Tompkins Wake assists Floating Rock Studio
Wednesday 24 August, 2022
Tompkins Wake is pleased to have prepared the investment documentation for Floating Rock Studios and Hillfarrance Venture Capital on Hillfarrance’s investment in Floating Rock. Floating Rock is a high-end animation and visual effects provider, founded by some of the top talent at Weta Digital.
New chair strengthens Tompkins Wake’s diverse team
Tuesday 23 August, 2022
The appointment of a new chair at Tompkins Wake is strengthening its already diverse team as the firm positions itself for further growth. (Joeli) Scott Ratuki has taken over the reins as chair of the firm’s board from his predecessor Peter Fanning.
Tompkins Wake announced an excellence awardee for the NZ Law Awards
Friday 19 August, 2022
The New Zealand Law Awards is about acknowledging legal excellence, recognising the best firms, in-house legal teams, practitioners, and leaders, and celebrating outstanding legal work.
Tompkins Wake advises property tech startup on acquisition by global player
Wednesday 20 July, 2022
Tompkins Wake is pleased to have advised Property Suite on its recent acquisition by MRI Software. Founded in 2007, Property Suite is a well-known player in the New Zealand property tech market.
Tompkins Wake gifts $250,000 to the Waikato Regional Theatre
Wednesday 22 June, 2022
Tompkins Wake is gifting $250,000 to support the development of the Waikato Regional Theatre to help boost the region’s economy and create a space where culture and communities can thrive. The announcement comes as the law firm celebrates its 100th birthday this month and recognises the importance of its Waikato heritage.
Tompkins Wake advises Raglan Food Co on private equity investment
Wednesday 6 April, 2022
Tompkins Wake is pleased to have recently advised Raglan Food Co on a significant investment by private equity firm Pioneer Capital. The plant-based food manufacturer started life as Raglan Coconut yoghurt, with its founders producing coconut yoghurt in their home kitchen in 2014.
New Partner's success proves he's wired for litigation
Monday 4 April, 2022
Wayne Hofer has been invited to join the partnership at Tompkins Wake. Within an award-winning law firm, that’s a significant achievement. Right from the start of his law studies, Wayne knew what he wanted to do: argue. That, combined with a strong sense of justice, meant Wayne is a born litigator.
From summer intern to Tompkins Wake Partner
Monday 4 April, 2022
Tompkins Wake is about to reach 100 years of legal practice. Think about that number. One hundred years of sustained excellence and unbroken trust with clients. To maintain this succession, Tompkins Wake have continually attracted the right people and elevated them to the most senior positions. People like Karina McLuskie.
Supportive team culture lures new Partner to join the firm
Monday 4 April, 2022
When people make partner in a law firm, the near-universal response is one of congratulations. In being named partner at Tompkins Wake, Daniel Erickson has had his fair share of that. But he has also fielded questions. Like, “Why?” Reasons for the enquiry are simple. In joining Tompkins Wake, Daniel is leaving the practice he helped establish in 20...
Tompkins Wake appoints three new Partners
Monday 4 April, 2022
Leading law firm Tompkins Wake is pleased to announce the appointment of three new partners: Daniel Erickson, Wayne Hofer and Karina McLuskie. Daniel joins the Auckland office of Tompkins Wake from the firm he helped establish, Douglas Erickson.
Tompkins Wake acts on capital raise for global leader
Wednesday 2 March, 2022
Tompkins Wake is pleased to have acted for Optimal Workshop in its $10m capital raise from Pioneer Capital, a New Zealand private equity firm. Optimal Workshop is a world leader in digital user experience design and software, responsible for groundbreaking tools and developments in the fields of information architecture and user experience.
Tompkins Wake advises Vesper Marine on its sale to Garmin
Thursday 10 February, 2022
Tompkins Wake is pleased to have acted for Vesper Marine in its acquisition by NYSE listed multinational technology group Garmin International. Vesper Marine is an industry leading provider of marine communication equipment and services with its headquarters in Auckland.
Tompkins Wake named a leading law firm in Asia Pacific
Wednesday 26 January, 2022
Tompkins Wake has been recognised as a leading law firm in the Asia Pacific region for a fifth consecutive year by the independent global directory The Legal 500. The firm is ranked among New Zealand's best in 5 key practice areas in the 2022 edition of the guide, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Projects and Resources Management (includi...
