Andy Nicholls

Andy Nicholls

Andy Nicholls

Managing Partner, Wellington

Corporate & commercial

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T:+64 4 498 6319

M:+64 27 491 4892

E:andy.nicholls@chapmantripp.com

Qualifications

BCom, LLB, University of Auckland

Admitted

1996, New Zealand

Andy is a partner in our corporate & commercial team focusing on regulatory, competition and public law. He is also the firm's Managing Partner, Wellington.

Andy is New Zealand's leading regulatory lawyer, advising clients on regulatory and competition law issues in the electricity, gas, telecommunications, airport and primary sectors.

He also advises both public and private sector clients and foreign governments on policy development and law reform.  Andy's experience includes advising on reform of economic regulation, climate change policy and legal issues, new telecommunications regimes, the reform of state trading enterprises in Tonga and the Solomon Islands, and the Government of Samoa on reforms to improve the economic utilisation of customary land.

He is recommended as a leading lawyer in public law by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 and was named the Best Lawyers' 2014-15 Wellington Competition and Consumer Law "Lawyer of the Year". Andy is also recognised as a Foreign Expert by Chambers Global 2016 for his work in the Pacific Islands.

Recent experience

Andy has advised:

  • Powerco on the Commerce Commission’s price control of gas and electricity lines services
  • Christchurch International Airport and Wellington International Airport on regulatory inquiries, information disclosure obligations and setting of aeronautical charges
  • Chorus on all forms of telecommunications regulation
  • a range of clients on regulation by the Commerce Commission and Electricity Commission
  • clients with their response to the Government’s climate change policy, and
  • on competition law issues in the agriculture sector, including the rationalisation of dairy and red meat processing; the electricity sector, including the development of a hedge market and particular unique hedge arrangements; the payments sector; and the telecommunications sector.
Competition & antitrust; Corporate & commercial; International trade & investment; Regulatory law

Services

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Energy & natural resources; Power

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