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New Zealand - TDH500

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    • Brendan Brown - Russell McVeagh
    • Shaun Connolly - Russell McVeagh
    • Barney Cumberland - Simpson Grierson
    • Stuart Hutchinson - Simpson Grierson
    • Mathew McKay - Bell Gully
    • Graham Murray - Bell Gully
    • Graeme Olding - Chapman Tripp
    • Sacha Oudyn - Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
    • David Patterson - Chapman Tripp
    • Neil Russ - Buddle Findlay
    • Andrew Ryan - Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
    • Willy Sussman - Bell Gully
    • Fred Ward - Russell McVeagh

Next generation lawyers

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    • Graham Murray - Bell Gully
    • Sacha Oudyn - Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Bell Gully is ‘great at clarifying the scope of matters and providing excellent business insight’. In Auckland, Mathew McKay is ‘extremely accessible, able to think outside the box and to provide advice of an extremely high calibre’, and Willy Sussman ‘always takes a personal interest in client matters’. Also recommended is Jarrod Walker, who ‘understands technical issues quickly’. McKay advised Frucor on disputes over the use of mandatory convertible notes, which are alleged to involve tax avoidance.

Chapman Tripp has a leading light in Auckland-based Graeme Olding, who advised ANZ Bank, Bank of New Zealand and other lenders to state-owned Solid Energy on tax issues relating to its NZ$450m insolvency. David Patterson in Wellington ‘has a strong reputation in the market’ and advised vendor NGC Holdings and parent company Vector – the largest power and gas supplier in New Zealand – on tax issues arising from its NZ$952m sale of Vector Gas. Among the firm’s other clients are Sumitomo Forestry and Spark New Zealand.

Russell McVeagh is ‘first class – a firm of choice in New Zealand, very professional and helpful with urgent queries’. Brendan Brown and the ‘pragmatic and detailed’ Fred Ward in Auckland and Shaun Connolly in Wellington ‘have great technical knowledge and understand commercial facts’. Brown advised Bank of New Zealand on regulatory and tax matters arising from its issuance of subordinated bonds under Basel III capital standards. Connolly advised Kiwibank on tax elements of its sale of shares to Crown entities.

At Buddle Findlay in Auckland, ‘the advice is not just technically correct but also useful and constructive’ from Neil Russ and Tony Wilkinson (who ‘demystifies the complexities and intricacies of tax law’). Wilkinson advised Chevron on tax issues arising from its NZ$785m disposal of its local interests. Russ is convenor of the New Zealand Law Society’s Taxation Committee.

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts’ team in Auckland is centred on partner and chartered accountant Andrew Ryan, who excels in corporate tax advice and disputes. Ryan and highly recommended special counsel Sacha Oudyn advised Aspire2 on its acquisition of private education groups, and acted for Z Energy in its NZ$785m acquisition of Chevron New Zealand.

Simpson Grierson in Auckland is ‘unsurpassed for prompt service, excellent value and brilliant industry knowledge’. Practice head Stuart Hutchinson, who excels in structuring inbound investment deals, advised BP Oil New Zealand on a high-value excise duty dispute with the New Zealand Customs Service. Barney Cumberland assisted underwriter Macquarie Capital with tax structuring for Origin Energy’s NZ$1.81bn sale of its majority stake in Contact Energy.

EY Law has ‘an excellent and well-structured tax controversy team that creates value for money’. The ‘clear, practical’ Kirsty Keating has ‘strong technical knowledge’. Clients include a Maori charity and Queenstown Airport Corporation. ‘Highly personable’ director Tori Sullivan is recommended.

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