Our latest news
Chapman Tripp Senior Associate, Philip Ascroft has been appointed as an Associate Director to the board of the NZ Shareholders’ Association (NZSA).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
solarZero has again partnered with New Zealand Green Investment Finance to become the cornerstone participant in a new NZGIF Solar Finance programme.
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.
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.
Chapman Tripp has been announced as a New Zealand Firm of the Year finalist in the 2023 Women in Business Law Awards, and four of its Partners have also been shortlisted, highlighting their accomplishments and contributions to the legal profession.
Te Waka Ture, Chapman Tripp’s Māori Business Team, finds much to celebrate and reflect on in its Trends & Insights publication Te Ao Māori, released today to mark Matariki.
We are delighted to have advised Vector on the sale of 50% of its New Zealand and Australian metering business, Vector Metering, to QIC Private Capital for an EV of NZ$2.5b and gross proceeds to Vector of NZ$1.7b.
Chapman Tripp has advised Infratil on its $935m equity capital markets raising to part fund the acquisition of Brookfield Asset Management’s 49.9% stake in One New Zealand (One NZ) for $1.8 billion. For more information, read our press release.
Class actions are on a growth trajectory in New Zealand, fuelled by a mix of factors including increased interest from offshore funders, growing share market activism, increasing data security risk, and a stronger consumer focus in commercial regulation. Our latest publication Class Actions in New Zealand takes stock of the class action landscape in New Zealand.
Chapman Tripp advised Connexa on $1.076 billion deal to acquire 2degrees’ passive cell tower assets. Connexa agreed to acquire 1,124 passive mobile telecommunication towers from 2degrees in December 2022 and the transaction is now complete. In connection with the transaction, 2degrees entered into a 20-year services agreement with Connexa, under which Connexa will provide access to space on the towers. 2degrees has also committed to an additional 450 tower tenancies with Connexa.
Chapman Tripp is delighted to have advised New Zealand Steel and BlueScope on the Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry partnership funding agreement between NZ Steel and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), to build an electric arc furnace at NZ Steel’s Glenbrook steel works, south of Auckland, for a total cost of around NZ$300 million.
Chapman Tripp is delighted to have scooped up the New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year award at last night’s Australasian Law Awards.
Even before the shocks created by the recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse, the New Zealand banking system was undergoing a transformation which will make the next 10 years dramatically different to the last 80, says Chapman Tripp in The banking industry: a look ahead.
The business of nature: new legal opinion outlines emerging expectations on directors to manage nature-related risk
A new legal opinion by Chapman Tripp for The Aotearoa Circle advises that prudent directors and businesses should be starting on the path to identify, assess and manage nature-related risks, particularly if they depend on the environment for their business model.