Chapman Tripp tops league tables

​Chapman Tripp acted on the most M&A deals out of all New Zealand law firms in 2017, according to latest league tables.

The firm was ranked 11th in Australasia by both Bloomberg and Mergermarket for overall M&A deal count, with 28 deals recognised by both publishers.

“2017 was a softer year for M&A, but Chapman Tripp still led the key deals, including WSP Global’s acquisition of Opus International Consultants,” head of Chapman Tripp’s Corporate group, Tim Tubman, said.

“Other significant deals we advised on included Beach Energy's acquisition of the Origin Energy subsidiary Lattice Energy for AU$1.585b and Icebreaker's sale to US-based VF Corporation, which owns The North Face, Timberland and Vans.

“There are a number of deals already in the pipeline for 2018, and we are forecasting a stronger year in M&A activity.”

The firm’s ranking comes off the back of Chapman Tripp also outperforming all New Zealand law firms by practice area in the latest Chambers and Legal 500 directories.

The firm received 11 Band 1 rankings from 16 categories in the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 directory, three Band 1 rankings in Chambers Global (both the highest of all New Zealand law firms) and 12 Tier 1 rankings from 14 categories in the Legal 500 2018.

In Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018, the firm had the highest number of individuals ranked across all practice areas, with 48 individual rankings. This was an increase from 43 in the 2017 rankings. Partners John Strowger and Bruce McClintock were ranked as “Star Individuals” – the most of any New Zealand firm.

In Chambers Global, Chapman Tripp also had the highest number across all the New Zealand practice areas, with 14 individual rankings. Partner John Strowger is ranked as the only “Star Individual” across all New Zealand firms.

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