Chapman Tripp announces three new partners

The appointments of Lauren Curtayne, Tessa Baker and Nick Letham are internal promotions.
Lauren Curtayne, corporate and commercial partner in Auckland

Chapman Tripp has announced the appointment of three new partners in its Auckland and Christchurch offices, effective December 1, subject to meeting Law Society requirements.

Chapman Tripp chief executive partner (Hoa Rangapū Whakarae) Nick Wells said the trio, “all have a long-standing length of service at the firm and bring in-depth knowledge and expertise to their fields, as well as contemporary outlooks on the growing sectors they specialise in.”

In the Auckland office, Lauren Curtayne becomes a corporate and commercial partner and Tessa Baker is a new property and real estate partner.
In the Christchurch office, Nick Letham will be a corporate and commercial partner.

Lauren Curtayne – Corporate and commercial
Curtayne, who first started with the firm in 2008, is a major projects and commercial lawyer with an emphasis on energy, technology and infrastructure. She previously worked for UK ‘magic circle’ law firm Allen & Overy, in its Abu Dhabi projects team. Curtayne advises on the development of a wide range of major projects, including power, gas, solar and infrastructure projects, together with general commercial, regulatory and consumer law issues. She has experience and particular interest in renewable projects and emerging technology.

Tessa Baker, Property and real estate
Tessa Baker – Property and real estate, in the Auckland office

Tessa Baker has been with the firm since she started her legal career as a law clerk in 2006. She brings her years of experience at the firm and a strong focus in overseas investment in New Zealand. She specialises in commercial property law, advising on a range of property acquisition, management and disposal activities with specialised expertise in New Zealand’s overseas investment regime. She is experienced in substantial and complex commercial property transactions, build and lease contracts for industrial and commercial projects, residential development, project development, due diligence, commercial conveyancing, property finance project agreements and supporting property interests for infrastructure projects.

Nick Letham, Christchurch, Chapman Tripp
Nick Letham, corporate and commercial partner, Christchurch

In Christchurch, Nick Letham, corporate and commercial, has been with the firm for 12 years after starting as a law clerk in 2007. Letham will continue to specialise in retirement village and aged care and the agribusiness sectors.
He specialises in corporate and commercial law, with a particular interest in mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate governance. Advising across a range of industries, he has developed particular expertise in the retirement village and aged care sectors, and agribusiness in both New Zealand and Australia. Nick also advises on joint ventures, supply and distribution contracts and other commercial arrangements.

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