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Jeffrey Lai

Director

Jeffrey is a founding partner and the Managing Director of Anderson Creagh Lai. He provides sound,...

Jeffrey is a founding partner and the Managing Director of Anderson Creagh Lai. He provides sound, pragmatic legal and general commercial advice to a wide range of clients, particularly in mid-market and high growth New Zealand companies in various industry sectors. Jeffrey specializes in corporate structuring and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, investment funding, domestic and international business expansion, and contractual arrangements. Jeffrey also has a technology sector focus, particularly in major technology project development, implementation and integration, IT services outsourcing, and commercialistion of science and technology. Jeffrey holds an LLB (Hons) and BCom from the University of Auckland.

P. +64 9 306 5790 M. +64 21 625 318 E. Jeffrey.Lai@acllaw.co.nz
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Phil Creagh

Director

Phil is a founding partner of Anderson Creagh Lai, and senior partner and chairman of the firm. Phi...

Phil is a founding partner of Anderson Creagh Lai, and senior partner and chairman of the firm. Phil’s practice areas are wide ranging and include dispute resolution and civil litigation, corporate and commercial advice, and specialist commercial property work. Phil’s main focus is on providing the strategic focus and oversight of significant commercial and contract related disputes, frequently working with the separate bar. Phil has had significant recent experience as instructing solicitor in large commercial property disputes, the local authority powers and regulatory area, a significant minority shareholder oppression action, the leading NZ property relationship/trust case and in many other corporate and commercial causes. In addition to his litigation practice, Phil continues to advise corporate and commercial, and occasionally property, clients on their needs. Outside the law Phil has a number of private family business interests, and has had governance experience, serving on the managing board of a leading Australasian law firm for six years before co-establishing Anderson Creagh Lai, serving as a director for a number of valued personal clients, and serving as an officer and trustee of a number of voluntary organisations. Phil also provides pro-bono assistance and advice to a number of organisations.

P. +64 9 306 5791 M. +64 21 905 866 E. Phil.Creagh@acllaw.co.nz
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Michael Shanahan

Director

Michael is a partner in the corporate / commercial practice focusing on private equity and funds, me...

Michael is a partner in the corporate / commercial practice focusing on private equity and funds, mergers and acquisitions and disposals, financial markets, corporate, commercial and general advisory. Michael was with a large New Zealand commercial law firm for a number of years and was a senior lawyer with Mayer Brown in London prior to joining Anderson Creagh Lai in 2008. He was appointed partner in 2009. Michael holds an LLB and BA from the University of Auckland and is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand (2001) and as a solicitor in England and Wales (2007).

P. +64 9 306 5798 M. +64 21 991 735 E. Michael.Shanahan@acllaw.co.nz
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Gregory Shanahan

Director

In practice since 1970 Gregory founded Shanahan partners and has been a partner in Russell McVeagh a...

In practice since 1970 Gregory founded Shanahan partners and has been a partner in Russell McVeagh and Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. Throughout his career in the law Gregory has specialized in commercial property law. Gregory has provided specialist commercial property-real estate advice to a wide range of New Zealand and Australian corporations, institutions and private companies and overseas clients investing in New Zealand. Structuring of tenure, risk, and governance and finance issues has been at the core of this work. While acting for Ports of Auckland Limited, Gregory advised on the strategy and structuring for and the implementation of the separation of the port operating businesses of the Port company from its non-port operating businesses, which were varied and substantial, long term value-adding businesses. Gregory has done work for the Catholic Church throughout New Zealand, advises a large number of public and private charities including some established by the New Zealand Government.

P. +64 9 306 5883 M. +64 21 943 979 E. Gregory.Shanahan@acllaw.co.nz
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Campbell Izzard

Director

Campbell’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, disposals, foreign direct investments and...

Campbell’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, disposals, foreign direct investments and Asia-wide projects involving companies from New Zealand and Australia, as well as corporate, commercial and general advisory work. Campbell speaks fluent Mandarin having spent 2 years at a language university in Beijing between 1995 and 1997, and holds a LLB from Victoria University of Wellington and Master of International Law from the University of Sydney. He continues to be admitted in both jurisdictions, New Zealand (2002) and New South Wales (2005). Campbell worked in the M&A, capital markets and funds management team of Australian firm, Allens, for a number of years in their Sydney and Shanghai offices, and was a corporate counsel in Clifford Chance’s Shanghai office before returning to New Zealand to join Anderson Creagh Lai as a partner in January 2017. Upon returning to New Zealand, Campbell has been appointed as an advisor to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise on New Zealand - China related investment and is a member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.

P. +64 9 306 5895 M. +64 21 198 8893 E. Campbell.Izzard@acllaw.co.nz
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Aaron Harlowe

Director

Aaron specialises in litigation and dispute resolution. He has broad experience in insolvency, debt...

