Graeme specialises in taxation law.
Graeme leads our tax practice and advises on a wide range of New Zealand
tax matters including business structures, reorganisations, merger and
acquisition transactions and tax disputes.
He has advised on cross-border structuring issues as well as debt and
equity issuances (including Kauri bond programmes).
Graeme regularly presents at taxation seminars on both income tax and
goods and services topics, and is a member of Chapman Tripp's board, our Oil and Gas and Natural
Resources team, and our Māori Legal Group, Te Waka Ture.
He is a member of the Tax Law Committee and he has advised the New
Zealand Law Society on matters relating to taxation law reform. He has
established an open line of communication and consultation with the Inland
Graeme is recognised as a leading individual by Legal
500 Asia Pacific 2018, and is recognised as a leading lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2018.
Graeme has advised:
- CBA, ANZ, BNZ and Westpac on tax-related aspects of the restructuring and recapitalisation of Solid Energy
- Heartland NZ on a series of transactions to amalgamate with its subsidiaries
- Treasury on all tax aspects of the Initial Public Offering (IPO) and NZX and ASX listing of Genesis Energy
- technology services company EROAD on tax aspects of its $46m IPO and NZX Main Board listing
- SLI Systems on the tax aspects of its $27m IPO and NZX Main Board listing
- Transpacific Industries Group on the tax aspects of its sale of its New Zealand business to a wholly owned subsidiary of the Beijing Capital Group
- KordaMentha on the tax aspects of the MediaWorks receivership, including the $285m sale of MediaWorks and associated transfer of assets to new holding company MediaWorks Holdings
- Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei on the tax aspects of its significant and complex Treaty of Waitangi settlement, as well as post-Waitangi settlement matters
- a number of multinational clients in respect of various negotiations and disputes with the Inland Revenue, including disputes relating to transfer pricing and cross-border financing
- property investors in relation to GST offsets and disputes
- banks, receivers and vendors on their tax obligations in respect of distressed assets, and
- charitable entities on their obligations with the Charities Commission and their income tax exemptions.