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Eleven new senior appointments at Chapman Tripp

31 May 2010

Chapman Tripp is pleased to announce the appointment of seven new Principals and four new Senior Solicitors, effective from 1 May.

Managing Partner, Andrew Poole, said the appointments demonstrated the firm’s commitment to developing the country's finest legal talent.

These promotions cover Chapman Tripp’s corporate and commercial; litigation and dispute resolution; environment, planning and resource management; and property, real estate and construction practices – and all help strengthen the firm.

Principals

Geoff Bevan – Principal, Auckland

Geoff practises in our employment team, having specialised in this area for nine years.  He regularly represents clients before the mediation service, the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court, and has also appeared in the Court of Appeal.  Clients value Geoff’s commercial approach, and he has developed particular expertise in the quick and effective resolution of employer/employee related disputes. 

Mark Burton – Principal, Auckland

Mark specialises in corporate and commercial law, and advises major investment funds and major national and international commercial clients. He has particular expertise in structuring investment vehicles, especially using limited partnerships. Mark is a member of Chapman Tripp’s Maori Services Group, Te Waka Ture, and acts for iwi organisations and enterprises in relation to a wide range of governance and commercial matters. He also acts for several pro bono clients in the education sector.

Jon Healey – Principal, Auckland

Jon is a member of our corporate and commercial team, and advises clients on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, group reorganisations, equity investments and commercial contracts.  Jon trained, qualified and practised in the UK with Leeds-based firm Walker Morris before moving to New Zealand in 2005.  Jon has advised several leading NZ private equity funds on various investments and divestments and provides M&A and commercial advice to various national corporates in the energy and industrial manufacturing sectors.

Michael Moyes – Principal, Auckland

Michael specialises in corporate and commercial law, with particular expertise in energy, intellectual property, information technology and privacy.  He advises New Zealand’s leading technology businesses on intellectual property protection, licensing and other forms of commercialising intellectual property, software and systems implementation and support, and e-commerce.  He also advises businesses on a wide range of other commercial matters, including food regulation and product labelling. Michael is a Trustee of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and remains involved in other community work through our Pro Bono programme.

Nicky McIndoe – Principal, Wellington

Nicky specialises in environment, planning and resource management law.  She has over nine years’ legal experience, and regularly appears at district and regional council hearings, and before the Environment Court. Her work includes: advising clients on the development and consenting of major infrastructure projects; advising commercial clients on specific legal issues; and conducting environmental due diligence.

Chad Morgan – Principal, Wellington

Chad practises in the corporate/commercial and finance areas. He advises clients on a range of issues including companies and securities law, M&A, and finance transactions. He has worked with a wide range of organisations in New Zealand and overseas, including energy companies, telcos, financial institutions, state-owned enterprises, and other central and local government entities.

Tim Smith - Principal, Wellington

Tim specialises in commercial litigation and has over six years’ legal experience. He advises clients on a range of issues including administrative law, competition law and general commercial litigation.  Tim has appearances in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as in major commercial arbitrations.

Senior Solicitors

Andrew Fischer – Senior Solicitor, Auckland

Andrew specialises in corporate and commercial law. He advises on a range of issues including M&A, commercial agreements and general corporate and securities law.  He has particular expertise in the establishment of property funds, employee incentive arrangements and large-scale procurement and supply arrangements.

Renee Holmes – Senior Solicitor, Auckland

Renee is a member of our corporate and commercial team. She has particular experience in M&A and securities law and has advised public and private businesses across a range of different industries including on mergers, acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures, business reorganisations and capital raisings.

Rachel Dunne – Senior Solicitor, Auckland

Rachel is a member of our corporate and commercial team. She advises a broad range of clients on corporate and securities law issues including mergers, acquisitions, divestments, equity capital markets, joint ventures and commercial contracts.  Rachel returned to Chapman Tripp earlier this year after travelling in Europe.

Greg Wise – Senior Solicitor, Wellington

Greg spent a number of years as in-house legal counsel at Telecom New Zealand before moving to Chapman Tripp’s commercial property and construction team in 2008, specialising in commercial property law.  Greg has vast experience with infrastructure and property projects and his clients include Bank of New Zealand, Wesfarmers Industrial & Safety, Telecom New Zealand and the NZ Transport Agency.