Chapman Tripp

New Zealand


Practice area

IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

Chapman Tripp is among the leading firms in New Zealand, especially in capital markets and restructuring and insolvency.   

In the research period the firm acted in the market’s only residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) transaction last year; one of largest and complex corporate insolvencies in New Zealand of late; and the largest corporate issuance on New Zealand’s debt market.  

Recent Deal Data highlights   

•Avanti Finance NZ$200 million RMBS 

•CBL Insurance insolvency  

•Chorus New Zealand NZ$500 million bond issue   

•Xero $300 million convertible bond issue  

•Christchurch International Airport $100 million bond issue 

Client feedback

"Chapman Tripp has one of the strongest national finance practices with excellent lawyers in Auckland and Wellington. You always know with Chapman Tripp that you will be getting the 'A Team' on a transaction given the strong depth of talent across its network." - Banking

"Excellent, as always. Chapman Tripp embodies the 'safe pair of hands' and 'trusted advisor' roles that we have come to expect." – Capital markets: Debt

"It has a great understanding of the client and its drivers. It also has great knowledge of real estate (the asset being invested in) and are able to match this to the issues raised by an equity raising." – Capital markets: Equity

"Excellent work. Astute advice with a clear commercial focus. Able to separate what the 'law' was vs what could be achieved commercially. Strong bench and able to throw a lot of resource at a transaction." – M&A

"Highly professional and hard-working. Experts in all relevant fields. Advice was clear and commercial." – M&A

"Strong team of partners across multiple disciplines. No particular weaknesses other than turnover of junior staff which is pretty typical." – Private equity 

"Chapman Tripp did a good job. It was able to take a practical approach and were able to appreciate the commercial realities of the negotiations and provide sensible advice regarding the legal risks. In terms of billing I never felt that we were being billed for time that wasn't related to delivery of the specific objectives." – Private equity

"Very strong law firm. Practical and well thought out advice with a collaborative approach towards achieving the best outcome." – Restructuring and insolvency

"Very professional and efficient. It has great ability to distill complex scenarios and solutions down to clear and concise positions." – Restructuring and insolvency

Rachel Dunne

"Excellent. Truly top grade. Very commercial and much focused."

Pip England

"Pip is an expert in property funds and really understands the drivers and risks of real estate."

Jeremy Gray

"Jeremy provides straight to the point legal analysis and is efficient with both his time and mine. Generally he identifies problems but also solutions and a path forward."

Michael Harper

"Exceptional. Provided great advice to private equity owners, company, and executives."

"One of New Zealand's leading R&I lawyers. Approaches everything with a workout culture (rather than an insolvency focus). He's well connected which helps achieve positive outcomes."

Gerard Souness

"As a new partner, Gerard has quickly earned a reputation as a strong, reliable negotiator. He is approachable and very pleasant to deal with and understands the importance of client relationships. The Chapman Tripp partnership has been significantly strengthened through his promotion."

Emma Sutcliffe

"Emma is clearly one of the top tier lawyers in NZ for her area of expertise. She is a thoroughly experienced and capable lawyer, combined with sharp commercial acumen and practical ability."

Tim Tubman

"Excellent advice, always available and responsive. Able to efficiently coordinate a large team."