James has advised on some of the largest and most complex deals in New Zealand. James was part of the Bell Gully team that recently advised Brookfield on its sale of 49% of One NZ to Infratil, and led the teams advising Ampol on its acquisition of Z Energy, and Air New Zealand on its comprehensive NZ$2.2 billion recapitalisation package to help position the airline for recovery, including its NZ$1.2 billion pro rata renounceable rights offer.
“We are delighted James has been recognised in this way. No doubt the recognition reflects the great work he and the wider Bell Gully team have consistently done on some of New Zealand’s largest and most complex transactions,” said Bell Gully chair and partner Andrew Petersen.
James is widely recognised as a leading corporate M&A and securities lawyer in New Zealand, with top rankings in global directories including being named a top tier corporate and commercial lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2023, a leading lawyer in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 and a market leader for capital markets; private equity and mergers and acquisitions in IFLR1000 2022.