Sector

Energy and resources

Buddle Findlay stands at the centre of many key developments in New Zealand's energy and resources industry. Armed with a deep understanding of strategic drivers, our energy and resources team is well placed to advise on all aspects of the legal and regulatory framework.

Overview

We are a leading law firm in the energy and natural resources field with specialist expertise and an in-depth knowledge of this industry sector.

We advise a number of significant investors in the energy industry in connection with potential acquisitions and regularly act for banks providing finance to the industry.  We are also the leading adviser to the Electricity Authority, the principal electricity industry regulator.  Other public sector clients include government departments and state-owned enterprises.

We have advised a number of the most significant industry participants in New Zealand such as Chevron, Contact Energy, Genesis Energy, Infratil, TrustPower, Vector, Pioneer Generation and Westpower on various aspects of their businesses including corporate transactions, development and acquisition of new assets, emissions trading, hedging, regulatory issues, planning and environmental issues, supply contracts, customer arrangements, and general corporate and commercial advice.



Work highlights

Advising Contact Energy

on the construction of the Te Mihi geothermal electricity generation project, the Ahuroa gas storage project, the establishment of a joint venture for the development of the Taheke geothermal generation project with local Maori landowners and on the construction contracting arrangements for the Otahuhu B, Wairakei Binary, and Whirinaki power stations

Advising Genesis Energy

on issues associated with the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014, Variation 5, the Waitaki Sub-region, to the Proposed Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan and water allocation issues associated with its Tekapo hydro-generation assets

Advising Contact Energy

on the consenting of all of its hydro, geothermal, thermal and wind projects

Advising the Electricity Authority

on its review of Transpower New Zealand's proposal to vary the current transmission pricing methodology

Advising the developer of the proposed Tikitere geothermal generation project

under a BOOT arrangement on all aspects of the project

Acting for the BOOT developer

of the KA24 geothermal generation project in Kawerau
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Our team

Alanya Limmer

Alanya Limmer

Partner, Christchurch

Alanya specialises in environment and resource management law and local government law. Alanya has earned a one of Canterbury’s most...

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  • M +64 21 812 811

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Alastair Hercus

Alastair Hercus

Partner, Wellington
Board of Management

Alastair specialises in public and commercial law. He advises clients on legislative design, decision-making by statutory bodies...

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  • M +64 21 449 993

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Daniel Kelleher

Daniel Kelleher

Partner, Auckland

Daniel specialises in property law and has extensive experience in property sector, corporate, banking and commercial transactions...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7022
  • M +64 21 618 535

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David Allen

David Allen

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in all aspects of resource management, environmental and natural resources law and local government law. He is a...

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  • M +64 21 955 744

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David Randal

David Randal

Partner, Wellington

David specialises in resource management, environmental and conservation law, public law, general civil litigation and Māori law. He...

  • DDI +64 4 462 0450
  • M +64 21 742 863

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Grant Dunn

Grant Dunn

Partner, Auckland

Grant specialises in corporate and commercial law and has over 20 years experience. He previously spent six years with the London...

  • DDI +64 9 363 0636
  • M +64 21 888 812

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Hamish Kynaston

Hamish Kynaston

Partner, Wellington

Hamish specialises in employment relations, litigation, health law, health and safety, and education...

  • DDI +64 4 462 0439
  • M +64 21 279 2147

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Jennifer Caldwell

Jennifer Caldwell

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

Jennifer specialises in environment and resource management, and local government, with extensive experience as a strategic adviser...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7034
  • M +64 21 624 162

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Lisette Hood

Lisette Hood

Partner, Auckland

Lisette specialises in corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on commercial contracting, corporate legal advice to...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7037
  • M +64 27 220 5123

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Patrick Mulligan

Patrick Mulligan

Partner, Auckland

Patrick specialises in environment and resource management, local government, and public law. Patrick advises on a wide range of...

  • DDI +64 9 357 9396
  • M +64 21 662 142

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Paul Beverley

Paul Beverley

Partner, Wellington
National Chairman

Paul specialises in resource management planning and consenting processes, Māori Law and Treaty Settlement negotiations. He appears...

  • DDI +64 4 462 0406
  • M +64 21 276 9322

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Peter Owles

Peter Owles

Partner, Auckland

Peter is a specialist in all aspects of banking and finance law, with over 25 years experience. As well as general banking and finance...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7047
  • M +64 21 750 509

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Stephen Whittington

Stephen Whittington

Partner, Wellington

Stephen specialises in negotiation and documentation of commercial property transactions, development and construction advice...

  • DDI +64 4 498 7329
  • M +64 21 845 530

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Steve Nightingale

Steve Nightingale

Partner, Wellington

Steve specialises in corporate law including capital raising, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, limited partnerships...

  • DDI +64 4 498 7312
  • M +64 27 668 2832

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Susie Kilty

Susie Kilty

Partner, Wellington

Susie specialises in competition, fair trading, overseas investment consents and economic regulation, particularly of infrastructure...

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  • M +64 21 792 134

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Tony Dellow

Tony Dellow

Partner, Wellington

Tony specialises in competition law and regulatory processes, especially in infrastructure industries. Tony’s practice is unique...

  • DDI +64 4 498 7304
  • M +64 21 349 651

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