Nick Wells

Nick Wells

Nick Wells

Chief Executive Partner (Hoa Rangapū Whakarae), Auckland

Corporate & commercial

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T:+64 9 357 9004

E:nick.wells@chapmantripp.com

Qualifications

MBA (Hons), IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland; BCA (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington; BCom, LLB, University of Canterbury

Admitted

1993, New Zealand; 2000, New South Wales

At the helm of Chapman Tripp, Nick is responsible for leading the firm and driving strategy.

Working across the firm, Nick is responsible for our business and professional responsibilities including client development, partner management and development, and leading the senior management team. He also sits on the Chapman Tripp board.

In addition to his role as Chief Executive Partner, Nick is a leading expert on corporate structuring for Māori, private equity, businesses and charities. Also kaihautū of Chapman Tripp’s Māori Legal Group, Te Waka Ture specialising in commercial legal advice to iwi and Māori organisations, he provides guidance on post-Treaty settlement transactions, joint ventures and collective iwi arrangements.

An Adjunct Professor at The University of Auckland Law School, Nick is responsible for the iwi governance courses at undergraduate and masters levels. He is also a contributing author to the Laws of New Zealand and co-author of Wells’ Limited Partnership Handbook, both published by LexisNexis.

Nick was the independent expert to the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Limited Partnership legislation, one of the most significant structuring initiatives for Māori, charities and corporate activity in recent times.

Affiliations

Trustee of KiwiAde (a New Zealand charity helping Namibian children in need)

Involved in a number of community organisations including the Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation and Te Potiki National Trust

Member of the Nomination Committee for the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation

Corporate & commercial

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Māori law

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