Vivian is a tax law specialist.
Vivian is an experienced lawyer and advises clients on all aspects of taxation law, with particular expertise in business structures and reorganisations, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions and cross-border taxation. She is also a leading legal expert in New Zealand on FATCA and the automatic exchange of financial account information.
She has a proven track record in representing clients in engagements with Inland Revenue, including managing investigations/tax disputes, negotiating tax settlements, obtaining binding rulings, and seeking legislative amendments and policy reform.
Vivian regularly speaks at and is a past chair of the annual NZLS Tax Conference and a regular contributor to the New Zealand Law Journal. She is recognised as an Associate to Watch in Chambers Asia Pacific 2019.
Before joining Chapman Tripp in 2012, Vivian was a Special Counsel at another large national law firm.
- advised Shell on the $794m divestment of its New Zealand operations
- advised major banks (including ANZ, BNZ, Westpac, KiwiBank) and other financial institutions on identifying and managing their obligations under FATCA and the Common Reporting Standard for automatic exchange of financial account information (AEOI)
- advised New Zealand and offshore investors on the structuring of investments in various major infrastructure projects
- advised various companies and multinational groups on the offer of share incentives to New Zealand employees
- advised a multinational group on the restructuring of its New Zealand operations
- advised a major New Zealand company on tax aspects of its IPO
- advised a leading freight and logistics management company on structuring its strategic freight alliance arrangements, and
- achieved resolution of tax disputes for clients on favourable terms, including disputes in relation to transfer pricing and land sales.