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Chapman Tripp tops New Zealand rankings in latest international research

15 October 2009

Chapman Tripp is placed in the top tier of recommended New Zealand firms in each practice area featured in the 2010 IFLR1000 Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms.

The practice areas are: Banking and Project Finance, Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Restructuring and Insolvency.  Chapman Tripp also has the most leading lawyers in two of those practice areas: banking and project finance and capital markets. 

Practice area

Leading lawyers

IFLR1000 says

Banking and project finance

Michael Anderson

Mark Reese

Dermot Ross

Matthew Yarnell

Chapman Tripp is frequently commended by both clients and competitors for top-notch banking and project finance advice. One client calls Chapman Tripp "A top tier firm with a leading, if not the best, banking and finance team in New Zealand."

Another notes "Chapman Tripp has good depth in the banking area and provides a broad range of expertise in this field. The people we have dealt with have been proactive in assisting with solutions. They also organize the work required to meet timeframes."

Capital markets

Barry Brown

Mark Reese

John Sproat

Matthew Yarnell

“Chapman Tripp gave a strong performance in capital markets this year: the team won clients' praise and competitors' respect, acting on a number of complex deals.”

Mergers & acquisitions

Barry Brown

Stephen Lowe

John Strowger

Chapman Tripp is mostly seen acting on domestic private equity transactions and outbound work for local funds, particularly those targeting Australia. A client calls the firm "commercial and pragmatic and easy to deal with," recommending "John Strowger for M&A work."

Another client seeks out the firm for M&A work because of the team's "multiple capable partners, effective non-partner back-up, and client-focused, commercial perspective that completes and gets deals done". The client adds: "I know of no partners we would not comfortably use. All are very client-focused and efficient at delivery."

Restructuring & insolvency

Michael Arthur

Michael Harper

Chapman Tripp maintains a strong track record for satisfied clients. "Past experience in using this firm for restructuring and insolvency transactions has delivered a superior result. They are practical and commercial and able to see the big picture, suggest useful compromises where needed and are not afraid of unconventional approaches backed up by appropriate legal advice," says one client.

 For full IFLR1000 New Zealand results visit: www.iflr1000.com/Jurisdiction/88/New-Zealand.html