Chapman Tripp Partner Barry Brown was named as the New Zealand Dealmaker of the Year at last night's 2011 Australasian Legal Business (ALB) Awards, held in Sydney. Chapman Tripp was also acknowledged for its role on the Debt Market Deal of the Year, the Bank of New Zealand covered bond programme.
The ALB Award wins follow Chapman Tripp winning the inaugural New Zealand Law Firm of the Year Award at the Chambers Asia Pacific Awards in Hong Kong on 21 April.
Chapman Tripp Managing Partner Andrew Poole says: "Chapman Tripp had a very successful year in 2010, helping our clients to breathe life back into the market. These wins reflect the work the firm has been involved in: 70% of NZSX listings in the past year; significant M&A work such as the $2.2b Heartland merger and the major Shell transactions; and all of the covered bond programmes being offered by our major trading banks."
Barry Brown is one of New Zealand's most respected M&A and securities law practitioners, practising for over 30 years. The ALB Awards noted his work highlights for the previous year included advising: Shell on New Zealand's biggest M&A deal of the year, the acquisition of Shell New Zealand's refining and downstream business by a consortium of the Guardians and Infratil; Shell on its NZ$472m divestment of its cornerstone stake in Fulton Hogan, a leading infrastructure contractor; and the NZ$2.2b merger of MARAC Finance, Canterbury Building Society and Southern Cross Building Society.
Barry says: "Chapman Tripp is grateful for the opportunity to work on such...