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Mark NicholsonMark Nicholson

Mark Nicholson

Mark Nicholson


M:+64 27 305 9120

T:+64 9 357 9297


F:+64 9 357 9099



LLB (Hons), University College, London


1996 England & Wales, 2005 New Zealand


Mark specialises in all aspects of property law, including development, acquisitions, disposals, syndications, leasing and infrastructure.

Mark acts for a wide range of clients including development companies, institutional investors, charitable trusts infrastructure companies, and major corporates on a wide variety of property transactions. He also has experience acting for overseas investors in New Zealand.

Mark joined Chapman Tripp’s commercial property group in 2003 after working in the City of London for eight years.

Mark is ranked as a leading real estate and construction lawyer by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016.

Mark has advised:

Mark has advised:

  • Auckland Waterfront Development Agency Limited in relation to all property aspects of the $1BN Wynyard Central development, including negotiating development agreements with Precinct Properties (for the development of 50,000 m2 of commercial offices), with Willis Bond (for the development of $500M+ of apartments), with Fu Wah (for the development of a 200 room 5 star hotel to be operated by Park Hyatt) and with Auckland Theatre Company (for the development of the new Waterfront Theatre).  Mark is currently advising Waterfront Auckland in relation to the development of a mixed use marine/residential site
  • Augusta Capital on its property acquisitions and syndications including the purchase of Building C, Spark City for $69.5M, and Southgate Shopping Centre for $58.5M
  • a Chinese investor on its purchase of Kawarau Falls Station in Queenstown (comprising three hotels and separate apartment buildings)
  • Pengxin on its purchase of Buildings A and D, Spark City for a combined purchase price in excess of $130M
  • NZME. on its design build lease agreement with Mansons for its new headquarters at 151 Victoria Street West for a rental in excess of $5M pa (one of the largest CBD leasing transactions in recent years)
  • Auckland Racing Club on the development of its landholdings at Ellerslie Racecourse, including the ground leasing of Site 168 for the development of a large retirement village
  • Antipodean Properties from the UK on the leasing of 20 supermarkets to General Distributors Limited (one of the largest single leasing transactions in New Zealand history)
  • Mighty River Power on the property and commercial aspects of its geothermal and wind farm developments and more recently the negotiation of a relationship agreement and easement with Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board governing the relationship between Taupo Moana and the Waikato Hydro System
  • Trust Management on the development agreement and purchase of Hobson Centre (a retail shopping centre in Hobsonville)
  • ANZ Bank on the due diligence aspects of a number of large complex development projects including Massey North and 5 Mile
  • Beaumont Partners on the purchase and sale of its freehold interest in Beaumont Quarter to Innovus
  • Providing property advice in relation to a number of ground lease rental arbitrations including Beaumont Quarter, Lighter Quay North and Pier 21, and
  • AMP Capital Property Portfolio on its acquisition of a half share in Botany Town Centre, LynnMall Shopping Centre and Manukau Supa Centre for NZ$368m; and on the acquisition and development of its bulk retail centres in Manukau, Nelson and Northwood.