Gavin Macdonald | NZ Lawyer Hotlist 2014

by Aidan Devine22 Apr 2014
Gavin MacdonaldGavin Macdonald,
Bell Gully


Bell Gully was described as having a “very good suite” of dealmakers, including Gavin Macdonald, James Gibson, Brynn Gilbertson and Haydn Wong. “It depends on the flavour you like, but the senior partner is Gavin. He’s very commercial and a very good deal lawyer to work with. James is seen as a younger version of Gavin,” said one rival. Another source said Macdonald didn’t need to do any schmoozing with clients to bring in work. “He doesn’t do much talking about stuff he doesn’t need to, but he’s very effective,” they said. Indeed, Macdonald is known for the longevity of his client relationships. Several firms commented on his long relationship with Rank Group, approaching its 25th year, and with Air NZ, which Macdonald advised on its recent partial selldown.
 
 
CAREER
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Partner, Bell Gully
Previous:
Sullivan & Cromwell, New York (1995-1996)
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ACHIEVEMENTS/RECOGNITIONS:
  • Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 ranks Gavin as one of only two 'star' corporate lawyers in the country.
  • Listed as a leading lawyer in the IFLR1000 2014 and the Asia Pacific Legal 500 2014.
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EDUCATION:
BA, LLB, University of Auckland
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