Energy and Resources

There are significant regulatory challenges facing the energy and resources sectors, here in New Zealand and around the world.

With one of the largest specialist energy and resources teams in the Asia-Pacific region, supported by a full service capability, we can advise on the full spectrum of energy and resources matters.

Our multi-disciplinary team has experience working with local and international clients on a diverse range of projects relating to electricity, forestry for carbon trading, climate change, water, solar, mining, coal, oil, gas (upstream and downstream), smart metering, energy retailing and energy tech.

Clients value our pragmatic approach and hands-on industry knowledge gleaned from working on all sides – as in-house counsel, external professional advisers, regulators and as the regulated.

We stay at the forefront of industry developments and are active within professional organisations. Our expertise is also recognised by board appointments in both public and private sectors and by the leading international legal directories.

Our clients include Bathurst Resources, Infratec, Liquigas, Northpower, Refining New Zealand, Taharoa Ironsands, Trustpower, Wellington Electricity and Z Energy.

“They are hugely skilled and experienced in terms of their legal knowledge and pragmatic understanding of the matters they have run." Chambers Asia Pacific

Specific project involvement

Hydrogen production and refuelling facility – Advising Ports of Auckland on all aspects of the procurement, construction and operation of New Zealand’s first hydrogen plant and refuelling station.

Transitioning to a lower carbon future – Advised Z Energy, on the acquisition of a majority stake in electricity retail business Flick Electric Co.

Offshore oil and gas exploration – Advised the International Association of Geophysical Contractors following the Government’s policy decision to end offshore oil and gas exploration in New Zealand.

Major hazard facilities – Advising Liquigas on planning provisions to reduce the likelihood of sensitive activities locating in proximity to its terminals.

How we help

  • Acquisition, financing and disposal of infrastructure and assets
  • Joint venture and consortium arrangements
  • Contracting arrangements
  • Climate change regulatory and transactional strategies
  • Regulatory framework
  • Development and construction of projects
  • Tax efficient business structures

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