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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 specialises 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 commercialisation 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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Significant Cases

Hudson Bay Holdings Limited v Waitakere Properties (High Court). A successful action compelling performance of a put option exercised by Sovereign Yachts operating company on Auckland Council. Council appealed, but then settled on more favourable terms than the original judgement as a result of other litigation strategies that were deployed.

The Clayton v Clayton cases culminating with Clayton v Clayton [2016] NZSC 29. This the well-known, defining trust law case which I took over in the Court of Appeal and for the final Supreme Court appeal on a reverse brief from Lady Deborah Chambers QC. Clayton was settled prior to the issue of the Supreme Court judgment.

Sturgess and Ors. v Dunphy and Ors [2014] NZCA 266 and Jet Trustees v Dunphy and Ors [2014] NZSC 140. This is the series of Greymouth Petroleum cases up to the Court of Appeal. This is the most recent leading minority shareholder oppression case in the higher courts, and I was reverse briefed by Philip Skelton QC and (now) Mark Corlett QC.

Zespri lntemational Limited v Yu, an Employment Court case but one with significant ramifications for my client Mr Yu, a former Zespri employee who was imprisoned in China (reverse briefed by Philip Skelton QC).

The series of Kim Dotcom cases, which are too numerous to individually list. I have been instructing solicitor and closely involved since 2014 on all Dotcom litigation matters up to the recent Supreme Court extradition hearing.

Gulf Harbour Marina Limited & Ors v Auckland Council & Minister of Conservation CIV-2010-404-003283. This was the marina seabed licence fees case where I acted for a group of RMA consented marinas in challenging Council's entitlement to charge seabed licence fees, engaging Stephen Mills QC. The case successfully settled at Council's request.

Kawerau Village Holdings Limited and Anr v Ho Kok Sun and Ors [2017] NZSC 150. This is the long running Kawerau Falls Station case which I initiated and ran to the Supreme Court for a large group of offshore investors initially with Philip Skelton QC, and then on appeal with Stephen Mills QC and (now) Andrew Barker QC.

Trends Publishing International Limited v Advicewise People Limited & Ors [2018] NZSC 62. An unsuccessful Supreme Court appeal against the striking down of a creditor compromise arrangement, but a decision which has clarified an important aspect of creditor law relating to the recognition of classes of creditors.

Trends Publishing International Limited v Callaghan Innovation [2019] NZHC 907, a recent and unsuccessful High Court action lead by Mark Corlett QC centring on the terms of Callaghan's funding grant to Trends, and Trends' compliance or otherwise with those terms.

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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 specialised 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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Mihai Pascariu

Director

Mihai has over 14 years of experience in commercial law and has developed specific expertise in disp...

Mihai has over 14 years of experience in commercial law and has developed specific expertise in dispute resolution, corporate governance, banking law, security enforcement, restructuring and insolvency and Commerce Commission investigations. Mihai has been involved in some of New Zealand’s most complex corporate governance and cross-border matters, including the Mainzeal Group’s claim against its former directors, the receivership of Reef Shipping (involving disputes and litigation in multiple jurisdictions across Pacific, including Hong Kong, Fiji and Tahiti) and Torchlight Fund LP (involving Trans-Tasman security enforcement and litigation in New Zealand and Cayman Islands). More recently, Mihai has acted in relation to investigations by the Commerce Commission of financial services providers and global pharmaceutical companies for misleading advertising. He has been recognised as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ in Legal 500 Asia Pacific rankings for 2019.

P. +64 9 306 5884 M. +64 27 558 5864 E. Mihai.Pascariu@acllaw.co.nz
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Paul Chambers

Director

Paul Chambers has been in practice since 2007 with a varied career beginning with a tax specialisati...

Paul Chambers has been in practice since 2007 with a varied career beginning with a tax specialisation and including a stint in the UK advising the Home Office on immigration law. Since 2014 he has been settled back in New Zealand at Anderson Creagh Lai with a property focused practice covering acquisition, disposal and leasing of commercial property, residential property development of all scales, and construction contracts from both principal and contractor perspectives. His clients range from the individual entrepreneurs to large-scale developers and listed and institutional portfolio holders. Paul has complemented his property practice with extensive experience advising on a wide range of investment and asset holding structures, including corporate and trust entities and limited partnerships. He also regularly provides advice to his property developer and investor clients regarding the acquisition of secured finance and refinancing arrangements. Paul has also developed a substantial private client base comprising both New Zealand and non-New Zealand domiciled clients to whom he provides trust and estate planning advice.

