Nine lawyers from Chapman Tripp’s Auckland and Christchurch offices have been recognised for their work.
The leading firm has promoted seven new senior associates. Two have been named senior legal advisers and will become senior associates once completing Law Society requirements. The appointments, which are in the firm’s litigation, corporate, tax, and property groups, take effect on 1 June.
“I am delighted to recognise our talented lawyers. These promotions are an acknowledgement of the dedication and passion of our people who deliver excellent client service,” said Nick Well, chief executive partners.
The newly promoted lawyers are Philip Ascroft, Luke Bowers, Tom Cleary, Robert Grignon, Sam Holden, Jacob Kerkin, Amelia Markram, and Kylie Mutch in Auckland, as well as Joseph Lill in Christchurch.
Ascroft, who is a part of the firm’s corporate group, specialises in corporate and securities law, with a particular focus on ECM and M&A. He regularly advises on compliance and corporate governance matters.
Also a part of the corporate team is Bowers, who is an expert in corporate and securities law, with a focus on M&A. He regularly advises on private M&A, takeovers, joint ventures, reorganisations and capital raisings, and Overseas Investment Act matters.
Cleary, an experienced commercial litigator, is known for working on complex disputes. He is an expert in IP, media, trusts, contract, and consumer protection law.
Grignon, who is originally from the US, is a part of the firm’s tax team. He has a particular focus on M&A transactions, cross-border investment, property transactions and post-settlement iwi corporate structuring. He is named as a senior legal adviser.
Holden, an expert in commercial litigation, has a particular focus on banking and finance, insolvency, and construction disputes. He also handles regulatory investigations and proceedings by the Commerce Commission, Financial Markets Authority, and Serious Fraud Office.
An experienced commercial litigator, Kerkin handles matters arising from a wide range of sectors, including property and construction, class actions, banking and finance, contract and tort.
Lill, who is with the firm’s litigation practice, is a specialist in health and safety and general civil litigation, as well as insurance law. He regularly acts in investigations and appears before the District Court and High Court.
Markram, a property expert, advises on front- and back-end matters. She has extensive experience in large-scale construction contracts and consultancy arrangements. Originally from South Africa, she is appointed as senior legal adviser.
Mutch is also a property specialist. She works with developers and contractors on domestic and international construction projects in a wide range of sectors, including residential, commercial, mining, energy and infrastructure, Chapman Tripp said.