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 advises on all aspects of major energy projects, commercial contracts and regulatory matters in the energy and technology sectors.
Lauren previously worked for UK ‘magic circle’ law firm Allen & Overy, in their Abu Dhabi Projects team. While there, she advised on the development of a wide range of major projects including power, gas, solar and infrastructure projects.
Lauren has experience and particular interest in renewable energy projects and emerging technology.
Lauren has advised:
Mercury on construction and long-term maintenance of a new 119MW windfarm at Turitea near Palmerston North
Te Ahi o Maui (a partnership between Eastland Generation and the Kawerau A8D Ahu Whenua Trust) on connection of its 25MW geothermal power plant at Kawerau
Solomon Islands Electricity Authority on the 20MW Tina River hydro power project (Solomon Island’s first IPP) signed in 2018
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$1.8b 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, project documentation through to completion and operation phases
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
First Gas and its associated company Gas Services New Zealand on its $260m acquisition of the Rockgas LPG business from Contact Energy
Gas Services New Zealand on its Ahuroa Gas Storage Facility acquired from Contact Energy
various clients in New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates on gas sale and purchase agreements, gas transmission and distribution agreements and regulatory compliance
Technology, media & telecommunications
Telecom (now Spark) and Chorus, advising on the successful bid, and agreement with Crown Fibre Holdings, to deliver Ultra Fast Broadband to the majority of New Zealand, and
IT vendors and customers on a range of contractual and major IT issues including licensing, procurement of services, consumer and regulatory issues.