Tompkins Wake assists billion-dollar development to proceed
Tuesday 21 December, 2021
Tompkins Wake is proud to have assisted Waikato District Council in reaching agreement with Waikato Regional Council, Waka Kotahi and Ambury Properties Limited (APL) to allow the billion-dollar Sleepyhead development in Ōhinewai to go ahead, subject to final approval by the Environment Court.
Tompkins Wake invests in leading governance consultancy
Tuesday 23 November, 2021
Tompkins Wake has purchased a 50 per cent stake in Board Dynamics, enabling the duo to enhance its current offering to companies wanting professional expertise to protect their businesses during unprecedented times.
Tompkins Wake a triple winner at the 2021 NZ Law Awards
Friday 19 November, 2021
Tompkins Wake was named a triple winner at the 2021 New Zealand Law Awards, taking out two of the highly contested top awards, Mid-Size Law Firm of the Year and Employer of Choice. 2021 marks the third year in a row that Tompkins Wake has been recognised as Law Firm of the Year, and the second year in a row that the firm has been named Employer of ...
New Property Partner and team support Tompkins Wake growth in Rotorua
Thursday 4 November, 2021
Tompkins Wake is pleased to welcome prominent Rotorua lawyer Catriona Gordon, as we continue to grow and expand our reach in Rotorua and across the wider Bay of Plenty. The lifestyle attraction driving population growth in Rotorua has been the impetus for Tompkins Wake’s business growth in the region of 30 percent over the last three years, accordi...
Tompkins Wake assists in acquisition of NZ import business
Thursday 14 October, 2021
Tompkins Wake is pleased to have acted for IBC Japan and its subsidiary ATNZ 2000 Limited in the recent and successful acquisition of the business of Autoterminal NZ. IBC Japan is the world's leading exporter of used cars from Japan, Singapore, the UK, and Thailand and has been exporting used cars into New Zealand for over 30 years.
Tompkins Wake welcomes new Special Counsel
Monday 4 October, 2021
Tompkins Wake is delighted to welcome Linda O'Reilly, who joins us as Special Counsel with over 42 years’ experience in public law and public sector management. A highly experienced and well-respected practitioner with extensive knowledge in the Local Government Act, Linda is a principal author of the commentary on the LGA in Thomson Reuters’ Local...
Tompkins Wake announces new Partner appointment
Friday 1 October, 2021
Tompkins Wake is delighted to welcome Commercial and Civil litigation specialist Chen Jiang to the firm as a Partner effective 1 October 2021. Based in the firm's Auckland office, Chen joins the firm's Dispute Resolution and Litigation practice bringing with him a proven reputation as a lawyer with an unwavering focus on people and the law who draw...
Tompkins Wake acts for Yabble on $3.2m bridge round
Thursday 9 September, 2021
Tompkins Wake is pleased to have acted for Yabble on its recent successful and over subscribed $3.2m bridge round, including strategy, structure and process. The round was led by Hillfarrance Venture Capital and completed by existing shareholders in Yabble.
Tompkins Wake multiple excellence awardee and finalist
Thursday 26 August, 2021
Tompkins Wake has been named as an excellence awardee and finalist in four categories in this year’s New Zealand Law Awards, including the coveted Mid-Size Law Firm of the Year and Employer of Choice along with two deal of the year nominations.
Tompkins Wake assists global tech entrepreneur in fund establishment
Tuesday 10 August, 2021
Tompkins Wake has assisted global tech entrepreneur Mark Bregman in the establishment of Quidnet Ventures, an early-stage New Zealand based fund to support innovative New Zealand companies and accelerate New Zealand's emergence as a global innovation powerhouse.
Tompkins Wake assists on $59m acquisition of East Imperial
Thursday 8 July, 2021
Tompkins Wake has been delighted to work alongside fellow Multilaw firm Shakespeare Martineau on the acquisition by Bermele Plc (conditional on shareholder approval) of New Zealand company East Imperial, a premium mixer business, and the reverse listing of East Imperial on the London Stock Exchange.
Law firm leaving rivals in its Wake
Tuesday 6 July, 2021
There's "no prize in size" says Jon Calder, chief executive of one of New Zealand's fastest-growing law firms, Waikato's Tompkins Wake.
