Kate Yesberg

Kate Yesberg

Kate Yesberg

Senior Solicitor, Wellington

Litigation & dispute resolution

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T:+64 4 498 4985

M:+64 27 424 6844



LLB (Hons), BA, Victoria University of Wellington; LLM, New York University


2011, New Zealand

Kate is a committed advisor and advocate, with expertise in international, regulatory and public law.

She represents clients in a range of commercial disputes, including large and novel proceedings, and has particular experience in disputes involving international elements. 

She also advises clients, including foreign governments, on policy development and law reform.  Kate's experience includes advising on economic regulation, institutional reform, energy and environmental issues, and international trade and investment.

Kate joined Chapman Tripp in 2014 after completing a Masters of Law as a Fulbright Scholar at New York University.  Prior to that, she worked at a boutique public law firm.

Kate is an Advisor to Oxfam New Zealand and a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network.  She volunteers at the Refugee and Immigration Legal Advice Service and is on the National Council of Supporting Families in Mental Illness, a mental health service provider.

Recent experience

Kate's experience includes:

  • advising the Government of Tonga on institutional and regulatory reform in the energy sector
  • representing ANZ, BNZ, Westpac, CBA, BTMU and Deutsche Bank in defending a deed of company arrangement entered into by state-owned enterprise Solid Energy following a large-scale debt restructuring
  • advising on investment regulation in various Pacific Island jurisdictions
  • acting in London-based ICC arbitration proceedings relating to a New Zealand petroleum exploration permit
  • advising on the consistency of proposed law reform with New Zealand's international trade law obligations
  • advising on the implications of international sanctions regimes for New Zealand businesses trading overseas
  • acting in ICC arbitration proceedings relating to a distressed joint venture, and
  • acting for Transparency International, defending judicial review proceedings.
Litigation & dispute resolution; International trade & investment; International arbitration





Energy & natural resources; Power