Mark Freeman | NZ Lawyer Hotlist 2014

by Aidan Devine21 Apr 2014
Mark FreemanMark Freeman,
Bell Gully

Mark Freeman is described as Bell Gully’s senior statesman in Wellington and was the firm’s lead lawyer advising the Crown on the Meridian selldown. “He’s a guy who gets the deal done, calls a spade a spade,” said one source.

It is interesting to observe the way Bell Gully dealmakers are described. Gavin Macdonald, featured later in this list, is described as a lawyer who “doesn’t do much talking about stuff he doesn’t need to, but is very effective”. Brynn Gilbertson is described as “hard-working, a man of few words, a reputation for getting the deal done”. It should come as no surprise, then, to hear that Freeman is “plain speaking, no nonsense, laconic, with long-standing loyal client relationships”. Should we conclude that Bell Gully’s corporate team are not given to flowery speech and verbosity? The perception was not dispelled when we put the question to chairman Roger Partridge, himself a straight shooter. “It’s good to have a house style,” he affirmed.
  • Partner, Bell Gully 
  • NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal (2008)
Sullivan & Cromwell, New York (1995-1996)
Years of Experience:
  • Leading Corporate Lawyer, Chambers Asia Pacific 2014
  • Recommended in Asia Pacific Legal 500 2014
LLB(Hons), Victoria University of Wellington (1978-1982)
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