It's not that Calder, a non-lawyer named "managing partner of the year" in 2019 and 2020 at the NZ Law Awards, isn't proud of the firm's explosive growth in the past five years. He's just making the point it isn't...
Tompkins Wake CEO named Influential Changemaker
Wednesday 23 June, 2021
Congratulations to Tompkins Wake Chief Executive Jon Calder for being named as a Changemaker in the 2021 NZ Lawyer Influential Lawyers List. Jon has been leading the firm as Chief Executive since 2016, building on our strong foundations and success to guide the firm in its growth as a nationally recognised and leading law firm with Tompkins Wake be...
Tompkins Wake announces three senior promotions
Thursday 27 May, 2021
Tompkins Wake is pleased to announce the promotion of 3 legal specialists across our Auckland and Hamilton offices. Damandeep Sadhra, Jacinda May and Wendy Embling have been promoted to Senior Associate within our dispute resolution, commercial property and environmental and resource management practice areas.
Tompkins Wake assists Eden Park with SIX60 concert
Monday 17 May, 2021
Tompkins Wake was delighted to assist The Eden Park Trust with negotiations and drafting of the Venue Hire Agreement for the first-ever concert held at Eden Park. SIX60 performed to a sold-out crowd of 50,000 concert goers with Sir Dave Dobbyn as part of the support artist roster.
Office expansions, recruitment drive & awards
Thursday 11 March, 2021
Jon Calder was watching the livestream of the NZ Law Awards in his Hamilton East home in December, gin in hand. The year prior Tompkins Wake had been named the mid-size Law Firm of the Year and Jon had taken out Managing Partner (Chief Executive) of the Year in the Under 100 Lawyers category.
Tompkins Wake new naming rights sponsor for Rotorua Business Awards
Wednesday 10 March, 2021
Tompkins Wake is thrilled to be the new naming rights sponsor for the Rotorua Business Awards, which celebrate innovation, growth and creativity in the region’s business sector. Tompkins Wake’s four-year sponsorship extends beyond naming rights; the firm will partner with Chamber to deliver services and benefits to the Rotorua business community, a...
Tompkins Wake forms new regional partnership with The Icehouse
Thursday 4 February, 2021
Tompkins Wake are thrilled to announce a regional partnership for the Waikato and Bay of Plenty with The Icehouse, that specialises in business capability building programmes, workshops and coaching & advisory services.
Tompkins Wake takes top awards two years running
Wednesday 16 December, 2020
Tompkins Wake has been named New Zealand mid-size Law Firm of the Year, and chief executive Jon Calder was again named the Managing Partner (Chief Executive) of the Year (<100 lawyers) at the 2020 New Zealand Law Awards. The firm also won Employer of Choice (51 to 100 Lawyers) in a clean sweep of it's nominated categories.
Tompkins Wake joins global elite law network Multilaw
Wednesday 2 December, 2020
Tompkins Wake has been accepted as the New Zealand member of the elite global law network Multilaw following the firm’s merger with Lowndes in September 2020. Membership of the 100-country network with more than 10,000 lawyers provides Tompkins Wake clients' access to expert international legal advice and support
Tompkins Wake advises on $854m strategic infrastructure sale
Wednesday 30 September, 2020
Tompkins Wake is pleased to have advised the WEL Energy Trust and Waipa Networks on the sale of Ultrafast Fibre Holdings (UFFH) to First State Investments for $854 million.
Tompkins Wake advises on Wirecard sale
Wednesday 16 September, 2020
Tompkins Wake is pleased to have advised McGrathNicol, the administrators of Wirecard NZ, on the sale of Wirecard's New Zealand and Australian operations to ASX-listed Change Financial.
Tompkins Wake promotes Intellectual Property specialist to partner
Wednesday 2 September, 2020
Intellectual Property specialist Shelley Slade-Gully has been promoted to join the Tompkins Wake partnership.
Lowndes team set to join Tompkins Wake
Wednesday 5 August, 2020
Tompkins Wake will welcome three of the team from Lowndes on 1 September 2020. Lowndes founder Mark Lowndes, Director Kerri Dewe, and Associate Reuben Payne will join Tompkins Wake’s Auckland office. Lowndes, an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, said he and his colleagues were excited about merging their practice into Tompkins Wake.
