Stephen Lowe | NZ Lawyer Hotlist 2014

by Aidan Devine21 Apr 2014
Stephen Lowe
Stephen Lowe,
Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp’s Stephen Lowe had a leading role advising Mighty River Power on all aspects of its IPO and has also been appointed to advise the NZ Treasury on the Genesis Energy selldown.

Other examples of his recent work include advising Maui Capital on the establishment of two private equity funds and investments by those funds, and advising Goodyear & Dunlop Tyres on the sale of its New Zealand Beaurepaires business.

One quality for which Lowe has been singled out for particular praise is versatility: Lowe, well known for his expertise in private equity matters, has had to adapt to a market in which PE activity has been somewhat patchy. “If you built your entire practice around PE, you’d be in a pretty sorry state,” said one source. “Clients like Mighty River Power would have no particular visibility of [Lowe’s] PE practice, but he’s managed to retain more of that general corporate practice brand, covering both the transactional and advisory ends of the spectrum – he’s done that better than most. You’ve gotta have more than one string to your bow in this market, that’s for sure.” However, there is also a view that PE activity is on the mend in 2014, so maybe the wheel will turn for our long-suffering PE specialists.

Partner, Chapman Tripp (1996)
Partner, Russel McVeagh (1985-1996)
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Listed as a Leading Lawyer in Mergers & Acquisitions by IFLR 1000.
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