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Challenging conditions in banking sector create growth opportunities for ‘shadow’ banks

The mesh of challenges confronting the major banks in New Zealand – including the impending final report from the Commerce Commission’s market study and the upcoming select committee inquiry into banking competition – will continue to create growth opportunities through 2024 for the shadow banking sector. That is the finding of Chapman Tripp’s latest report, The banking industry: A look ahead.

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Chapman Tripp advises Infratil on $1.15 billion equity raising

Chapman Tripp is pleased to have advised Infratil on its $1.15 billion equity raising to help fund growth across its global portfolio.

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Chapman Tripp advises on the construction of new parliament buildings

Chapman Tripp is pleased to have advised Parliamentary Service on the contracts for construction of two new parliamentary buildings. The project will see the construction of two new buildings behind the Beehive, expecting to be completed in 2026.

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Chapman Tripp launches external document and trial support service, Digital Litigation Solutions

Following regular requests for document and trial support from external firms, we have launched Digital Litigation Solutions, a team of litigation technology specialists that work for barristers and legal firms, as well as Chapman Tripp clients. Digital Litigation Solutions specialises in managing electronic and hard copy information of any volume or format, utilising leading eDiscovery, AI software and data room solutions to meet clients’ requirements. The team alone has access to client data, ensuring confidential and secure data storage and working areas.

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Chapman Tripp promotes ten to Senior Associate

Chapman Tripp has announced the promotion of Michael Cardy, Julia Carrington, Laura Green, Tanzam Hossain, Sarah Kettani, Hossein Mehrabi, Rachel Robilliard, Sam Steven, Conor Tinker and Lucia Tolich to Senior Associate, with effect 1 June 2024.

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Chapman Tripp only New Zealand Law Firm ranked in Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 100

Chapman Tripp is the only New Zealand Law Firm to be ranked in the guide, recognising the firm’s dedicated international arbitration practice, led by partner Nicola Swan. The firm has long been acknowledged internationally as having one of New Zealand’s most distinguished litigation and dispute resolution practices.

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Protecting New Zealand’s competitive advantage: new report reveals scale and pace of changes facing our exporters in global ESG reporting and sustainability trade measures

A new report has revealed the pressure on New Zealand exporters to keep up with international expectations on sustainability, with more than 80% of New Zealand’s exports by value now going to countries with mandatory climate-related disclosures either in force or proposed.

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Chapman Tripp advises Resolution Life on acquisition of Asteron Life for NZ$410m

Leading global life insurance group, Resolution Life, has entered into an agreement, through its trans-Tasman holding company, with Suncorp Group to acquire its New Zealand life insurance company, Asteron Life New Zealand.

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Chapman Tripp named Firm of the Year at IFLR Asia Pacific Awards

Chapman Tripp has won two awards at the IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards, which celebrate the achievements of the financial law community.

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Legal opinion finds regulatory settings discouraging some investment options for KiwiSavers

KiwiSaver investors should have the option to benefit from an asset class that can deliver long-term value.

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Three Senior Associates recognised by NZ Lawyer as Rising Stars

We are delighted that Kishan Gunatunga, Rachael Jones and Rosa McPhee have been recognised as Rising Stars by NZ Lawyer.

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Philip Ascroft appointed to NZ Shareholders’ Association board

Chapman Tripp Senior Associate, Philip Ascroft has been appointed as an Associate Director to the board of the NZ Shareholders’ Association (NZSA).

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Chapman Tripp named KangaNews NZ Law Firm of the Year for eighth consecutive year

We are thrilled to have been recognised as the New Zealand Law Firm of the Year at the 2023 KangaNews Awards; our eighth consecutive win. Our finance team were also advisers for two of the other award winners.

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Celebrating twelve new Senior Solicitors

Chapman Tripp is delighted to announce the appointment of 12 new Senior Solicitors, effective 1 December, 2023.

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Chapman Tripp advises on multiple winning deals at 2023 New Zealand Law Awards

Chapman Tripp is proud to have advised on four of the winning deals at this years’ New Zealand Law Awards: M&A Deal of the Year, Equity Market Deal of the Year, Mid-Market Deal of the Year and Project Finance Deal of the Year. Demonstrating the breadth of Chapman Tripp’s transactional practices, the firm also advised on ten deals that were recognised with excellence awards.

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Chapman Tripp advises Eastland Group on sale of 50% stake in Eastland Generation

Eastland Group has sold a 50% stake in its electricity generation business to Japanese construction conglomerate Obayashi Corporation. Chapman Tripp advised long time client Eastland Group on all aspects of the sale including structuring, vendor due diligence, regulatory matters, and negotiation of transaction documentation with multiple bidders

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Two Chapman Tripp Partners on NZ Lawyer’s 2023 Elite Women List

We are delighted that Chapman Tripp Partners Rachel Dunne and Nicola Swan have been included on NZ Lawyer’s 2023 Elite Women List. The list includes 50 exceptional female leaders that have influenced the New Zealand legal profession in a way that demonstrates a passion for the law.

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Construction & Major Projects specialist promoted to Partner

We are pleased to welcome a new Partner with the promotion of Kylie Mutch − a construction and major projects specialist. Since joining Chapman Tripp in 2010, Kylie has advised numerous leading New Zealand businesses, bringing a wealth of experience to large-scale construction projects across a wide variety of sectors, including infrastructure, energy, transport, health, airports and commercial. She advises on all aspects of project procurements and has particular experience with the alliance contracting model.

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Congratulations to our new Special Counsel

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Jeremy Gray to Special Counsel. Jeremy is a lawyer in our Corporate & Commercial practice, with particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital. He advises clients on a range of matters including sale and purchase agreements, limited partnership agreements, joint venture agreements and other commercial contracts.

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Chapman Tripp advises Pepper Money on prime residential mortgage portfolio acquisition

Chapman Tripp is delighted to have advised Pepper Money Limited on its a binding agreement to acquire the New Zealand prime residential mortgage portfolio of HSBC. This is a significant deal in the New Zealand market for a non-bank lender.

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Two new attorneys for Chapman Tripp Patents

We are delighted to announce that two new patent experts have joined our rapidly growing practice, Chapman Tripp Patents. We welcome Senior Associate, Toby Larsson Hogman and Patent Attorney, Hossein Mehrabi.

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solarZero and New Zealand Green Investment Finance pave the way for new solar financing

solarZero has again partnered with New Zealand Green Investment Finance to become the cornerstone participant in a new NZGIF Solar Finance programme.

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Debt capital markets heating up

Last week was one of the busiest on record for New Zealand issuers in the debt markets, with six offers pricing over the course of the week. After a slow start this year, the record-breaking issuance levels are a positive indicator of the markets’ health.

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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.

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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.

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