Leading law firm takes top tech accolade at New Zealand Law Awards

Innovative law firm, MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ took home the top technology and media award at the highly contested New Zealand Law Awards last night.

At the prestigious annual industry awards, the top tier firm was awarded the Consumer Media and Tech Deal of the Year for acting on New Zealand’s first telecommunications network sharing arrangement.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts Chair, Lloyd Kavanagh is pleased with the industry’s recognition of the firm’s commercial acumen and expertise in delivering excellent outcomes for its clients.

For this unprecedented deal, Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees joined together to establish the country’s first network sharing arrangement,” says Lloyd Kavanagh.

“Corporate partners Cathy Quinn and Tom Maasland took an innovative approach to overcome the complexities of advising three businesses who in all other respects are competitors.

“I’m very proud of our exceptional team and the work they do for New Zealand’s leading businesses.”

Congratulations to Fonterra’s Director of Legal, Andrew Cordner on being named MinterEllisonRuddWatts In-house Lawyer of the Year.

“Fonterra is New Zealand’s leading exporter and has built an excellent reputation around the world for high quality dairy products,” says Lloyd Kavanagh.

“Andrew has been part of Fonterra’s success for more than 10 years, managing the co-operative’s legal risks locally and overseas. His understanding of Fonterra’s business and the wider dairy industry, combined with excellent commercial and legal judgement makes him stand-out in this vital in-house role.”

The New Zealand Law Awards celebrate excellence within the legal profession, recognising outstanding achievements advising on the country’s largest and most complex deals, commitment to delivering excellent client service, and the country’s leading legal expertise.

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