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Stuart Hutchinson heads the taxation group. He advises on investment into and out of New Zealand, structured financing proposals, acquisitions and divestments, taxation disputes, GST (the New Zealand value-added tax), and accident compensation (the New Zealand compulsory accident insurance scheme).

Stuart has been involved in advising the New Zealand government on its introduction of international trust tax rules, dividend imputation and international tax changes, at both a policy and legislation preparation level.

  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Tax 2014 - Leading Lawyer
  • The International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers 2014 - Leading Lawyer
  • The Tax Directors Handbook 2014 - Recommended Lawyer
  • Chambers Global Tax 2014 - Leading Lawyer
  • PLC Which Lawyer? Tax 2013 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • New Line Cinema - financing structure for The Lord of The Rings trilogy
  • Promina - $2.1 billion Australasian initial public offering
  • Fisher & Paykel Finance - acquisition of Farmers Finance business
  • Toll Holdings - takeover of TranzRail
  • Virgin Blue - entry into the New Zealand market
  • Auckland City Council - restructuring of Britomart Transport Centre
  • United States funds - acquisition of New Zealand forestry assets by Cayman Island entities and on-shore United States entities
  • Australian government - Telstra floats in New Zealand
  • Auckland International Airport - initial public offering
  • New Zealand government - trade sale and global initial public offering of Contact Energy
  • Swift Energy Corporation - acquisition of petroleum assets from Shell New Zealand
  • Sony Music Entertainment and BMG - New Zealand legal and tax implications of joint venture
  • Harvard Management Company, Inc (investment arm of Harvard University) - New Zealand forestry investments
  • Tax audits of New Zealand businesses and high net worth individuals
  • Dispute with Inland Revenue concerning the life insurance rules in the Income Tax Act

Other Credentials

  • Child Cancer Foundation (New Zealand) - Board member
  • International Fiscal Association - Member
  • International Bar Association Committee (Taxation) - Member and former secretary
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association Tax Law Committee - Vice-chair (New Zealand)
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