Aaron specialises in litigation and dispute resolution. He has broad experience in insolvency, debt recovery, employment, health and safety, fair trading act claims and complex contractual disputes. Aaron has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority, District Court, Employment Court, High Court and Court of Appeal as well as in mediations and settlement conferences.

P. +64 9 306 5894 M. +64 27 416 9291 E. Aaron.Harlowe@acllaw.co.nz
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Charly Thorpe

Special Counsel

Charly first joined ACL in 2009 and returned in 2016 as a senior associate in the corporate / commer...

Charly first joined ACL in 2009 and returned in 2016 as a senior associate in the corporate / commercial practice after a period practising in London and made Special Counsel in 2018. Charly specialises in mergers and acquisitions, company formation and restructuring, shareholder issues and protections, financial products advice and general corporate transaction and advisory work. Charly also has a technology sector focus, particularly in major technology project development, implementation and integration, IT services outsourcing, software commercialisation and data migration.

P. +64 9 306 5881 M. +64 21 134 9962 E. Charly.Thorpe@acllaw.co.nz
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Paul Chambers

Special Counsel

Paul joined ACL in April 2014 after having worked for the Treasury Solicitor in the UK, and prior t...

Paul joined ACL in April 2014 after having worked for the Treasury Solicitor in the UK, and prior to that in Auckland at two boutique legal practices and EY as a tax consultant. Paul’s practice comprises all areas of property law with a particular focus on the conveyancing and leasing of commercial property as well as acting for a number of residential and retirement village developers. Paul also provides private client advice, including the structuring of property ownership through trust and corporate structures.

P. +64 9 306 5797 M. +64 21 996 455 E. Paul.Chambers@acllaw.co.nz
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Bryan Ventura

Associate

Bryan joined the firm in 2017 and is a solicitor in the corporate / commercial practice. Bryan obta...

Bryan joined the firm in 2017 and is a solicitor in the corporate / commercial practice. Bryan obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Auckland. Bryan commenced his career as a judges’ clerk at the Auckland District Court, before launching a business venture. He then joined NZX Limited, focusing on listed company regulation, corporate and funds management. Immediately prior to joining ACL, Bryan was a solicitor in DLA Piper’s Auckland office, focusing on funds management, securities and financial regulation.

P. +64 9 306 5887 E. bryan.ventura@acllaw.co.nz
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Courtney Mearns

Associate

Courtney joined the firm in 2017 from her role as associate at NZX Limited where she spent 3 years i...

Courtney joined the firm in 2017 from her role as associate at NZX Limited where she spent 3 years in their Issuer Regulation and general corporate teams. She holds an LLB, BA and BA (Hons) and is working towards an LLM (Hons) with graduation due in 2018. She was admitted to the bar in 2013. Courtney has particular experience in regulated markets and listed company governance.

P. +64 9 306 5795 E. Courtney.Mearns@acllaw.co.nz
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Inigo Kwan-Parsons

Solicitor

Inigo joined ACL in 2017 and was admitted to the bar in 2016. He holds an LLB (Hons) from the Univer...

Inigo joined ACL in 2017 and was admitted to the bar in 2016. He holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland. Prior to joining ACL, Inigo worked in a variety of fields with experience in Maori legal issues, public and administrative law, and commercial law. He began his career at LeeSalmonLong where he worked on large, multi-party disputes and gained experience in a wide range of litigation matters.

P. +64 9 306 5890 E. Inigo.KwanParsons@acllaw.co.nz
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Nick Chan

Solicitor

Nick joined ACL in 2016 and is a solicitor in the corporate / commercial practice. Nick obtained hi...

Nick joined ACL in 2016 and is a solicitor in the corporate / commercial practice. Nick obtained his LLB / BA from the University of Auckland in 2015 and was admitted in 2016. He focuses on business sales, mergers and acquisitions, including listed company acquisitions / stake building, applications for consent and advice on the application of the Overseas Investment Act, minority shareholder protections and general corporate transaction and advisory work.

P. +64 9 306 5888 E. Nicholas.Chan@acllaw.co.nz
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Holly Lawson

Solicitor

Holly completed her LLB (Hons) at Auckland University of Technology in 2016. She joined the firm in...

Holly completed her LLB (Hons) at Auckland University of Technology in 2016. She joined the firm in 2017 and works in the dispute resolution and commercial property teams. Holly has worked on contractual disputes and commercial property transactions.

P. +64 9 306 5897 E. Holly.Lawson@acllaw.co.nz
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Katie Creagh

Solicitor

Katie completed her LLB (Hons) and her bachelor of business studies majoring in finance at Auckland...

Katie completed her LLB (Hons) and her bachelor of business studies majoring in finance at Auckland University of Technology. She joined the firm in 2017 and works in the dispute resolution and corporate/commercial teams. Katie has worked on contractual disputes and a range of commercial transactions.

