The 2016 New Zealand Power Lawyer List . .

48. Kevin Jaffe

Kevin Jaffe, Chairman of Simpson Grierson since 2009, Kevin Jaffe has achieved

Kevin Jaffe
Kevin Jaffe

considerable rankings internationally for his M&A and corporate law work via various publications, including Chambers Global Corporate Commercial listings, the IFLR1000 M&A list and others, but he has also shown himself to be an astute law firm manager and one who has helped position Simpson Grierson as a firm that is thrusting its developing power and influence at the Holy Legal Trinity of Chapman Tripp, Russell McVeagh and Bell Gully.

He has helped cement the firm’s position as a major player in public and commercial law, providing innovation on service pricing in the face of increased competition from in-house law teams,  hiring former Health Minister Tony Ryall (a non-lawyer) last November to head the firm’s public policy practice as well as placing the firm at the forefront of diversity, being first to receive the gay-friendly Rainbow Tick.

Holding a post-graduate degree from Oxford, Jaffe has been with the firm since 1986 and handled major deals including Solid Energy, including the recent sale of the Solid Energy Mines in 2016 and Mediaworks’ restructuring among others.

He has acted on a wide range of deals ranging from Solid Energy’s restructuring in 2013, Mediaworks restructuring and many others.

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