New Zealand: Chapman Tripp Partner 'Dealmaker of the Year'
Last Updated: 23 May 2011

Chapman Tripp Partner Barry Brown was named as the New Zealand Dealmaker of the Year at last night's 2011 Australasian Legal Business (ALB) Awards, held in Sydney. Chapman Tripp was also acknowledged for its role on the Debt Market Deal of the Year, the Bank of New Zealand covered bond programme.

The ALB Award wins follow Chapman Tripp winning the inaugural New Zealand Law Firm of the Year Award at the Chambers Asia Pacific Awards in Hong Kong on 21 April.

Chapman Tripp Managing Partner Andrew Poole says: "Chapman Tripp had a very successful year in 2010, helping our clients to breathe life back into the market. These wins reflect the work the firm has been involved in: 70% of NZSX listings in the past year; significant M&A work such as the $2.2b Heartland merger and the major Shell transactions; and all of the covered bond programmes being offered by our major trading banks."

Barry Brown is one of New Zealand's most respected M&A and securities law practitioners, practising for over 30 years. The ALB Awards noted his work highlights for the previous year included advising: Shell on New Zealand's biggest M&A deal of the year, the acquisition of Shell New Zealand's refining and downstream business by a consortium of the Guardians and Infratil; Shell on its NZ$472m divestment of its cornerstone stake in Fulton Hogan, a leading infrastructure contractor; and the NZ$2.2b merger of MARAC Finance, Canterbury Building Society and Southern Cross Building Society.

Barry says: "Chapman Tripp is grateful for the opportunity to work on such commercially important and legally complex transactions. The parties for which we acted were not previously clients of the firm and it is pleasing that we were chosen to act on these transactions. It is also a tribute to the depth, commitment and technical expertise of our team - winning work is only the start - it takes a team effort to deliver the right outcome. To receive a professional award is the icing on the cake."

The Chambers Asia Pacific Awards stated that "Chapman Tripp's impressive work across a diverse range of practice areas makes it one of the dominant players in the New Zealand market." The Award noted that Chapman Tripp is "often the first port of call for industry leaders" and is recognised as a leader in dispute resolution. It also highlighted the firm's "enviable client list".

The Chambers Asia Pacific Awards honour the work of national and international law firms across the Asia Pacific region, on the basis of research for the current edition of Chambers Asia Pacific.

The ALB Awards recognise a law firm's pre-eminence in key countries in the region. They also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

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