Daniel Kalderimis

Daniel Kalderimis

Daniel Kalderimis

Partner, Wellington

Litigation & dispute resolution

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T:+64 4 498 2409

M:+64 27 599 5839



BA, LLB Hons (First Class) Victoria University of Wellington; LLM, Columbia Law School     


1999, New Zealand; 2005, New York; 2006, England and Wales; 2007 (Solicitor-Advocate – Civil Courts), England and Wales

Daniel is an experienced advisor and advocate for large commercial and public law disputes – whether in mediation, arbitration or litigation proceedings – and leads Chapman Tripp’s international law team. 

Daniel has represented clients in a range of major industries, including mining, oil and gas, telecommunications, private equity, primary industries and the finance sector. He has recently, with colleague Nicola Swan, written an advisory opinion on climate change and legal duties.

Daniel is recognised as a leading lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 and Chambers Global 2020​, which says “he acts on substantial cross-border litigation and is noted by a source as ‘extremely smart, a great communicator and a really compelling advocate’”, and has "earned the respect of his clients, who say: 'He's outstanding. I found him to be analytical, strategic, tactical and articulate'" (2018) and “is particularly adept in private international law and international arbitration” (2020). He is recognised as a leading individual for dispute resolution in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019, which describes him as "a greatly respected litigator” (2018), and “a sharp, skilled advocate” (2017) who is “excellent in landmark cases” (2016). Who’s Who Legal says “he has real genius and a razor-sharp understanding of legal issues, which he translates into effective advocacy” (2019) and describes him as “exceptional; very smart guy and a really excellent advocate” (2018).

Daniel has particular expertise in cross-border dispute resolution. He is the only New Zealand firm practitioner listed in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (which says “One market commentator states that Daniel Kalderimis is ‘one of the cleverest lawyers I have ever worked with’, while another adds that arbitration practitioners ‘don't come much better than Daniel’; and that "[t]he 'excellent' Daniel Kalderimis is a well-known name across the region" and has "played an important role in New Zealand in terms of developing the sector") and the Euromoney Guide to Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration. Chapman Tripp is the only New Zealand firm listed in Global Arbitration Review’s Top 100.

Daniel has acted in UNCITRAL, ICSID, LCIA, SCC and ICC arbitrations and has recent experience as an international arbitrator. He is New Zealand’s representative to the ICC Commission and national correspondent to the United Nations for the two international instruments on which the country’s arbitration law is based. He is a member of the SIAC Users’ Council (and the SIAC Users Council’s Regional Committee for Australia and New Zealand), the LCIA Asia Pacific Users’ Council and the Editorial Board of the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin. Daniel is co-author of a commentary on the ICSID Convention and Arbitration Rules and a contributing author to New Zealand’s foremost arbitration text, Williams & Kawharu on Arbitration.

Daniel is Convenor of the New Zealand Law Society Civil Litigation and Tribunals Committee, a faculty member of the NZLS Litigation Skills course and an adjunct lecturer at Victoria University Law School where he teaches civil procedure. Daniel graduated first in his year at Victoria University Law School, after which he was a Court of Appeal judge’s clerk, Fulbright scholar and an associate-in-law at Columbia Law School. Before returning to New Zealand, he was a senior associate in the international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in London. He is a Fellow of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand and is admitted in New Zealand, New York and England & Wales.

Recent experience

Daniel has represented:

  • New Zealand Steel in a successful judicial review of a Minister's decision not to impose countervailing duties on steel imports from China
  • L&M Coal Holdings, a mining company, in successfully suing Bathurst Mining for US$40m in a contractual dispute
  • Fonterra in several high-profile disputes, including a Singapore UNCITRAL arbitration (as well as in ancillary court proceedings in New Zealand), a domestic arbitration in New Zealand and High Court litigation including variously breach of confidence, defamation and commercial contract issues
  • ANZ, BNZ, Westpac, CBA, BTMU and Deutsche Bank in defending a deed of company arrangement entered into by state-owned enterprise Solid Energy following a large-scale debt restructuring
  • PwC, as receiver of the Strategic Finance group of companies, including with respect to claims against former company directors and auditors
  • the Government of Kazakhstan in obtaining, from the New Zealand courts, an order of subpoena compelling an internet company to provide data for use in United States court proceedings
  • a Singapore company in obtaining, from the New Zealand courts, an order of subpoena in favour of a London LCIA tribunal, creating new judicial precedent
  • Transparency International New Zealand, in defending High Court judicial review proceedings
  • a Singapore company in a London ICC arbitration against a Texan company relating to a New Zealand petroleum exploration permit
  • a Malaysian-based investor in successfully obtaining a NZ$3m judgment against a former joint venture partner, involving breach of fiduciary duty and dishonest assistance claims
  • a United Kingdom investor against the Republic of Indonesia, in the first bilateral investment treaty arbitration hearing held in New Zealand
  • the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand, as an intervener in a Supreme Court appeal on the use of without prejudice privilege in mediations
  • a subsidiary of Leighton Contractors in arbitration proceedings against state-owned enterprise Solid Energy
  • Rio Tinto Alcan Power (NZ) in arbitration proceedings against New Zealand state-owned enterprise Meridian Energy, and
  • a Russian investor in a US$2.5b multi-jurisdictional telecommunications dispute, including Stockholm arbitration proceedings (identified as a “Top 50" dispute by The American Lawyer magazine for 2007).

Daniel also provides policy and regulatory advice, particularly concerning international law, trade law and foreign investment issues.

International arbitration; International trade & investment; Litigation & dispute resolution; Restructuring & insolvency





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