P. +64 9 306 5794 E. Katie.Creagh@acllaw.co.nz
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Bridget Lockhart

Solicitor

Bridget joined the firm in January 2018, having recently obtained a LLB/BA from Victoria University...

Bridget joined the firm in January 2018, having recently obtained a LLB/BA from Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in psychology. She works in the property and corporate/commercial teams.

P. +64 9 306 5898 E. bridget.lockhart@acllaw.co.nz
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Paul Money

Legal Executive

With 19 years of experience working at Land Information New Zealand and 6 years previously at one of...

With 19 years of experience working at Land Information New Zealand and 6 years previously at one of New Zealand’s largest law firms, Paul is uniquely capable of managing subdivision projects and attending to complicated conveyancing matters.

P. +64 9 306 5885 E. Paul.Money@acllaw.co.nz
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Kevin Hall

Chief Executive Officer

Kevin has recently joined Anderson Creagh Lai as CEO. A Chartered accountant by profession, he bri...

Kevin has recently joined Anderson Creagh Lai as CEO. A Chartered accountant by profession, he brings extensive experience in law firm management from previous roles both in New Zealand and more recently internationally. Kevin is responsible for all firm operations and will be a first point of contact for clients in regard to any questions or issues concerning the firm. Outside of ACL, Kevin enjoys a wide range of activities, travelling and socialising with his wife Arlene, golf, cycling, fishing, and diving among them. Kevin is a Grandfather to twin 4 year old boys all of which keeps him happily occupied. Please contact Kevin regarding all matters to do with the firm.

P. +64 9 306 5892 E. Kevin.Hall@acllaw.co.nz
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Stephen Anderson

Consultant (Non-Lawyer)

Stephen was a founding partner of Anderson Creagh Lai. During his long successful career as a lawyer...

Stephen was a founding partner of Anderson Creagh Lai. During his long successful career as a lawyer, he acted at various times for clients in a range of industries including gas, electricity, glass, airlines, insurance, health, superannuation, stockbroking, salt, magazine publishing, pharmaceuticals, meat and hides, manufacturing, retail, professional engineering, telecoms, IT, liquor and entertainment. Stephen was listed in the 2000 edition of Chambers Global – the World’s Leading Lawyers – 2000-2001 as one of the leading individual lawyers in New Zealand in the company/commercial/M&A category. Stephen holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland. Stephen retired from the legal practice on 20 June 2018. He remains a non-lawyer consultant of the firm, assisting with matters that are not regulated legal services.

P. +64 9 306 5792 M. +64 21 312 311 E. Stephen.Anderson@acllaw.co.nz
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Elaine Webb

Office Manager

Elaine Webb has been with the firm as its office manager since its inception in 2006. She has had a...

Elaine Webb has been with the firm as its office manager since its inception in 2006. She has had a lengthy career in the legal industry and works tirelessly to ensure that the firm's administration needs are met.

P. +64 9 306 5793 E. Elaine.Webb@acllaw.co.nz
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Paul Sullivan

Finance Manager (On Contract)

Paul Sullivan has worked as an accountant since 1998, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England...

Paul Sullivan has worked as an accountant since 1998, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England in 2003, and has primarily spent his career working in professional services firms. Paul assists with the smooth running of the firm's financial functions.

M. +64 20 4002 3854 E. Paul.Sullivan@acllaw.co.nz
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Brielle Doherty

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Brielle joined Anderson Creagh Lai at the end of 2017 and drives the firm’s marketing, communicati...

Brielle joined Anderson Creagh Lai at the end of 2017 and drives the firm’s marketing, communications, IT and business development processes. Brielle coordinates our internal and external systems as well as our online presence. Brielle reports directly to the CEO and comes to us from the Marketing and Advertising Industry in New Zealand. Brielle originally hails from Canada where she earned her Honours Communications degree from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University.

P. +64 9 306 5891 E. Brielle.Doherty@acllaw.co.nz
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Jacqui McLeod

Legal Support

Jacqui has been involved with the firm as a contractor since its early days and in 2016 came on boar...

Jacqui has been involved with the firm as a contractor since its early days and in 2016 came on board full-time to provide support directly to our legal team. Jacqui has spent her career working with legal service providers and brings extensive law firm administrative experience to the team.

P. + 64 9 306 5886 E. Jacqui.McLeod@acllaw.co.nz
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Mary Gee

Receptionist

Mary joined Anderson Creagh Lai in early 2017 as our Receptionist. Mary has a career in reception an...

Mary joined Anderson Creagh Lai in early 2017 as our Receptionist. Mary has a career in reception and administration related roles and she brings a professional and cheerful first impression to anyone visiting our office.

P. + 64 9 306 5882 E. Mary.Gee@acllaw.co.nz
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