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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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Jeff Walters

Director

Jeff is a specialist in commercial property and construction law and brings more than 17 years of ex...

Jeff is a specialist in commercial property and construction law and brings more than 17 years of experience acting for some of New Zealand’s largest organisations. Jeff advises on all property matters, including property management, property acquisition, property disposal, hotel leasing, management and brand franchising, commercial, retail and industrial leasing, development, construction, and mortgagee sales. Regarded as an industry leader Jeff has presented seminars on topics such as Residential Development in Auckland, the Building Act 2004, the Property Law Act 2007, the NEC form of Construction Contract and Limited Liability Partnerships and Property Development. Jeff has also been published in the NZ Herald and NBR with respect to Earthquakes and Leasing, Affordable Housing and Urban Development Authorities.

P. +64 9 306 5896 M. +64 21 831 335 E. Jeff.Walters@acllaw.co.nz
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Gerard Curry

Director

Gerard has successfully lead in the Privy Council, the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the Envir...

Gerard has successfully lead in the Privy Council, the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the Environment Court, the Employment Court, the District Court, and in arbitrations (including NZ’s second ever largest arbitration between Forestry Corporation and Tasman Pulp and Paper), mediations and Disciplinary Tribunals. He advised the French government on the Rainbow Warrior and investigated serious fraud allegations against a significant corporate. His report was accepted by the court in full. He is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution procedures (particularly arbitration and mediation). His litigation areas include Administrative, Public Law and Governance, Commercial and Contract, Directors, Managers, Officers and Trustees duties, Environment, Fiduciary duties, Financial markets and securities, Professional discipline, Real property, Regulatory and Fraud. His qualifications include a BA and LLM (Distinction) from Victoria University, Scholarship 1971 – 1973 Rotary International Graduate Fellow, doctorate (S.J.D) from George Washington University (international law), DipICArb U.K. (Keble College, Oxford Commercial Arbitration), FAMINZ Fellow, Panel Mediation (LEADR), and AMINZ.

P. +64 9 306 5894 M. +64 27 536 7830 E. Gerard.Curry@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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Andy Glenie

Director

Andy joined Anderson Creagh Lai as a director in 2016, having previously worked at major firms in Au...

Andy joined Anderson Creagh Lai as a director in 2016, having previously worked at major firms in Auckland, Sydney and London.  He specialises in the resolution of complex commercial disputes. Andy is experienced in all forms of commercial dispute resolution (including litigation at all levels of the New Zealand court system, arbitration and mediation).  He has particular expertise in competition and regulatory law, (including matters involving the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Markets Authority, Commerce Commission, WorkSafe New Zealand and a wide range of other New Zealand agencies and regulators), and also frequently advises parties in relation to property and construction matters.  He has significant experience in public law matters, and has advised parties involved in two Royal Commissions of Inquiry. Andy holds an LLB (Hons) and a BA (Economics) from the University of Auckland, and an LLM from the University of Cambridge.

P. +64 9 306 5893 M. +64 21 568 923 E. Andy.Glenie@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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Stephen Anderson

Consultant

Stephen has been a partner of Anderson Creagh Lai since its inception. He has acted at various times...

Stephen has been a partner of Anderson Creagh Lai since its inception. He has 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.

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

Senior Associate

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. 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

Senior Associate

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

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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Lydia Ingram

Solicitor

Lydia joined the firm in 2016 and is a solicitor in the dispute resolution team. Lydia obtained a L...

Lydia joined the firm in 2016 and is a solicitor in the dispute resolution team. Lydia obtained a LLB/BA from the University of Auckland and was admitted to the bar in 2016. She graduated with an MTaxS from the University of Auckland in 2017. She has had experience in contractual and commercial property disputes.

P. +64 9 306 5884 E. Lydia.Ingram@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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Greta Barkle

Solicitor

Greta joined ACL’s dispute resolution team in 2017, having been admitted to the bar in 2015. Gret...

Greta joined ACL’s dispute resolution team in 2017, having been admitted to the bar in 2015. Greta started her career as an employment and health and safety law specialist at one of New Zealand’s largest commercial firms. Prior to joining ACL, Greta specialised in competition, consumer and criminal law prosecutions, regularly appearing in the District and High Courts. Greta holds an LLB (Hons) and BA (Political Science and Spanish) from the University of Canterbury.

P. +64 9 306 5799 E. Greta.Barkle@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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Courtney Mearns

Solicitor

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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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

Law Clerk

Katie is currently completing her LLB (Hons) and has completed her bachelor of business studies majo...

Katie is currently completing her LLB (Hons) and has completed 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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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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Paul Sullivan

General Manager

Paul Sullivan is the General Manager and has been with the firm since May 2016. He has worked as an...

Paul Sullivan is the General Manager and has been with the firm since May 2016. He 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 is responsible for the smooth running of the firm operations and oversees the finance, admin, property, and IT functions.

P. +64 9 306 5892 M. +64 20 4002 3854 E. Paul.Sullivan@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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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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Brielle Doherty

Practice Support

Brielle provides administration support to all areas of the firm with a particular emphasis on IT an...

Brielle provides administration support to all areas of the firm with a particular emphasis on IT and supporting the General Manager and Office Manager. Brielle comes from a communications background and provides creative input on the firm’s marketing projects.

P. +64 9 306 5891 E. Brielle.Doherty@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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