Australasian Law Awards

Thursday, 17 June 2021


The Australasian Law Awards proudly returns in 2021 to recognise the region’s leading law firms, in-house legal teams, individuals, deals and cases over the past year. It’s a true reflection of excellence in the legal profession.

Leading firms, in-house legal teams, and lawyers are encouraged to nominate across 30-plus categories and be recognised for their achievements and outstanding work. Submissions will be reviewed by an esteemed independent judging panel.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we won’t be able to run a face-to-face gala dinner in 2021. 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. Excellence awardees will be announced in Australasian Lawyer and online channels on 20 May. Gold winners will be revealed at the highly anticipated virtual ceremony on Thursday 17 June 2021.

Nominations for the 2021 Awards are now closed. Excellence Awardees will be announced online on the 20th May, while Gold Winners will be announced at a live virtual event on the 17th June. More info to follow.

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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