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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.
Funding in a difficult market – NZX/ASX Top 50 analysis
Our latest NZX/ASX Top 50 Funding Composition Trends & Insights reports that listed companies will face distinct funding challenges this year in a “Chicken Licken” market infused with a sense of impending catastrophe.
Two Senior Associates recognised by NZ Lawyer as Rising Stars
We are delighted that Janko Marcetic and Tom Jemson have been recognised as Rising Stars by NZ Lawyer.
Chapman Tripp advises on duo of international social bond offers, including world first orange bond
Chapman Tripp has assisted on two leading-edge international social bond offers closing within a week of each other, from Impact Investment Exchange and International Finance Corporation.
Chapman Tripp assists Fonterra with Nestlé partnership to develop net zero carbon dairy farm
Chapman Tripp is pleased to have advised Fonterra on its new partnership arrangements with Nestlé, designed to help reduce New Zealand’s on-farm emissions and help both companies accelerate progress towards their greenhouse gas emission goals.
Chapman Tripp creates Director role to support growing Climate, Sustainability and ESG practice
Chapman Tripp is delighted to announce that Kate Wilson Butler has been appointed as Director of our Climate, Sustainability and ESG practice.
Congratulations to our new Senior Solicitors
We are delighted to have appointed nine new Senior Solicitors. Justin Kim, Andrea Curcio Lamas, Harry Pye, Emma Littlewood, Alexandra Bensemann, Stephanie Knowler, Ash Hebden, Ffion Davies, and Jun Kim have been promoted, recognising their expertise and contribution to the firm.
Chapman Tripp awarded New Zealand Law Firm of the Year for the seventh year running
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Partner on important NZX governing body
Chapman Tripp partner Rachel Dunne has been appointed a foundation member of the NZX Corporate Governance Institute, which NZX expects will become a centre of excellence for corporate governance in New Zealand’s listed companies.
Chorus taps the European bond markets for successful refinance
We were pleased to help Chorus complete its first issue of European medium term notes (EMTN) since 2019 and its first ‘any and all’ tender offer - to repurchase existing EMTNs due to mature in 2023.
NZ Debt Capital Markets Guidelines
The New Zealand Debt Capital Markets Guidelines, released yesterday by the New Zealand Financial Markets Association (NZFMA), are a welcome development which will support the continued growth of New Zealand’s wholesale bond market.
Sharing jubilance with long-term client Partners Life
This month global life insurance specialist Dai-ichi Life Holdings Inc announced the purchase of 100% of the shares in Partners Group Holdings Limited, the parent company of Partners Life Limited.
Sale of Kiwi Wealth business to Fisher Funds
We are pleased to have advised Kiwi Group Holdings Limited (KGHL) on the sale of Kiwi Wealth to Fisher Funds for NZ$310 million.
Expanding our patent-attorney service offer
We are celebrating another milestone in the growth of our specialist patent-attorney firm, Chapman Tripp Patents (CT Patents), with the appointment of a new senior patent attorney.
Assisting Oceania on sustainability-linked loan
We are pleased to have assisted retirement village operator Oceania Healthcare Limited with a $500m sustainability-linked loan, and with developing a sustainable finance framework.
Milestone achieved on diversity and inclusion programme with Rainbow Tick
Having received a preliminary pass in December last year, we have met the criteria to be certified with the Rainbow Tick, signifying our ongoing dedication to ensuring our people can be their authentic selves in the workplace.
Celebrating eight new senior associates
Julia Adams, Liora Bercovitch, William Cheyne, Richard Hutchison, Tom Jemson, Rachael Jones, Guy Jones, and Rosa McPhee have been promoted, recognising their expertise and contribution to the firm.
New Zealand’s longest serving law firm partner retires
Arthur Young, a law veteran and Chapman Tripp senior partner, enters his retirement after 65 years of service to New Zealand’s legal profession.