Tompkins Wake named as an employer of choice
Wednesday 22 July, 2020
Leading law firm, Tompkins Wake has been named as a top workplace in the NZ Lawyer Employer of Choice 2020 list. The list recognises legal employers across the country who go beyond industry standards with policies and initiatives to provide their people with a safe and engaging working environment.
The Hillfarrance Scout Fund
Monday 13 July, 2020
Rob called with yet another initiative. “I’m going to launch a Scout Fund in New Zealand” he said. Well that sounds interesting. We have heard a bit about Scouts down here in New Zealand, but Scouts are a dark murky world in Silicon Valley. While aware of Sequoia’s initiative, do you really need to have a Scout program in New Zealand to find the d...
Rich, family-like culture the backbone of Tompkins Wake's COVID-19 response
Tuesday 19 May, 2020
The day New Zealand went into lockdown was the day junior solicitor Josh Nyika had been scheduled to spend working at home. March 25 was meant to have been his ‘test day’, to ensure his technology and systems at home all worked well should the time come for the Tompkins Wake team to be sent into lockdown.
Latest appointments mark 150% growth for Tompkins Wake's Auckland team
Tuesday 12 May, 2020
Tompkins Wake’s Auckland office has this month been bolstered by five new team members, including a new partner. Partner Zandra Wackenier has joined Tompkins Wake along with two members of her team that previously worked with her at Wynyard Wood.
Tompkins Wake again recognised for commitment to innovation
Friday 1 May, 2020
Tompkins Wake has been recognised as being at the forefront of innovation in law for the second year in a row. Tompkins Wake is one of 17 law firms across the country recognised as being at the forefront of innovation by NZ Lawyer.
Tompkins Wake appoints five new lawyers
Tuesday 3 March, 2020
Tompkins Wake has added five new lawyers across three of their four offices, further bolstering the firm’s capability across a broad range of legal sectors. Senior Solicitors Jasmine Findlater and Michelle Urquhart will be based in the Rotorua office, Solicitor Charlotte Lunt, and Associate Wendy Embling in Hamilton, and Senior Associate Juliet Sho...
Tompkins Wake a rising star in Legal 500 rankings
Monday 3 February, 2020
A raft of rankings in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 is yet another feather in Tompkins Wake’s cap. The Hamilton-based law firm gained rankings in six practice areas in The Legal 500 rankings (up on two the year prior) and now has 16 recommended lawyers – seven more than last year. And, it is the only law firm in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty to be ran...
Tompkins Wake announces new Partner appointment
Friday 20 December, 2019
Tompkins Wake is pleased to announce the promotion of Philip Monahan to Partner. The senior corporate lawyer joined Tompkins Wake in 2012 after working in London for magic circle firm, Baker & Mckenzie. Highly experienced in advising domestic and international clients on complex transactions, he is also the driving force behind Tompkins Wake's SME ...
Tompkins Wake a winner at the 2019 NZ Law Awards
Monday 25 November, 2019
Tompkins Wake was named the mid-size Law Firm of the Year at the 2019 NZ Law Awards and chief executive Jon Calder named the Managing Partner of the Year (<100 lawyers).
Tompkins Wake a quadruple finalist in the 2019 NZ Law Awards
Wednesday 2 October, 2019
Tompkins Wake has been shortlisted for four awards at the 2019 New Zealand Law Awards, one more than last year and three more than 2016.
And the firm has been a finalist in ‘Deal of the year’ categories for four years running.
Tompkins Wake advise Maui Milk on Danone supply agreement
Wednesday 21 August, 2019
Tompkins Wake is pleased to have advised Maui Milk on their supply agreement with global food company Danone, a breakthrough deal for the Waikato sheep milk processing industry and New Zealand's emerging sheep dairy industry.
Tompkins Wake a proud sponsor of influential infrastructure symposium
Wednesday 21 August, 2019
Tompkins Wake is proud to be a sponsor of Infrastructure New Zealand’s annual Building Nations Symposium which kicks off in Rotorua today.
It is the country’s largest infrastructure conference with more than 700 delegates attending over three days.
