Hamish is a construction
and major projects lawyer with international and large-scale project experience.
Hamish has worked on major construction projects, both within New Zealand and around the world, in a variety of sectors including infrastructure, mining, energy, oil and gas, commercial and residential. He has extensive experience working on large-scale projects, which have a combined value in excess of $40b. His experience includes both greenfield and brownfield projects, and a significant amount of this experience has involved project finance transactions including some of the largest and most complex projects in the Middle East.
Hamish previously worked for UK ‘magic circle’ law firm Allen & Overy where he spent six years in their Projects team in Dubai, acting for sponsors undertaking major projects in the Gulf region as well as financial institutions, commercial banks and ECAs lending to those projects. He has extensive experience in drafting, negotiating and advising on various project contracts including concession/project agreements, large construction contracts, O&M and AM/FM agreements, project management agreements, FEED contracts, technology licences, engineering agreements, feedstock supply agreements, marketing and offtake agreements and land leases.
He has advised on a wide range of project procurement models including build only, design-build, full EPC/turnkey, DBO, BOOT, design, build, operate and maintain and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). Hamish is also very familiar with NZS and FIDIC standard form construction contracts.
In addition to project contracts, Hamish has a deep understanding of project finance agreements and his experience includes reviewing, drafting, negotiating and advising on finance documents including debt term sheets, facility agreements, intercreditor agreements, security documents and direct agreements.
Hamish has advised:
PPPs, Infrastructure and Developments
- 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 (P2W) motorway north of Auckland, which is being procured as a PPP
- DTZ Group New Zealand on its facilities and maintenance subcontracts relating to the Auckland East Prison PPP project
- Investec, Balfour Beatty and DGL Investments on their bid to design, build, finance and maintain four schools in New Zealand - the ‘Schools 2 PPP’ project
- lenders to a bidder on the Tauranga Social Housing project
- Fletcher Construction on the New Zealand International Convention Centre project in Auckland
- Auckland Hotel Investments (part of the Fu Wah International Group) on the development of a 5 Star Park Hyatt Hotel project at Wynyard Quarter, in Auckland
- Hawkins on project management agreements for IAG NZ’s customer claims following the Christchurch earthquakes
- Development Christchurch on the Christchurch Adventure Park project
- the Queenstown Lakes District Council on a fixed term contract for the operation, maintenance and management of its roading assets
Oil and Gas
- Ballance Agri-Nutrients on the development of an integrated ammonia and urea complex at Kapuni in Taranaki
- the Developer (known as SATORP, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Total) on the development of a US$14b Oil Refinery in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia
- the Developer (Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company (DRPIC)) on the development of a US$6b import / export oil refinery in Duqm, Oman
- the Lenders on the development of a US$1b EVA / LDPE production facility in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Power and Water
- the equity and debt participants on the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme for the Tukituki catchment in the Hawkes Bay
- the Queenstown Lakes District Council on the upgrade of its existing Shotover wastewater treatment plant and on a fixed term contract for the operation, maintenance and management of its ‘three water’ assets
- the commercial lenders and ECAs on the development of a US$300m, 190,000m³/day desalination water project in Ghubrah, Oman
- the Sponsors on the expansion of the existing wastewater treatment plant in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
- Mighty River Power (now Mercury) in New Zealand on various construction contracts relating to its hydro power plant refurbishment programme
- Nova on its McKee Power Plant project in Taranaki
Mining and Metals
- the Lenders (including commercial lenders and ECAs) on the development of a US$6b phosphate mine and fertiliser and ammonia complex in the Northern Province of Saudi Arabia
- the Sponsors on the development of a 1.4m tonne per annum coal-to-methanol production facility in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, and
- the Sponsors in relation to the development of a US$4.5b steel production facility in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.