Matthew heads Chapman Tripp's government sector group. He also leads the firm's Wellington-based commercial contracting and commercial property teams.
Matthew specialises in commercial projects and has experience across a range of legal and business areas – including public sector projects (in particular, procurement, property and ICT projects, and infrastructure advisory work) and private sector property, construction and infrastructure projects.
He has advised government agencies on matters ranging from day-to-day commercial contracting arrangements though to some of the most complex and novel procurement projects in the public sector.
Matthew also has a background in finance law. He has advised on cross border structured finance transactions for the likes of Transpower and Spark, and banks and corporate clients on a wide range of other finance related matters. He is a member of Chapman Tripp's board.
Matthew has advised:
- the Ministry of Health on the procurement, negotiation and documentation of pilot projects for the use of Social Bonds in New Zealand, an innovative tool for the delivery of social services where the government pays when results are achieved
- the Ministry of Education on its National Transportables Programme for the procurement of portable classrooms nationwide (procurement of design, build, optional maintain arrangement, and relocation of classroom stock)
- Weta Workshop on a range of film finance and investment related matters
- Te Puni Kōkiri on its procurement of, and ongoing contracts with, three Whanau Ora Commissioning agents, responsible for identifying and managing the investment of public funds into programmes aimed at achieving better outcomes for Māori and Pacific families
- Chorus on a range of property law matters relating to the rollout of the government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband project, including access consents and existing works provisions
- the New Zealand Customs Service on its ICT arrangements with IBM relating to its Joint Border Management System
- Spark, as anchor tenant, on its major new office accommodation projects in Auckland and Wellington, the largest single tenant design-build and leasing transactions of their kind undertaken in New Zealand
- MBIE on the development and roll-out across government of its Streamlined Contracting Framework for use by government agencies in contracting with NGOs
- Southern Cross Cables on major network infrastructure related transactions, including on project establishment and documentation, and financing arrangements as well as subsequent restructurings and day to day dealings
- MBIE and Treasury on all aspects of the “leaky homes” repair financial assistance package, including the terms and conditions of advances to home owners, arrangements with territorial authorities and for associated Crown credit support, and
- public sector agencies including Airways Corporation of New Zealand, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Health on commercial contracting and procurement related matters, including compliance with the Government Rules of Sourcing and other government good practice guidance.