​Helping to successfully deliver New Zealand’s most complex and innovative infrastructure projects

Our vision is that in 2045 New Zealand’s infrastructure will be resilient and coordinated, and contribute to a strong economy and high living standards” (excerpt from The Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan 2015).

Our multi-disciplinary team brings together project financing, corporate, construction, resource management and other specialists, who are supporting numerous leading domestic and international organisations across the life-cycle of their mission-critical infrastructure projects to collectively achieve the government’s vision.

From energy, oil and gas, water, mining and minerals, telecommunications networks and utilities to transport and social infrastructure we’re the team that leading public and private organisations choose to advise them on their largest infrastructure projects and programmes – both here and throughout the Pacific.

If you choose to work with us you’ll have access to a multi-disciplinary team of specialists who can advise you on:

  • strategic planning/policy
  • structuring
  • planning and consenting
  • assessing land tenure and access arrangements
  • Public Works Act related issues
  • procurement/tendering
  • finance or refinancing arrangements (including financing for PPPs)
  • service and supply agreements, operations and maintenance contracts, restructures and rearrangements and business as usual advice over the project or programme lifecycle
  • regulation specific to your industry
  • potential or actual disputes associated with your infrastructure project
  • changes to health and safety legislation and HSE compliance and enforcement issues
  • structuring or restructuring your operations and tax aspects of acquisitions, disposals and equity capital markets transactions, and
  • iwi consultation and investment.

Experience highlights

We have advised:

  • the NZ Transport Agency, as part of the ‘True North Alliance’, on the procurement phase of the Pūhoi to Warkworth section of the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford motorway north of Auckland, which is proceeding as a PPP. This results from our previous work during the environmental consenting phase of the project as part of the ‘Further North Alliance’ – which successfully secured all required resource management approvals for the construction and operation of the project
  • the Ministry of Health on the $650m+ post-earthquake redevelopment (demolition, refurbishment and new build) of the Burwood and Christchurch hospitals in Christchurch, one of the most significant social infrastructure projects in New Zealand’s history
  • Crown Irrigation Investments on structuring, funding and all other legal aspects of the government’s investments into major regional irrigation projects, to drive growth in New Zealand’s critical agricultural sector
  • the Solomon Islands Electricity Authority on four renewable energy projects in the Solomon Islands, including the proposed Tina River Hydro Development Project, which involves the development of a new 20MW hydro power plant and will be the Solomon Islands' first PPP. Our role has included: advising on the possible procurement options; briefing management and the board of directors on the legal and ‘key risks’ of the project (and possible risk transfer); and drafting/commenting on the project documentation
  • Ōtākaro Limited on its establishment and assumption of assets relating to the Christchurch earthquake rebuild from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). Our work required us in just a few short weeks to complete not only Ōtākaro establishment work, but an extensive range of work associated with the transition of responsibility for Christchurch ‘anchor projects’ from CERA to Ōtākaro


Ranked Tier One in the energy & infrastructure and projects and resource management areas respectively by independent legal directories IFLR1000 and Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Ranked Tier One for banking and finance work by independent legal directories Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016, Chambers Asia Pacific 2016, Asialaw Profiles 2016 and IFLR1000 2016

Ranked Tier One for corporate work by independent legal directories Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016, Chambers Global 2016, Chambers Asia Pacific 2016, and Asialaw Profiles 2015.


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