New Zealand Law Awards 2020

As COVID-19 pushed the legal profession to go digital, the 2020 New Zealand Law Awards honoured the country's best lawyers, firms and in-house legal departments in a virtual ceremony

New Zealand Law Awards 2020

In June 2020, firms, lawyers, in-house departments, banks and accountancy firms across New Zealand were invited to  nominate  the  best  in  the  country’s  legal  services  market for the 2020 New Zealand Law Awards.

Over a five-week nomination period, the New Zealand Law Awards team received an influx of high-quality   submissions,   highlighting   the   efforts and achievements of firms, individuals and teams who stepped up over the past year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a  stringent  evaluation  process  conducted  by  a  panel of more than 20 independent expert judges over several months, the winners were crowned in a virtual ceremony 10 December. For the first time in their  17-year  history,  the  New  Zealand  Law  Awards were celebrated entirely online.

“It’s important that we are highlighting and celebrating  the  high-quality  work,  innovation and positive change happening within New Zealand’s legal profession, as well as celebrating the excellence and leadership of those lawyers who are creating new standards,” said Jo Avenell, CEO of award sponsor Russell McVeagh.

Here are the winners of the New Zealand Law Awards 2020:

 

DEBT MARKET DEAL OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Acquisition financing of Vodafone New Zealand

EQUITY MARKET DEAL OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Napier Port IPO

PROJECT FINANCE DEAL OF THE YEAR​

WINNER: City Rail Link

M&A DEAL OF THE YEAR​

WINNER: Vodafone New Zealand acquisition

INSOLVENCY AND RESTRUCTURING DEAL OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Receivership of Ebert Construction retention fund

MID-MARKET DEAL OF THE YEAR​

WINNER: Synlait acquisition of Dairyworks

NEW ZEALAND DEAL OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Vodafone New Zealand Acquisition

YOUNG IN-HOUSE LAWYER OF THE YEAR (35 OR UNDER)​

WINNER: Leah Taylor, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

IN-HOUSE LAWYER OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Julian Benefield, Foodstuffs North Island

SIMPSON GRIERSON FINANCIAL SERVICES IN-HOUSE TEAM

WINNER: BNZ

RUSSELL MCVEAGH IN-HOUSE TEAM OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Legal Team

EMPLOYMENT LAW SPECIALIST FIRM OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law

LITIGATION & DISPUTE RESOLUTION SPECIALIST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Gilbert Walker

WESTERN UNION BUSINESS SOLUTIONS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SPECIALIST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

WINNER: AJ Park

PROPERTY & CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Thompson Blackie Biddles

INSURANCE SPECIALIST LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Fee Langstone

BOUTIQUE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Gilbert Walker

ARTEMIS EXECUTIVE RECRUITMENT EMPLOYER OF CHOICE (< 50 LAWYERS)

WINNER: Juno Legal

ARTEMIS EXECUTIVE RECRUITMENT EMPLOYER OF CHOICE (51-100 LAWYERS)

WINNER: Tompkins Wake

ARTEMIS EXECUTIVE RECRUITMENT EMPLOYER OF CHOICE (> 100 LAWYERS)

WINNER: Russell McVeagh

RESOLUTION INSTITUTE MEDIATOR OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Paul Sills, Mediator & Barrister

YOUNG PRIVATE PRACTICE LAWYER OF THE YEAR (35 OR UNDER)

WINNER: Angela Harford, Bell Gully

MANAGING PARTNER OF THE YEAR (< 100 LAWYERS)

WINNER: Jon Calder, Tompkins Wake

MANAGING PARTNER OF THE YEAR (> 100 LAWYERS)

WINNER: Anna Buchly, Bell Gully

NZ LAWYER DEAL TEAM OF THE YEAR (> 100 LAWYERS)

WINNER: Bell Gully Corporate Team

DEAL TEAM OF THE YEAR (< 100 LAWYERS)

WINNER: Webb Henderson

REGIONAL/SUBURBAN LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

WINNER: WRMK Lawyers

MID-SIZE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

WINNERS: Harmos Horton Lusk – Corporate Team

Tompkins Wake

LARGE LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Russell McVeagh

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