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Tompkins Wake welcomes new partner

Tompkins Wake welcomes new partner

Tompkins Wake welcomes new partner

Monday 11 March, 2019

New partner Campbell Izzard has joined Tompkins Wake’s Auckland team this month.

Campbell’s career to date has a distinctly international flavour. Originally from the Waikato, Campbell spent two years after finishing secondary school in the mid-1990s learning Mandarin at a language university in Beijing.  That would be the catalyst for spending much of his legal career practising internationally.

After returning from language training, Campbell obtained his LLB from Victoria University of Wellington before returning to China and beginning his career with Australian firm Allens in their Shanghai office. He then spent three years with Allens in Sydney in their M&A, capital markets and funds management team before returning to Shanghai in 2008. 

From there, Campbell joined the Shanghai office of Clifford Chance where he spent eight years working on some of the largest cross-border investment projects undertaken by US and European multinational organisations in the region at that time.

Upon returning to New Zealand in 2017, Campbell joined a commercial law firm in Auckland as a partner and was appointed as a beachheads advisor to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise with a special focus on China related investments and business strategies.

Now at Tompkins Wake, Campbell’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial law including mergers, acquisitions and disposals, private equity and funds, foreign direct investments, China market entry strategies, trusts structuring, e-commerce and distribution arrangements, across a broad range of industries.

When asked what attracted him to Tompkins Wake, Campbell said “I was really impressed with the depth of talent and breadth of expertise right across the offices and with how connected they are.  Being genuinely collaborative rather than just paying that phrase lip service really appealed.”

Tompkins Wake chief executive Jon Calder said the firm’s client base is full of growing businesses that are increasing their international exposure.

“Campbell’s experience negotiating and executing international transactions, particularly in China and throughout Asia, provides a level of specialised insight that is not always available to New Zealand businesses from the law firms they appoint.”

Campbell has three sons, two of which attend Remuera Primary School where Campbell is both on the school’s board of trustees and development trust. Coaching football, scoring cricket matches and running children between sports practises, drum lessons and karate class, mean Campbell and his wife Nics spend what time they can entertaining friends and enjoying New Zealand food and wine, while very occasionally getting a chance to go sailing or spearfishing.

Campbell also holds a Master of International Law from the University of Sydney and he continues to be admitted in both jurisdictions, New Zealand (2002) and New South Wales (2005).