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15 new appointments at Chapman Tripp

02 June 2015

​Chapman Tripp is pleased to announce the promotion of 12 senior associates across its Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offices, and to welcome a new senior associate in the Auckland office. The firm has also recently welcomed two new senior legal advisors* to its tax and competition & regulatory teams.

Chapman Tripp managing partner Andrew Poole said: "These promotions and appointments recognise the talent and dedication to client service that these lawyers offer."

Chapman Tripp’s new senior associates are:


Colin Fife, Competition & regulatory

Colin specialises in competition law and regulatory matters.  He also advises on commercial disputes. Colin has experience in all aspects of New Zealand trade practices law, with a particular focus on merger clearances, consumer protection, and regulatory litigation and enforcement. 

Lauren Curtayne, Corporate

Lauren specialises in major projects and commercial law. She has experience across a broad range of sectors, with an emphasis on energy, infrastructure and technology.

Greer Fredricson, Corporate

Greer specialises in corporate and commercial law, with a particular focus on structuring, regulatory and general commercial advice for private equity clients and iwi entities, including Overseas Investment Act compliance.

Jeremy Gray, Corporate

Jeremy specialises in corporate and commercial law, focussing on equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and private equity and venture capital.

Prue Tyler, Financial services

Prue advises on a wide range of legal and compliance matters affecting financial service providers and their investment products, particularly KiwiSaver and unit trusts.

Laura Fraser, Litigation

Laura specialises in the conduct of complex commercial litigation.  She advises clients on a broad range of disputes, including corporate and regulatory matters, professional negligence claims and general contract and tort issues.

Chris Green, Property

Chris specialises in property and construction law. He advises on commercial leasing matters, the acquisition and disposal of real estate and drafting and negotiating construction contracts for commercial and infrastructure developments.

Jill Gregory, Resource management

Jill specialises in environmental, resource management and public law. She assists clients with resource consent applications, designations and plan change processes.

Simon Akozu, Tax

Simon advises clients on a wide range of tax matters, with a particular focus on financing and property transactions. 

Jai Nario, Tax

Jai advises clients on a wide range of tax matters including mergers and acquisitions (structuring, due diligence and SPA negotiations), cross-border investments and tax disputes and refinancing.


Lucy Hare, Competition & regulatory

Lucy specialises in competition law.  She advises domestic and international clients on merger clearance and antitrust issues including cartel enforcement matters.

Shalindri Silva, Finance

Shalindri specialises in corporate finance law and advises clients in relation to debt programmes, bank financing and other issues.  She also advises clients on commercial law and various regulatory matters.


Nick Letham, Corporate

Nick specialises in corporate and commercial law, with particular interest in securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate compliance. He has particular specialisation in the rural sector and retirement village industry.

Chapman Tripp’s new senior legal advisors are:


Helen Johnson, Tax

Helen advises clients on a wide range of tax matters including effective structuring for corporate acquisitions, restructurings, cross-border investments and financings, contractual negotiations and tax disputes.


Simon Peart, Competition & regulatory

Simon specialises in competition and regulatory law.  He advises clients in relation to merger control, investigations and enforcement matters, and a wide range of regulatory issues.
* Simon Peart and Helen Johnson will become senior associates once they have satisfied New Zealand Law Society requirements.

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