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Gilligan Rowe & Associates

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Gilligan Rowe and Associates is a chartered accounting firm specialising in property, asset planning, legal structures, taxation and compliance.

We help new, small and medium property investors become long-term successful investors through our education programmes and property portfolio planning advice. With our deep knowledge and experience, we have assisted hundreds of clients build wealth through property investment.

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Management team

Matthew Gilligan

Matthew Gilligan CA
Managing Director/Partner

Matthew is a chartered accountant, and has been practising since 1992. 

As the Managing Director of Gilligan Rowe and Associates, Matthew works alongside partners John Rowe and Salesh Chand to assist the practice’s clients.

In particular, Matthew heads GRA's specialist property planning division, helping clients create optimal tax structures and build wealth through property.  

A leader in the strategic arena, Matthew is also an active and seasoned property investor with deep knowledge of the property market, investing for over 20 years in Australia, United States and New Zealand property. 

A great believer in education and sharing knowledge, Matthew is a well-known speaker on asset planning and property matters. He regularly presents at seminars, including GRA's Property School, and also speaks to various groups such as property investor associations, chambers of commerce, retailers' associations, and builders' associations.   

As part of his commitment to education and helping people prosper, Matthew has written two books, Tax Structures 101 and Property 101, and writes a regular blog to keep readers up to date with issues affecting New Zealanders who have a goal to be financially successful.

Email Matthew personally at
[email protected]
or call +64 9 522 7955.

Read Matthew's Blog  

John Rowe

John Rowe CA

John is a GRA Director & shareholder and leads the Business Services Advisory Team.

In addition to managing the delivery of advisory and accounting services to a large diverse client base, John specialises in providing litigation support including valuation, loss assessment, financial investigations and relationship property matters.

John has been appointed by both the High and Family Courts as an investigating accountant pursuant to section 38 of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976.

But it's John's commitment to providing clients with a high level of service that makes the difference. John's leadership and rare 'stewardship' approach to his team means that their dedication is felt by clients.

John regularly presents to property groups, business owners, trade associations and national business development organisations.

Prior to joining Gilligan Rowe & Associates, John worked in a specialist litigation support and valuation practice, assisting high net worth individuals and publicly listed companies with new business set ups, expansions, profit improvement, compliance, tax advice and internal management. The knowledge and experience gained from this is invaluable in assisting GRA clients.

Additionally, John's blogs and articles will keep you up to date and informed on a range of issues relating to business accounting.

Email John personally at
[email protected]
or call +64 9 522 7955.

Read John's Blog  

Salesh Chand

Salesh Chand CA

Salesh Chand is a chartered accountant and is a Business Advisory Director and partner at GRA. 

Salesh leads a team of senior chartered accountants that specialises in preparing financials and tax returns.

His areas of expertise are accounting, business structures, tax planning, and insolvency issues. 

He believes in providing excellent client service and responds to any issues within 24 hours. His clients find him easy to deal with and enjoy the new ideas he brings to them.

Salesh is also a successful property investor. He runs his own property portfolio and is currently expanding it by purchasing more properties in the New Zealand market.

Salesh has comprehensive property knowledge and will always give you great hints or ideas as to where to invest.

Salesh focuses on a balance of cash flow and capital growth, and treats properties as a long-term investment venture.

He believes that property investment is the best and safest method of creating passive income.

Further, he strongly believes in protecting these assets by using the right business structure.

Email Salesh personally at
[email protected]
or call +64 9 522 7955.

Read Salesh's Blog  

Anthony Lipscombe

Anthony Lipscombe BCom LLB

Anthony is the holder of commerce and law degrees, has been admitted to the Bar and is a qualified chartered accountant.

Anthony has been with Gilligan Rowe & Associates since 2003 and has over 20 years' experience advising on all manner of tax and legal issues.

As Head of Tax, he provides asset planning and tax advice to GRA's clients, covering the following areas amongst others:

• Income tax and GST implications of investing in, dealing in or developing property
• Tax residency both incoming and outgoing
• Cross border investment both inbound and outbound
• Establishment of trusts and companies
• Review of existing business and investment structures
• Dealing with IRD disputes and audits
• Establishment of new business structures, including joint ventures
• General income tax issues applicable to individuals, companies and trusts
• Application of the LTC regime
• Implications of the bright-line rule

Anthony's clients range from "mums and dads" with a home they want to protect for themselves and their family, to business owners and investors with more sophisticated affairs requiring a holistic approach that takes into consideration estate and relationship property issues, residential care subsidy rules, company and insolvency law, gifting, as well as asset protection and tax.

Email Anthony personally at
[email protected]
or call +64 9 522 7955.

Read Anthony's Blog  

John Heaslip

John Heaslip MCom FIPA
Business Advisory Director

John is a Business Advisory Director and leads a dedicated team providing high-quality accounting, tax and business advisory services.

John’s approach is hands-on, offering a true, trusted adviser service, surpassing the expected general tax compliance role.

John draws from a wealth of knowledge, with more than 25 years' international experience in commercial and public practice.

John's experience includes eight years running his own practice in Australia, as well as general management roles in medium sized service-based industries in both Asia and Australia.

John works closely with his clients, which include a variety of small to medium enterprises, and can be trusted to provide in-depth knowledge of taxation and GST issues coupled with financial management expertise.

Email John personally at
[email protected]
or call +64 9 522 7955.

Read John's Blog  

Anthony Strevens

Anthony Strevens CA
Business Advisory Director

Anthony is a Business Advisory Director and a qualified chartered accountant. He heads a team of senior accountants within GRA, providing general compliance and tax services to a large range of clients.

Anthony’s areas of expertise include tax planning, business advice, property taxation and general structuring advice.

Anthony is known to his clients for his top drawer customer service and results-driven focus.

Anthony has worked as an accountant in both rural and urban settings, allowing him to understand the different needs associated with his clients’ environments.

Anthony enjoys working with clients in a range of industries from agriculture to construction to value-added exports, from well-established large businesses to small start-ups.

His experience providing advice across different industries helps his clients to initiate and implement new ideas and achieve their goals. Anthony has a keen interest in the property market and assists his clients to establish robust property portfolios to maximise their wealth.

Email Anthony personally at
[email protected]
or call +64 9 522 7955.

Read Anthony's Blog  

Anna Loginova

Anna Loginova CA
Client Services Manager

Anna is qualified chartered accountant, with a double major in Finance and Accounting from AUT in Auckland. Being born in the Far East of Russia, she came to New Zealand straight after finishing high school and completed her tertiary qualifications here.

Anna heads a team of senior accountants at GRA, providing accounting, tax and business advisory services. Since 2006 she has been working in public practice with broad range of clients, including high net worth individuals, property investors and property developers, as well as small to well-established businesses. Her attention to detail means her clients are in very safe hands.

Anna is focused on building long-term, trust-based relationships with clients, where they can raise any questions or concerns with her at any time. She is committed to supporting her clients’ financial goals with integrity and her in-depth knowledge as a tax adviser.

Email Anna personally at
[email protected]
or call +64 9 522 7955.

Read Anna's Blog  

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