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Barney Cumberland

BA LLB(Hons)

Auckland

P+64 9 977 5155

M+64 21 497 462

Barney Cumberland

Barney has significant experience across all aspects of New Zealand's domestic and international tax law.

Barney advises clients on a wide range of investment and finance transactions, both domestic and cross-border. He also assists clients with tax disputes and litigation.

  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Tax 2018 - Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Tax 2018 - LeadingLawyer
  • Asialaw Leading Lawyers Guide Tax 2018 - Leading Lawyer
  • The Tax Directors Handbook 2014 - Recommended Lawyer
  • The International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers 2014 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Tamaki Redevelopment Company Ltd (TRC) – principal tax adviser to TRC on structuring and tax issues since its incorporation
  • Accident Compensation Corporation – advised ACC on its part acquisition of Kiwibank from New Zealand Post
  • United States Department of Justice – instructed as an expert witness in relation to New Zealand aspects of a significant tax case between the US Government and a large US multi-national
  • DB Breweries – advised DB on the 2016 acquisition of Tuatara
  • DNV GL Group – advised DNV, the world's largest maritime registration and classification body, on the 2016 restructure of its New Zealand operations 
  • Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Incorporated – advice in relation to the structuring and establishment of a new tribal housing entity
  • Archer Capital – advised on acquisition of Aspire2 group 
  • CHAMP Ventures – advised on acquisition of MacPac 
  • Graymont – advised on acquisition of Holcim's New Zealand lime assets and ongoing tax advice  
  • Christchurch City Council – advice on restructuring ownership of its social housing stock 
  • McGrathNicol – advised on tax aspects of the long-running HIH Insurance liquidation 
  • Emulex, Inc – advised on the restructuring of New Zealand operations  
  • nib Holdings – advised on acquisition of Tower Medical Insurance and ongoing tax advice  
  • Trust House – advice on tax and regulatory issues concerning its social housing arrangements 
  • Solid Energy – advised on tax aspects of debt restructuring and asset divestment programme 
  • Auckland City Council, Auckland Transition Agency, and Auckland Council – advised on tax aspects of the integration of Auckland into a "supercity" (particularly in relation to financing arrangements), and ongoing tax advice to the amalgamated Auckland Council 
  • KordaMentha – advised on tax aspects of the receivership and liquidation of Hirequip Group

Other Credentials

  • New Zealand Law Society Tax Law Committee - Member
  • International Fiscal Association (New Zealand branch) - Member
  • International Bar Association Tax Law Committee - Member
  • Inaugural Future Auckland Leadership Programme run by The Committee for Auckland in 2004-2005 - Participant
  • Bloomberg BNA Indirect Tax (VAT/GST) Navigator 2014-2016 (New Zealand chapter) - Contributor
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law LexisNexis Foreign Tax and Trade Briefs (New Zealand tax chapter, 2011-2017) - Contributor