John Strowger, Chapman Tripp partner has been a leading commercial lawyer and at the vanguard of New Zealand’s developing investment industry, helping the law firm co-ordinate its China practice as well as playing a role with the FMA since his appointment to its board in 2012.
Consistently achieving top rankings from major legal publications like Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, the Asia Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR 1000, he is internationally regarded as a leading equity and investment lawyer, as well as for his abilities in M&A work.
He has also achieved “star” ranking in the Chambers Global for 2013-2015 and Deal Maker of the Year for the 2015 Australasian Law Awards.
However, awards aside, the practice developed by John Strowger is impressive. His array of deals ranging from the sale of Carter Holt’s pulp and paper division to Japanese Oji Holdings for over $1 billion in 2014 to the purchase of five local shopping centres by Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC Real Estate for $1 billion in November 2014 demonstrate his wide ranging and heavy hitting legal prowess in major investment and M&A deals.
In October 2016 he also advised Waterman Capital on its investment in the successful My Food Bag company, which has grown to provide over a million means a month in New Zealand and is poised for further significant growth.
In September 2017 he advised WSP Global’s subsidiary (WSP NZ Acquisition Limited) on the Opus takeover.
A keen music fan and concert goer, John Strowger reportedly a regular at Music Month shows at Ponsonby’s Whisky Bar.