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Returning legal talent offers international edge

28 June 2010

We hear a lot about the exodus of bright New Zealand graduates to the “Big Elsewhere” but less about how many of them come back – or about the value their international experience creates for the New Zealand economy.

Chapman Tripp is pleased to introduce three young lawyers who have returned home: Kelly McFadzien, James Twigg and Tim Walker.  They have brought back with them the experience of working in large overseas firms, an international perspective and international contacts – qualities which are increasingly sought by corporate clients. 

Kelly has returned to Chapman Tripp after working for Baker & McKenzie in Hong Kong and specialises in corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on transactions and projects involving technology, infrastructure and outsourcing, IP and services.

James specialises in corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions. He returns to Chapman Tripp following four and a half years in London, where he worked in the corporate departments of prestigious international firms Slaughter and May and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.  While in London, James advised on a range of significant transactions for multinational clients including Hilton, BOC Group, Citigroup, Alcoa, Goldman Sachs, Apple, Renaissance Capital and Three Delta.

Tim worked for Norton Rose in London where he specialised in infrastructure and energy project work.  While in the UK, he advised consortia on infrastructure projects and also advised banks, sponsors and developers in relation to project financings and on the construction, operation and maintenance and commercial arrangements for energy projects in the UK and Europe.