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Graeme OldingGraeme Olding

Graeme Olding

Graeme Olding


M:+64 27 591 6103

T:+64 9 357 9259


F:+64 9 357 9099



LLB, University of Auckland BCom, University of Auckland


2000, New Zealand


Graeme specialises in taxation law.

Graeme leads Chapman Tripp's tax practice and advises on a wide range of New Zealand tax matters including business structures, reorganisations, merger and acquisition transactions and tax disputes.

Graeme has advised on cross-border structuring issues as well as debt and equity issuances (including Kauri bond programmes).

He regularly presents at taxation seminars on both income tax and goods and services topics, and is a member of our Oil and Gas and Natural Resources team, and our Māori Legal Group, Te Waka Ture.

Graeme is a member of the Tax Law Committee and he has advised the New Zealand Law Society on matters relating to taxation law reform and has established an open line of communication and consultation with the Inland Revenue (IRD).

He is recognised by leading independent legal directories Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2016.

Recent experience

Graeme’s experience includes advising:
  • CBA, ANZ, BNZ and Westpac on tax-related aspects of the restructuring and recapitalisation of Solid Energy

  • Treasury on all tax aspects of the Initial Public Offering (IPO) and NZX and ASX listing of Genesis Energy

  • technology services company EROAD on tax aspects of its NZ$46m IPO and NZX Main Board listing

  • SLI Systems on the tax aspects of its $27m IPO and NZX Main Board listing

  • Transpacific Industries Group on the tax aspects of its sale of its New Zealand business to a wholly owned subsidiary of the Beijing Capital Group

  • Kordamentha on the tax aspects of the MediaWorks receivership, including the $285m sale of MediaWorks and associated transfer of assets to new holding company MediaWorks Holdings

  • Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei on the tax aspects of its significant and complex Treaty of Waitangi settlement, as well as post-Waitangi settlement matters

  • a number of multinational clients in respect of various negotiations and disputes with the Inland Revenue, including disputes relating to transfer pricing and cross-border financing

  • property investors in relation to GST offsets and disputes

  • banks, receivers and vendors on their tax obligations in respect of distressed asset, and

  • charitable entities on their obligations with the Charities Commission and their income tax exemptions.