Tompkins Wake assists Zip Co Limited with global expansion
Tuesday 20 August, 2019
Tompkins Wake assisted ASX-listed Zip Co Limited on the New Zealand aspects of their acquisition of global instalment technology platform, PartPay as part of the Australian credit card disruptors global expansion into the United Kingdom, United States, South Africa and New Zealand.
AdviSME launch set to disrupt legal SME industry
Thursday 16 May, 2019
AdviSME is the brainchild of Tompkins Wake. It uses automation and AI to provide innovative and affordable legal solutions for SMEs. Small-medium business needs to be nimble and agile, requiring responsive legal services with certainty and surety on cost and quality.
Tompkins Wake announces the promotion of legal specialists
Friday 10 May, 2019
Tompkins Wake is pleased to announce the promotion of two legal specialists across its Hamilton and Rotorua offices.
Becky Brown is now a senior associate, and Christine Gavin has been promoted to associate.
Tompkins Wake recognised for its commitment to innovation
Wednesday 8 May, 2019
Tompkins Wake has been named as one of 15 New Zealand law firms recognised as being at the forefront of innovation by NZ Lawyer.
The publication made the announcement this week, acknowledging firms that it deemed “not afraid to embrace change and drive the legal profession forward”. After a strategy refresh in 2016, Tompkins Wake embarked on pro...
Senior litigator promoted to Special Counsel
Wednesday 17 April, 2019
Simon’s promotion to Special Counsel reflects the very high standard that his legal skills and knowledge have attained and his commitment to delivering excellent service to his clients, including his internal clients
Tompkins Wake welcomes new partner
Monday 8 April, 2019
Tompkins Wake has welcomed Michael Shanahan to the firm's partnership, with the experienced corporate lawyer joining their Auckland office.
Tompkins Wake CE calls on others to commit to Gender Equality Charter
Friday 29 March, 2019
Tompkins Wake chief executive Jon Calder is calling on other Waikato law firms to support the Law Society’s Gender Equality Charter. At an Institute of Directors lunch earlier this month, Calder spoke about his firm’s commitment to the Charter and the work it is doing to meet the Charter requirements – and issued a challenge.
Tompkins Wake awarded Rainbow Tick
Friday 29 March, 2019
Tompkins Wake is the first Waikato law firm to be awarded the Rainbow Tick – a programme designed to help an organisation ensure it’s a safe and welcoming workplace for all its employees.
Tompkins Wake acts on $50m sheep milk processing plant
Tuesday 12 March, 2019
Tompkins Wake is pleased to have acted for New Zealand Food Innovation (Waikato) Limited (“Food Waikato”), on a $50 million public private joint venture to establish a spray dryer for the value-added sheep milk product sector.
Tompkins Wake advises on $21.4b global biopharma transaction
Friday 8 March, 2019
Tompkins Wake has advised global science and technology innovator Danaher on the New Zealand aspects of its acquisition of the Biopharma business of GE Life Sciences ("GE Biopharma") in a deal valued at $21.4 billion..
Tompkins Wake advises animal genetics disruptor on start-up and capital raise
Monday 21 January, 2019
Tompkins Wake has advised animal genetics disruptor Thermo Regulatory Genetics Limited on their startup structure and initial capital raise as the company looks to globalise the development of thermogenetics in breeding bulls.
Tompkins Wake celebrates CEO of the Year at business awards
Monday 5 November, 2018
Law firm Tompkins Wake’s chief executive Jon Calder was named CEO of the Year at the prestigious Westpac Waikato Business Awards on Friday night.
Jon took up the role at the Hamilton-headquartered firm in January 2016. Prior to that he was chief executive of the New Zealand National Fieldays and Mystery Creek Events Centre. Tompkins Wake is the...
Tompkins Wake triple finalist in the 2018 New Zealand Law Awards
Wednesday 19 September, 2018
Tompkins Wake has been shortlisted for three awards at the 2018 New Zealand Law Awards, recognising the firm's continued excellence and reputation.
Art award winner epitomises contemporary
Monday 6 August, 2018
The winning work from the 2018 National Contemporary Art Award sponsored by Tompkins Wake, is the epitome of contemporary, featuring a structure and appearance that will continue to change with time, along with its meaning.
