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, she 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 has advised:
Vector on its sale of subsidiary Vector Gas, owner of gas transmission pipelines and gas distribution networks outside of Auckland, to two infrastructure funds managed by First State Funds for $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
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
- Tower and its directors in relation to the $197m negotiated full takeover being made by Fairfax Financial Holdings by scheme of arrangement (ongoing).