Australasian Law Awards


The Australasian Law Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Australia and New Zealand's leading legal professionals, firms and in-house teams for their contribution to the industry over the past year. They are also a way to recognise the big deals that have occupied the profession.

The awards define excellence in the legal profession, the awards night typically attracts over 650 guests and is held at the Star Sydney.

Have a look at the highlights of the 2019 night here.


Unfortunately, due to recent developments in Australia, we won’t be able to run a face-to-face gala dinner this year. While we’re disappointed that we’re not going to be seeing you at our face-to-face event, we’ve come up with a unique format to recognise and celebrate excellence across the Australasian legal profession.

Due to the high calibre of nominations this year, we will be recognising several excellence awards in addition to the winners of each category.

The winners and excellence awards will be announced on Australasian Lawyer next week. For more information on the format and dates click here.


During the period, experts from across Chapman Tripp worked on NZ’s most important and innovative deals, including:

  • Vector’s NZ$952.5m sale of its gas business to First State Investment (largest M&A deal completed in NZ in 2016)
  • NZ King Salmon’s NZ$77.5m IPO and NZX Main Board and ASX listing (the firm has now acted on 16 of the last 25 IPOs and NZX Main Board listings, more than any other firm)
  • one of the few true private project financing transactions in NZ in recent years: Crown Irrigation’s project funding support for the Central Plains Irrigation Scheme project (NZ$219m)
  • the most important infrastructure projects including the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway (a PPP valued at NZ$760m)
  • the most significant commercial disputes, which include advising:

o [CONFIDENTIAL] NZ’s largest business enterprise, Fonterra, in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore and brought by French multinational Danone

o EQC on all aspects of its statutory natural disaster insurance obligations (the most significant story in NZ’s litigation markets by a significant margin). 

Also during the period:

  • the only NZ law firm to place in Mergermarket's top 15 rankings for M&A deal value and count in Australasia
  • shortlisted as one of Australasia’s Best Law Firms and a NZ Market Leader in the Financial Review Client Choice Awards, and 
  • awarded NZ National Law Firm of the Year (2016 IFLR Awards), Law Firm of the Year (2016 KangaNews Awards) and Large Law Firm of the Year (2016 NZ Law Awards).
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