You and Me. The Weight of History by Rotorua’s Sarah Ziessen was revealed as the major prize winner at the awards ceremony ...
Tompkins Wake strengthens Rotorua team
Thursday 2 August, 2018
Tompkins Wake has strengthened its Rotorua based team with two new lawyers appointed since May to join Partner Kate Sullivan as new faces for the firm in Rotorua.
Tompkins Wake introduces three new lawyers
Thursday 2 August, 2018
Tompkins Wake has appointed three new lawyers as the firm continues to strengthen and grow across its three offices. Chief Executive, Jon Calder, says the firm’s growth, driven by client demand is also underpinned by its ability to continually attract top talent.
Tompkins Wake appoints two new Partners
Monday 2 July, 2018
Leading New Zealand law firm Tompkins Wake continues to genuinely build diversity within its culture with the appointment of its two latest partners.
Tompkins Wake advises on Israeli biotech deal
Wednesday 4 April, 2018
Tompkins Wake advised Israeli Biotech leader Algatechnologies in relation to its investment in Supreme Health believed to be the first biotech deal between New Zealand and Israel.
Tompkins Wake advises on $66.9m food technology sale
Tuesday 27 February, 2018
Tompkins Wake has advised a major shareholder in Hamilton fruit technology manufacturer BBC technologies on the companies sale to Norwegian giant, TOMRA Foods. Led by Partner Phil Taylor the $66.9 million acquisition of BBC Technologies - a family-run producer of sorting and packaging machines for small fruits - was announced to the Oslo stock exch...
Tompkins Wake ranked among the best in Asia Pacific
Monday 11 December, 2017
Tompkins Wake has been ranked among the Asia Pacific region’s best performing law firms in the latest findings of global legal capability researcher The Legal 500, the only law firm in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty to make the list.
Tompkins Wake appoints three new Partners
Friday 1 December, 2017
Tompkins Wake has appointed three new partners as it continues to grow its high level legal work presence in the North Island and its client following.
Tompkins Wake advises Parking Sense on capital raise
Wednesday 11 October, 2017
Tompkins Wake has advised Waikato-based Parking Sense on follow-on capital raising round from existing investors, including significant funding from Movac, New Zealand’s most experienced technology investment firm.
Tompkins Wake double finalist at 2017 New Zealand Law Awards.
Tuesday 5 September, 2017
Tompkins Wake has been shortlisted for two awards at the 2017 New Zealand Law Awards, recognising the firm’s continued excellence and reputation.
Tompkins Wake back MyApiary as winner
Monday 19 June, 2017
The Tompkins Wake IP Strategy & Commercialisation Award is focused on a recipient company, group or individual whose innovation can best benefit from commercialisation strategy and IP advice from one of New Zealand’s leading law firms.
Tompkins Wake appoints new Partner
Thursday 1 June, 2017
Tompkins Wake is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Orme to Partner.
Andrew joined Tompkins Wake in February 2017 and is a property and commercial law specialist based in the firms Rotorua office. Andrew has over 13 years’ experience in private and in-house practice in Wellington, Napier, Christchurch and Toronto.
Driving innovation at grass roots - the Antahi Story
Monday 10 April, 2017
Cambridge-based company, Antahi Innovations Ltd, has gone from strength to strength after winning the Tompkins Wake IP and Commercialisation Award at the NZ Agricultural Fieldays in 2016 which provided commercial and intellectual property advice and support to the innovative start-up.
A new era for Tompkins Wake
Monday 19 September, 2016
Tompkins Wake opens its new office in Rotorua signalling its long-term commitment to the city and region.
Tompkins Wake NZ Law Awards 2016 finalist
Friday 16 September, 2016
Tompkins Wake nominated for mid market deal of the year at the 2016 New Zealand Law Awards
Tompkins Wake acts on 11Ants Analytics sale to Air New Zealand
Thursday 9 April, 2015
Tompkins Wake is pleased to have advised WaikatoLink Limited, the commercial arm of the University of Waikato, on the sale of the business of spinout company 11Ants Analytics to Air New Zealand.
Tompkins Wake advises Ligar on capital raise
Monday 16 February, 2015
Tompkins Wake advised Hamilton-based Ligar, the developer of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for purification and extraction, on its first capital raise; an initial investment from Wallace Corporation.