Chapman Tripp has announced the appointment of four new partners and two special counsels, effective from 1 December 2018.
Simon Peart has been appointed a partner in the Wellington competition and regulatory team.
Simon was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2006 in New Zealand and 2013 for England and Wales.
He re-joined Chapman Tripp in 2015 after five years in the competition department at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, based in London. Simon specialises in competition, regulatory and public law.
Leigh Kissick has been appointed a commercial finance and infrastructure partner in the Wellington office.
She was admitted in 2004. Leigh advises clients on the commercial and financing aspects of projects, including large infrastructure projects.
Before Chapman Tripp she worked for another major New Zealand law firm for 10 years and also worked for English firm Slaughter and May from 2008 to 2012.
Laura Fraser has been appointed a partner in the litigation team in the Auckland office.
Admitted in 2009, Laura specialists in complex commercial litigation and advises on a broad range of commercial disputes, including corporate and regulatory matters, as well as general contract and tort issues.
She began her career as a judges' clerk at the Supreme Court before completing post-graduate studies at the University of Oxford.
Gerard Souness has been appointed a partner in the Auckland finance team.
He was admitted in 2006 and specialises in corporate and institutional finance, advising banks, corporates and other entities. Gerard has worked across the banking spectrum both in private practice and in-house at a major New Zealand bank.
He has a particular interest in syndications, corporate finance, structured product, receivables finance and export credit finance.
Anna Kraack has been appointed special counsel in the Wellington office.
Anna specialises in civil litigation, with a focus on contract disputes, gas and energy, aquaculture, insurance and trusts.
She was admitted in 2007 and has appeared in the High Court, District Court and a diverse range of tribunals.
Joanna Bain has been appointed special counsel in the Auckland resource management and infrastructure team.
She advises on district and regional planning, consenting and compliance issues, Overseas Investment Act matters, and climate change.
Jo was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1995.