2014 New Zealand wins a seat on the United Nations Security Council, starting from 2015.
2015 The country holds a binding referendum on options for an alternative design for New Zealand's national flag, with a second referendum to be held in 2016 to decide between the chosen option and existing flag.
2016 More commonly known as Brexit, following a referendum held in June 2016, the United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union.
Republican nominee, businessman and reality television star, Donald Trump, was elected as the 45th President of the United States.
2017 Almost four weeks after New Zealand’s 23 September election, three parties announce they will form the country’s next government. Jacinda Ardern is announced as New Zealand’s youngest Prime Minister in 150 years, and the country’s third woman leader. Her government is a coalition between the New Zealand Labour Party and New Zealand First, supported by a supply-and-confidence agreement with the Green Party.
2020 The United Kingdom, under Prime Minister Boris Johnson, formally leaves the European Union following several years of political debate. A transition period (until 31 December 2020) will allow both sides to agree on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
First identified in China in late 2019, the COVID-19 virus swept the world, with the World Health Organisation declaring a global pandemic on 11 March 2020. In response to the rising number of cases both domestically and globally, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern closed New Zealand's borders to non-citizens and non-residents on 19 March 2020.
On 21 March 2020, the government introduced a four-tier alert level system. This was escalated to its highest setting (Alert Level 4) on 25 March 2020 with the country placed into a four-week lockdown. Restrictions were slowly eased nationwide by May 2020. Subsequently, the Auckland region reinstated lockdown restrictions in August-September 2020 following smaller outbreaks.
In the midst of New Zealand's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Jacinda Ardern-led Labour Party won the 2020 General Election with 50% of the vote and 65 seats in the House. This was the first time under the current MMP system that a party didn't require a coalition or confidence and supply agreement to form a government. In the coming weeks, the Green Party entered a cooperation agreement with the Labour Party.
Bell Gully continues to support MBIE in its role leading New Zealand’s global negotiations for the Vaccine Strategy Task Force, advising officials from MBIE, the Ministry of Health, PHARMAC, MFAT and The Treasury on securing a portfolio of COVID-19 vaccines, with sufficient vaccines to cover the Realm of New Zealand (Tokelau, the Cook Islands and Niue) and New Zealand’s Polynesian neighbours (Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu) should their governments wish to take these up.
2013 The firm advises the Crown on the design and implementation of the Mixed Ownership Model, and subsequently on the initial public offerings of Mighty River Power and of Meridian in 2013.
Bell Gully acts for the NZ Transport Agency on the procurement of a new Road of National Significance, the Transmission Gully Motorway. It is the first PPP project in New Zealand that relates to roading infrastructure. It is the third PPP to reach financial close since 2012 - a further two complete in 2015. Bell Gully advises the New Zealand Government on each of these.
Bell Gully advises long-term client Contact Energy on the sale of Origin's 53% stake in Contact Energy in a block trade worth approximately NZ$1.81 billion. This is the first time a ‘cleansing notice’ has been issued for a block trade in New Zealand, and a first for a block trade to retail investors.
Bell Gully advises Nuplex Industries on its acquisition by Allnex by way of scheme of arrangement. The billion-dollar transaction is the largest completed takeover involving a New Zealand target company in a decade and was the first large takeover to be implemented by way of scheme of arrangement under the new regime for schemes, which came into force in 2014.
Bell Gully is awarded the Rainbow Tick after demonstrating its strong commitment to ensuring inclusion and support of the LGBTTI community.
Bell Gully backs the award-winning He Tohu exhibition, as one of the first corporate sponsors of the Te Puna Foundation. The aim of the exhibition is to improve access to the He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni (Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand), the Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi, and the Women's Suffrage Petition (Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine).
2018 Bell Gully appoints its first female Chair, Anna Buchly.
Bell Gully won New Zealand Deal Firm of the Year, at the 2018 Australasian Law Awards.
2019 Bell Gully named a winner at the NZ UN Women's Empowerment Principles White Camellia Awards. The firm received an award in recognition of our work to promote education, training and professional development opportunities for women.
Bell Gully wins six awards at the 2019 New Zealand Law Awards. The firm was awarded Employer of Choice, while chair Anna Buchly was named Managing Partner of the Year.
Bell Gully advised Vodafone Group Plc on its sale of Vodafone New Zealand to a consortium of Infratil and Brookfield Asset Management for NZ$3.4 billion, making it one of the largest New Zealand M&A transactions on record.
The firm also advised Apax Partners LLP on its NZ$2.56 billion takeover of Trade Me - the largest takeover undertaken to date in NZ via scheme of arrangement.
2020 Bell Gully wins two awards at the Client Choice Awards 2020. The firm was named joint-winners in both Best Professional Services Firm ($50-$200m revenue) and Best Law & Related Services Firm ($50-$200m revenue) categories across Australasia.
Bell Gully wins seven awards at the 2020 New Zealand Law Awards. Bell Gully's Corporate team was recognised as New Zealand Deal Team of the Year, while the Vodafone New Zealand acquisition won M&A Deal of the Year, Debt Market Deal of the Year and overall New Zealand Deal of the Year. Bell Gully's Corporate team also won Equity Market Deal of the Year for the Napier Port IPO.
2021 Andrew Petersen, the firm’s projects and real estate department leader, is appointed as Bell Gully's new chair.
For the second year in a row, Bell Gully wins New Zealand Litigation Firm of the Year at the Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2021.