Chapman Tripp Retains Top Rankings In International Legal Guide to Leading Financial Law Firms

LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Chapman Tripp has once again been rated highly in the 2008 edition of the IFLR1000, the guide to the world’s leading financial law firms. The firm was ranked in the first tier of recommended New Zealand law firms across all four areas reviewed by IFLR1000; banking and financial services, capital markets, insolvency and restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions. Chapman Tripp also had more leading lawyer rankings than any other New Zealand law firm, with a total of ten lawyers listed as leading in their fields.

In its 2008 report on New Zealand law firms, IFLR1000 noted that Chapman Tripp’s banking and finance department had “first-class talent in partners such as Michael Anderson and Dermot Ross” and that managing partner Mark Reese “is referred to as a ‘first-class banking and finance lawyer’ by one competitor.”

The report also states that “There can be no doubt of Chapman Tripp’s top-tier ranking for M&A. The practice boasts market-leading talents such as Barry Brown, Stephen Lowe and John Strowger, the latter consistently singled out by peers for his private-equity expertise.”
In its review of capital markets practices, IFLR1000 states that Chapman Tripp’s team has “turned in another excellent performance on both the debt and equity sides” and retains “first-class talent in partners such as the ‘very good and very smart’ John Sproat for debt capital markets work.”

IFLR1000 also notes the firm’s “highly regarded restructuring and insolvency practice boasting the expertise of leading lawyers Michael Harper, Derek Parker and Dermot Ross.”

IFLR1000 leading lawyers for 2008
Capital markets: Barry Brown, Mark Reese, John Sproat, Matthew Yarnell.
Banking and project finance: Michael Anderson, Derek Parker, Mark Reese, Dermot Ross, Matthew Yarnell.

Mergers and acquisitions: Barry Brown, Stephen Lowe, John Strowger.
Restructuring and insolvency: Michael Harper, Dermot Ross.
IFLR1000 is a widely recognised international guide to the top law firms advising on international corporate finance. Its recommendations are based on independent research conducted through interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel.

The 2008 edition of the IFLR1000 country report for New Zealand is available on the IFLR website.

Expert Guides
Legal Media Group, producers of the IFLR1000, also publish Expert Guides, which rank leading lawyers across a wider range of practice areas than those covered in the IFLR1000 report. In addition to the lawyers noted above, a further nine Chapman Tripp lawyers were listed as leading individuals in these Expert Guides.
The Expert Guides are available online.

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