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

Director

Grant joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2019. He specialises in litigation, tax and charities law and i...

Grant joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2019. He specialises in litigation, tax and charities law and is in the process of finalising a book on charities law. He has also lectured in the Master of Taxation Studies degree at the University of Auckland and in the Bachelor of Laws programme at AUT.

P. +64 9 306 5798 M. +64 21 224 8048 E. grant.sidnam@acllaw.co.nz
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Grania Clark

Senior Associate

Grania Clark commenced her legal career in 2010 assisting on Resource Management appeals and submiss...

Grania Clark commenced her legal career in 2010 assisting on Resource Management appeals and submissions, including on the then proposed Auckland Council Unitary Plan. She has since received extensive experience advising corporate and private clients, and public authorities, on the acquisition, disposal, use and development of commercial, retail, industrial and residential property, including under the Unit Titles Act and Public Works Act. Grania has acted on complex land developments, including the subdivision of green fields to residential and commercial units, subsidiary Unit Title developments and their redevelopments. Her has experience advising on complex commercial, retail and industrial lease arrangements involving government entities, institutional banks, and medical providers, for existing premises and on develop to lease arrangements. Grania has also acted on the sale and purchase of business, provides advice on asset protection and financial arrangements for property transactions. Grania joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2022 and her breadth of experience has granted her complex knowledge of all things property.

P. +64 9 306 5893 M. +64 21 268 7158 E. Grania.Clark@acllaw.co.nz
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Clayton Edy

Senior Associate

Clayton joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2022 as a Senior Associate in the litigation team. Clayton was...

Clayton joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2022 as a Senior Associate in the litigation team. Clayton was admitted as a solicitor in South Africa in 2007 and was involved in numerous insurance, construction/engineering and property disputes before being called to the Bar in 2012. During his tenure as a barrister in South Africa, he gained extensive experience in the spheres of insurance, personal injury, construction, commercial, local government and motor law. Clayton has been involved in a number of high value and high-profile matters, including a volatile employment law dispute, the construction (and subsequent destruction) of four jet fuel tanks in the Durban harbour, a defamation action by a solicitor and an inquest into the death of a supervisor at a large sugar mill. Clayton’s clients have included the South African Red Cross Society, the governing bodies of various schools, Unilever South Africa, Togaat-Huletts South Africa and various arms of the South African government. Before joining Anderson Creagh Lai, Clayton sat as an independent ACC review specialist, as well as an independent arbitrator and mediator. Clayton is admitted to practice as a barrister in South Africa, and a solicitor and barrister in both New Zealand and Australia.

P. +64 9 306 5799 M. +64 27 307 8034 E. Clayton.Edy@acllaw.co.nz
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Maggie Chang

Senior Associate

Maggie joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2020 as an Associate in the corporate/commercial team. Prior t...

Maggie joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2020 as an Associate in the corporate/commercial team. Prior to returning to Auckland, Maggie spent the majority of her time in Melbourne in both private practice and in-house. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Maggie was admitted in 2012 and holds a BSc (Chemistry) and LLB from the University of Auckland.

P. +64 9 306 5881 M. +64 21 228 9500 E. Maggie.Chang@acllaw.co.nz
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Adam Jackson

Special Counsel - Middle East

Adam is predominantly a corporate, commercial lawyer with experience in a full spectrum of corporate...

Adam is predominantly a corporate, commercial lawyer with experience in a full spectrum of corporate transactions ranging from F1 motorsport, to establishing private equity funds and mutual funds, advising on capital raisings, structured finance, Islamic finance, M & A deals, NASDAQ reverse mergers, healthcare, hospitality, commercial property, tech and start ups, large scale productions and concerts, artist management and entertainment, asset protection, succession planning, debt restructuring and education. Previous achievements include: Private equity and funds lawyer for International UK Law Firm - Dubai based. Appointed to Minister of Interior’s Office as General Counsel for seven years - Abu Dhabi based. Served on UAE Federal Higher Committee for Child Protection, co-authored UAE’s Federal Child Protection Legislation including several other pieces of Federal legislation, appointed as executive director for two UAE Government owned international companies, was awarded the silver medal for excellence and commitment. Adam has advised both High Level members of the UAE Government and Royal Family on multiple transactions and projects including deals with Morgan Stanley Bank, Oprah Winfrey Angel Foundation and BlackRock Private Equity Group. Adam has over 15 years of experience practicing law spanning multiple jurisdictions including Melbourne, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles and again back in his home country, New Zealand. Adam prides himself on adding value to his clients and offering them creative solutions with excellent, professional service.

