Roger Wallis | NZ Lawyer Hotlist 2014

by Aidan Devine22 Apr 2014
Roger WallisRoger Wallis,
Chapman Tripp

Roger Wallis is described as the young gun of Chapman Tripp’s corporate offering; the rising star who has come into his own in recent years. “Historically, Roger has worked with John [Strowger] as a senior associate – Roger was, back in the old days, the walking encyclopaedia on NZ companies and securities law and a superb technical lawyer, maybe not senior enough to develop a broader commercial reputation,” said one source. But things have clearly moved on since then, with Wallis being cited as a prominent dealmaker by many rivals.

Recent deals for Wallis include advising Metlifecare on its ASX listing, NZ$80m institutional placement and share purchase plan, and advising EBOS on its $239m placement and rights issue in conjunction with its transformative acquisition of Symbion for $1.1bn. Incidentally, the EBOS deal was led by another of Chapman Tripp’s well-regarded dealmakers, Christchurch-based Alister McDonald.

Partner & Chairman of the Board, Chapman Tripp
Years of Experience:
  • Ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2012.
  • Ranked as a top tier restructuring and insolvency lawyer by independent legal directory IFLR1000 2011.
  • International Law Office General Corporate Client Choice Award, 2010 & 2011
  • Takeovers Panel
  • New Zealand Institute of Directors
  • Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand (INFINZ)
  • Listed Companies Association
  • Former Chairman of the NZX Legal and Regulatory Advisory board.  
BCom, LLB (Hons), University of Auckland (1987-1993)
Current Town  

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