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Lauren Curtayne

Lauren Curtayne

Senior Associate

M:+64 27 504 6562

T:+64 9 357 8999


F: +64 9 357 9099



BA, LLB, University of Auckland




​Lauren is a major projects and commercial lawyer with experience across a broad range of sectors, with an emphasis on energy, technology and infrastructure. 

Lauren re-joined Chapman Tripp in 2015 after working in Allen & Overy’s Projects team in Abu Dhabi.  While in Abu Dhabi, Lauren advised government entities, sponsors, developers, lenders and contractors on the development of a wide range of major projects throughout the Middle East including power, gas, solar, infrastructure and petrochemicals projects. Lauren has experience and particular interest in renewable energy projects and emerging technology.


Lauren’s recent experience includes advising:


  • Vector on its sale of subsidiary Vector Gas Limited, owner of gas transmission pipelines and gas distribution networks outside of Auckland, to two infrastructure funds managed by First State Investments for NZ$952.5m
  • various clients in New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates on gas (including LNG) sale and purchase agreements, gas transmission and distribution agreements and associated regulatory issues


  • Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) and a syndicate of commercial banks (the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, National Bank of Kuwait, Standard Chartered Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) on the development of the US$1.8bn Az Zour North IWPP, the first independent water and power project in Kuwait
  • sponsors and lenders on many other independent power and water projects across the Middle East, advising on all stages of development from consortium arrangements, bid preparation, negotiation of project documents through to completion and operation phases

Renewable energy

  • International Finance Corporation and Solomon Islands Electricity Authority on development of the Tina River hydropower project
  • various clients in New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates on solar PV projects and initiatives

Technology, media & telecommunications

  • Telecom (now Spark) and Chorus, as a member of the Chapman Tripp team advising on the successful bid, and agreement with Crown Fibre Holdings, to deliver Ultra Fast Broadband to the majority of New Zealand
  • IT vendors and customers on a range of contractual and major IT issues including licensing, procurement of services, consumer and regulatory issues


  • on the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a major railway in the United Arab Emirates
  • a SOE in relation to its tendering process and contractual documentation for the procurement of routine maintenance and project works, and


  • Counties Manukau District Health Board on its outsourcing of a renal haemodialysis facility to a private provider.