Mutch gives her expert insights after living and breathing these changes with her clients.

A time for directors to bring their best game

16 May 2022

Off the back of our 2022 Corporate Governance – trends & insights report, we sit down with Partner Roger Wallis to discuss developments in the board composition of the NZX Main Board Top 75.

The importance of term sheets

11 April 2022

Tech firms looking to be acquired by offshore purchasers will often be presented with term sheets offering an attractive headline purchase price, with negotiation then leading to signature and an exclusivity period before legal and financial advice is engaged. Hear Partner Joshua Pringle explain how to ensure the term sheet is right.

Charting the Top 75 – trends in the data

08 December 2020

Partner Roger Wallis discusses the trends in the data collected from the Top 75 listed companies, charting developments in board composition, size, diversity, length of service and reporting.

A time for boardrooms to hold their nerve

30 November 2020

Off the back of our 2020 Corporate Governance – trends & insights report, we sit down with Partner Roger Wallis to reflect on the key theme in this year's publication – a plea for boardrooms to hold their nerve.

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