Chapman Tripp Tier One across the board in latest international research

​Chapman Tripp is the only New Zealand law firm to be ranked Tier One across all practice areas listed in the 2012 edition of IFLR1000 Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms.

The firm was recognised as leading in: Banking and Project Finance, Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions and Restructuring and Insolvency.    

The Guide ranks lawyers based on the recommendations of in-house counsel at the world's most prominent financial institutions and companies, along with the views of their legal peers.
​Practice areaLeading lawyers​ IFLR1000 2011 says:​

Banking and project finance

Tier 1 ranking​

Cathryn Barber
Peter Bennett 
Dermot Ross
John Sproat

“One rival says that Chapman Tripp "deserves their top tier status”, while a client adds: “We have used them for 20 years for their excellent banking work, technical skill and very current market knowledge.”​

Capital markets

Tier 1 ranking​

John Sproat
John Strowger
Ross Pennington​

“Clients are certainly impressed with the team's offering: "Chapman Tripp has better depth than other firms we use and have very good technical knowledge,” says one. “They are technically very strong, detailed and relevant to the client's needs, and have a broad knowledge across all relevant issue parameters.”

Mergers and acquisitions

Tier 1 ranking​

Barry Brown
John Strowger​

“Chapman Tripp's large mergers and acquisition team continues to lead the way in New Zealand. “I think they are the best breed in New Zealand,” says a client. “I like the way they provide thoughtful bespoke solutions, not a one answer fits all.” The client continues: “it is a distinctive feature of Chapman Tripp that they present complex ideas in simple ways.”​

Restructuring and insolvency

Tier 1 ranking​

Michael Anderson
Michael Arthur
Michael Harper
Roger Wallis​

“Chapman Tripp continues to be a leader in the restructuring and insolvency market in New Zealand.

“The team's strength in depth is un-paralleled”, says another rival. Peers recommend Michael Arthur as “one of the leaders in New Zealand restructuring... he is a top shelf lawyer”.”​

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Chapman Tripp was also named as a “Band One” leading firm across five practice areas in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 guide, released this month.

The firm was recognised as leading in: Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate and Restructuring and Insolvency.  Partners recognised as leading individuals were Mark Reese, Dermot Ross (finance), John Strowger (M&A), Jack Hodder, Adam Ross (dispute resolution), Matt Sumpter (IP), Michael Arthur, Michael Harper (restructuring and insolvency) and Casey Plunket (tax).

Clients are quoted saying that Chapman Tripp is a “top firm” with “excellent” service levels; and that the team’s “business acumen is reflected in the appropriateness of the advice”.

Chapman Tripp’s dispute resolution team is recognised for its depth and breadth, with experts in all aspects of dispute resolution, including litigation and international arbitration. The firm’s intellectual property team is noted as being one of the “best-established IP teams among New Zealand’s full-service law firms”.

The Asia Pacific Legal 500 guide is based on extensive independent research among lawyers and clients.

For full Asia Pacific Legal 5000 results visit:

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