Risky Business

Minimising your risk profile and protecting your

business when disputes arise overseas

Date: Wednesday 16th August
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
(Drinks and canapés from 4pm onwards)
Physical Venue: The ADR Centre, Level 2, 129 Hurstmere Road Takapuna, 0622

This is a hybrid event – you can choose to attend in person, or via webinar

About this event:

The world is well and truly open for NZ businesses again. Airlines are returning to New Zealand and supply chain issues have largely been resolved. Globalisation, remote working and free trade agreements including the NZ-UK and NZ-EU FTAs make overseas expansion an attractive prospect for Kiwi businesses.

As you expand your business footprint, it’s important to protect your business by minimising risk and ensuring you are protected when disputes arise.

In this seminar, you will hear from subject matter experts who will address the key issues your business needs to consider in order to minimise your risk profile.

This event will be invaluable for anyone who does business across borders and wants to know how they can protect their investment.


  • Participants will gain an understanding of:
    • Dispute resolution clauses and how they can protect you when things go wrong.
    • Why New Zealand is a good forum for dispute resolution.
    • An overview of enforcement options and strategies in NZ and the region.
    • Risk management tools in disputes.

About the Presenters:

Stephen Keen, Partner, Grant Thornton, Financial Advisory Services

Stephen specialises in situations involving insolvency and asset recovery, businesses suffering financial stress or cashflow pressures, litigation/mediation support roles or wherever parties are in dispute and require independent and objective financial advice to achieve resolution. Stephen particularly enjoys working with stakeholders and their legal teams to formulate claims in order to achieve financial recoveries.

Stephen’s career, spanning the United Kingdom and New Zealand, has seen him lead investigations and recovery engagements in the UK, Europe, various offshore financial centres, Russia and the CIS, Africa, USA, the Middle East and across the South Pacific.

    David Campbell, Partner, Dentons Kensington Swan

    David is a disputes resolution lawyer with 30 years of experience in commercial and civil litigation. He specialises in competition law, product liability, trade practices, pharmaceuticals, and liability insurance.

    David has successfully run major multi-party litigation including class actions. Recent matters include acting in New Zealand litigation which has been part of wider litigation in the US and UK involving global product liability claims, European trust disputes, international cartels, and multi-jurisdiction acquisitions.

    Gracey Campbell, Investment Manager, Omni Bridgeway

    Gracey Campbell is an Investment Manager based in the Auckland office of Omni Bridgeway, with responsibility for due diligence and managing funded cases. Omni Bridgeway is a global leader in dispute finance, financing disputes from inception through trial, appeal, enforcement and recovery. It has a highly experienced team of 185+ specialists in law, intelligence and finance with expertise in civil and common law legal and recovery systems. Omni Bridgeway works with individual claimants, law firms, corporations, sovereigns and multilateral institutions. The team assesses investments and enforcement opportunities arising in nearly every region, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, the UK and the US.

    Prior to joining Omni Bridgeway, Gracey was a Senior Associate in the restructuring and insolvency team (dispute resolution group) at leading global law firm, King & Wood Mallesons. She was also previously a Senior Solicitor at premier New Zealand law firm and Crown Solicitor Office for Auckland, Meredith Connell, where she practised in the insolvency and regulatory team and as a Crown prosecutor. She has acted for a range of clients and appeared as Counsel in proceedings at first instance and appellate level, including the High Court and Court of Appeal of New Zealand. Gracey has also worked as an in-house Corporate Lawyer at the Bank of New Zealand managing significant litigation matters.

    Gracey holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Otago, New Zealand and a Graduate Diploma in Arts from Massey University, New Zealand. She is a Member of the Institute of Directors and a Certified Member of INFINZ.

      Lauren Lindsay, Barrister, Arbitrator, Bankside Chambers

      Lauren is a commercial litigator and international arbitration lawyer based in the Asia Pacific region. Lauren is dual-qualified in law and science, with particular expertise in cross-disputes arising in the life sciences, insurance, ICT and renewables sectors.

      In the context of providing investment treaty advice or ongoing investment treaty claims, she has experience in advising clients on how to mitigate business risk. She was closely involved in advising several clients during the Arab Spring of the early 2010s, including the impact of those events on contractual obligations.

      Lauren is admitted to practise in New Zealand and England & Wales. She is ranked in several directories for dispute resolution, including Chambers & Partners and Who’s Who Legal. Lauren is a Fellow of CIArb, ACICA and AMINZ. She previously spent over seven years with a global law firm’s international arbitration group in London.

        Catherine Green

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        Catherine has her own private practice as an arbitrator, adjudicator, and mediator taking appointments with respect to both commercial and construction disputes. She is also the Executive Director of the New Zealand International Arbitration Centre (NZIAC) as well as its related domestic registry services which cover a full spectrum of commercial, building and construction, and family and relationship disputes.

        Prior to specialising in the design and delivery of private dispute resolution processes, Catherine practised as a commercial litigator both onshore and offshore in New Zealand, London, and the Cayman Islands, gaining extensive experience in a wide range of matters, involving fraud, insolvency, contractual, financial services, tax avoidance and regulatory issues.



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