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Chapman Tripp the only NZ firm to foot it with Australian firms

10 January 2012

​Chapman Tripp was one of the top 20 legal advisers for mergers and acquisitions in Australasia in 2011, according to recently released research into global M&A activity.

Chapman Tripp was the only New Zealand firm to feature in the table of Australian and New Zealand law firms, released by global financial information publisher Thomson Reuters in January.

Chapman Tripp was ranked 11th for the number of completed deals and 19th by value of completed deals on which the firm advised.

Significant deals Chapman Tripp advised on in 2011 include:

  • the merger of MARAC Finance Limited, Canterbury Building Society and Southern Cross Building Society to form a NZ$2.2b listed financial services group intended to become New Zealand’s only listed registered bank.
  • AMP on its acquisition of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings. This merger brought together two of Australia’s longest standing businesses. 
  • Quadrant Private Equity on its IPO and $300 million NZX listing of Summerset Group Holdings Limited. At the time this was the largest IPO in New Zealand in four years.
  • Bayer AG on its acquisition of the largest privately owned animal health company in New Zealand, Bomac Group. 
  • Wolseley Private Equity and management shareholders on the sale of Wolseley’s 60% stake in Freshmax NZ, an Australasian fruit and produce company, to Maui Capital. Freshmax NZ's is one of the largest trans-Tasman fruit and produce businesses.
  • Worked with Clayton Utz to advise Independent Liquor on the NZ$1.53b sale of Independent Liquor to Asahi Group Holdings.

Chapman Tripp is home to New Zealand’s largest Corporate & Commercial group. Our team spans three offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Asia Pacific Legal 500, AsiaLaw Profiles and Chambers Global all rank Chapman Tripp as Tier One in corporate law, with Chambers Global stating, “this sizeable firm’s corporate and commercial practice offers sterling expertise and is widely acknowledged as a leading player in the market.”

For further information, please contact Melanie Pook (details to the right).

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