Chapman Tripp is the only New Zealand law firm with a dedicated international arbitration and trade law practice. The firm made a strategic decision to grow its international arbitration practice and retained world-class expertise with the return of Daniel Kalderimis to Chapman Tripp in 2009. Chapman Tripp’s international arbitration team are now successfully competing in the Asia Pacific market, and demonstrating that it is possible to run a vibrant international arbitration practice from New Zealand.
Chapman Tripp is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most highly regarded law firms, with 53 partners and over 165 legal staff across three offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The firm has long been acknowledged internationally as having one of New Zealand’s most distinguished litigation and dispute resolution practices. Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific all rank Chapman Tripp as a‘Band 1’or ‘first tier’ firm in dispute resolution. Chapman Tripp was also named New Zealand Law Firm of the Year at the IFLR Asia Awards in 2015 and 2016, and at the Chamber Asia Pacific Awards 2014 and 2015.
Arbitration in New Zealand, as elsewhere, has over the last decade become the preferred dispute resolution mechanism across many industry sectors including energy, telecommunications, agribusiness, technology and construction. Chapman Tripp’s dispute resolution experts have acted on some of New Zealand’s largest arbitrations. As noted above, the firm made a strategic decision to grow its international arbitration practice as the New Zealand Government pursued trade and investment relationships with international partners, and correspondingly, as New Zealand’s largest commercial transactions have increasingly involved foreign-owned entities.
Chapman Tripp now provides an integrated legal service for investors from Asia, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands. The international arbitration team focuses particularly on the needs of the Asia-Pacific region and has worked on a variety of cross-border disputes involving corporate governance, fraud, oil and resource projects, technology and telecommunications, private equity and institutional investment. The team is experienced in conducting arbitrations under all major arbitral institutions and rules, including LCIA, ICC, SCC, SIAC and the UNCITRAL Rules. Firm partners also sit as arbitrators.
Prior to his return to New Zealand and to Chapman Tripp in 2009, Daniel Kalderimis spent several years in London and New York, where he was a senior associate in the leading international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Under Daniel’s leadership, Chapman Tripp has enhanced its status as the ‘go to’ firm for international arbitration issues in New Zealand. In 2012, Daniel acted as co-counsel with international law firm Salans, to secure a successful decision in the first ever bilateral investment treaty arbitration hearing held in New Zealand.
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