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NZ Law Awards 2019 - all the winners

25 November 2019

The 15th annual New Zealand Law Awards were held on Thursday 21 November at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland. The awards are presented and managed by Australian-owned niche publishing company Key Media.

The criteria for judging is work completed and services provided between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. After nominations are made, a research process selects the finalists in each category. Finalists are asked to provide a detailed finalist submission to an independent panel of judges, which selects the winner.

The winners were:

Deal Awards

M&A Deal of the Year

Shell New Zealand divestment programme

Firms: Ashurst; Bell Gully; Chapman Tripp; Simpson Grierson

Capital Markets Deal of the Year

Xero convertible note issuance

Firms: Allens; Bell Gully; Chapman Tripp; Gilbert + Tobin; Linklaters

Mid-Market Deal of the Year

Waimea Community Dam

Firms: Anderson Lloyd; Chapman Tripp; Pitt & Moore; Russell McVeagh

Consumer, Media and Tech Deal of the Year

Bounty Fresh takeover of Tegel

Firms: Chapman Tripp; MinterEllisonRuddWatts; Russell McVeagh

International Deal of the Year

AIA acquisition of sovereign life insurance business from CBA

Firms: Ashurst (AU); Bell Gully; Debevoise & Plimpton; Herbert Smith Freehills; Russell McVeagh

New Zealand Deal of the Year

Shell New Zealand divestment programme

Firms: Ashurst; Bell Gully; Chapman Tripp; Simpson Grierson

In-house Awards

Anthony Harper Young In-House Lawyer of the Year (35 or under)

Paris Bree, New Zealand Oil & Gas

MinterEllisonRuddWatts In-House Lawyer of the Year

Marion Franks, Downer

Simpson Grierson Financial Services In-House Team of the Year

AIA New Zealand Legal Team

Russell McVeagh In-House Team of the Year

Spark New Zealand

Firm Awards

NICHE Recruiting Specialists Employment Law Specialist Law Firm of the Year

Dundas Street

Litigation & Dispute Resolution Specialist Law Firm of the Year

Gilbert Walker

Intellectual Property Specialist Law Firm of the Year

AJ Park

Property & Construction Specialist Law Firm of the Year

Thompson Blackie Biddles

Insurance Specialist Law Firm of the Year

Wotton + Kearney

Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Flacks & Wong

Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (<50 Lawyers)

WRMK Lawyers

Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (51-100 Lawyers)

Anthony Harper

Legal Personnel Employer of Choice (>100 Lawyers)

Bell Gully

Resolution Institute Mediator of the Year

Mark Kelly, Barrister & Commercial Mediator

Artemis Executive Recruitment Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year (35 or under)

Liz Blythe, Russell McVeagh

Managing Partner of the Year (<100 Lawyers)

Jon Calder, Tompkins Wake

Managing Partner of the Year (>100 Lawyers)

Anna Buchly, Bell Gully

Deal Team of the Year (<100 Lawyers)

Webb Henderson

NZ Lawyer Deal Team of the Year (>100 Lawyers)

Russell McVeagh, Corporate Team

Law Plus Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year

WRMK Lawyers

Mid-size Law Firm of the Year

Tompkins Wake

K3 Legal Large Law Firm of the Year

Chapman Tripp

Last updated on the 25th November 2019