M. +64 21 838 733 E. adam.jackson@acllaw.co.nz
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Ivan Dorofeev

Associate

Ivan works across capital markets, private and venture capital, investment funds and mergers and acq...

Ivan works across capital markets, private and venture capital, investment funds and mergers and acquisitions to deliver pragmatic legal solutions on corporate structuring, regulatory compliance, capital raising and deal-making. He has experience in a wide scope of sectors ranging from financial services and technology (including blockchain, deep tech and fintech) through to traditional hard asset sectors (including real estate and agribusiness). Ivan gained an LLB from the University of Auckland and speaks Russian fluently.

P. +64 9 306 5887 M. +64 22 386 0595 E. ivan.dorofeev@acllaw.co.nz
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Arthur Crawford

Solicitor

Arthur joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2019, having obtained an LLB from the University of Otago. Arth...

Arthur joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2019, having obtained an LLB from the University of Otago. Arthur provides advice to a range of clients on various matters including mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring and restructuring, capital markets transactions, regulatory compliance, commercial contracting and general corporate governance.

P. +64 9 306 5888 E. arthur.crawford@acllaw.co.nz
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Mackenzie Grayson

Solicitor

Mackenzie joined Anderson Creagh Lai in January 2020, having completed her LLB/BA conjoint degree at...

Mackenzie joined Anderson Creagh Lai in January 2020, having completed her LLB/BA conjoint degree at Victoria University of Wellington. Mackenzie was admitted to the bar in November 2020 and works in the litigation team.

P. +64 9 306 5895 E. Mackenzie.Grayson@acllaw.co.nz
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Kate Hursthouse

Solicitor

Kate graduated with her LLB(Hons) degree from the University of Otago in 2020, and joined Anderson C...

Kate graduated with her LLB(Hons) degree from the University of Otago in 2020, and joined Anderson Creagh Lai in January 2021. She was admitted to the bar in November 2021 and works in the litigation team.

P. +64 9 306 5894 E. Kate.Hursthouse@acllaw.co.nz
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Paul Park

Solicitor

Paul joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2022 after previously working in a boutique law firm specialising...

Paul joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2022 after previously working in a boutique law firm specialising in property and construction. He graduated with LLB/BCom (Economics) at the University of Auckland. He has been admitted to the bar in March 2022 and is currently working in the corporate team.

P. +64 9 952 9306 E. Paul.Park@acllaw.co.nz
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Harry Burbidge

Law Graduate (UK)

Harry joined Anderson Creagh Lai after working in the corporate/commercial department of Ireland’s...

Harry joined Anderson Creagh Lai after working in the corporate/commercial department of Ireland’s leading law firm. He completed his legal studies in the United Kingdom and is currently working towards gaining his vocational qualifications in New Zealand. Harry currently works in the Corporate team.

P. +64 9 306 5793 E. harry.burbidge@acllaw.co.nz
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Paul Money

Senior 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 joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2018 as CEO. A chartered accountant by profession, he brings e...

Kevin joined Anderson Creagh Lai in 2018 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, 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.

M. +64 21 312 311
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Jacqui McLeod

Operations Manager

Jacqui has been with Anderson Creagh Lai since 2006 and in 2020 became our Operations Manager. With...

Jacqui has been with Anderson Creagh Lai since 2006 and in 2020 became our Operations Manager. With over 20 years' experience in legal administration she brings extensive law firm knowledge and experience. Jacqui is an invaluable member of the team taking care of the planning, logistics and coordination of our business, ensuring that our day-to-day operation runs smoothly.

P. + 64 9 306 5886 M. +64 21 611 355 E. Jacqui.McLeod@acllaw.co.nz
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Judy Cattley

Accountant

Judy joined Anderson Creagh Lai in September 2011 as our Accountant. Prior to this she worked in a...

Judy joined Anderson Creagh Lai in September 2011 as our Accountant. Prior to this she worked in a variety of small and medium sized companies in NZ as a Management Accountant. She brings a wealth of experience in accounting and business. If Judy is not in the office she can be found on a tennis court, or out walking the dog. She also loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.

P. +64 9 306 5891 E. judy.cattley@acllaw.co.nz
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