Buddle Findlay works with government, sponsors, contractors, developers and financiers at every stage of infrastructure development. Our team's commitment to successful allocation and management of risk leads to positive outcomes for all parties.


Infrastructure development is complex, multi-faceted and demands strategic industry knowledge.  Projects need more than advisers, they need industry experts who can seamlessly integrate into high performing project-teams.

We understand the practical demands and issues facing the different parties involved in any infrastructure development.  In fact, as the New Zealand lawyers with the most experience working as participants in project alliances, we have lived and breathed those demands.

We work with sponsors, government, contractors, developers and financiers at every stage of a project.  We have extensive experience advising on the optimal legal structuring for project contracting; project financing; regulatory consents issues (including some of New Zealand’s largest planning processes), drafting and negotiating concession agreements, tender documents, construction contracts and other project documents, land rights, project implementation and dispute management and resolution, we can help all parties achieve successful outcomes and manage the risks inherent in infrastructure development.

Our team has worked on structuring, funding and implementation of a wide variety of major infrastructure projects both in New Zealand and overseas.  We have particularly focused on large transport, public building and social infrastructure, telecommunications, energy, health, transport and water projects.

  • Member of the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID)
  • Member of Infrastructure New Zealand

Work highlights

Advising NZ Defence Force

in relation to its 'Defence Estate Regeneration Programme'.  This involves the strategic reorganisation and upgrading of the Defence Force’s property assets.  This portfolio comprises approximately 81,000ha of land on which is located a variety of camps, bases, training areas and support facilities.  The programme’s objective is to enhance defence capability and to improve the defence force staff’s working environment

Advising Central Plains Water

on the development and financing of its Canterbury irrigation project.  Our role involved advising on all aspects of the project from corporate structuring, equity raising, resource consents, project financing and contracting

Advising Auckland Council and Auckland Transport

in respect of the procurement of construction packages C3 (tunnels and stations), C7 (systems) and C8 (Otahuhu Station) for the City Rail Link, New Zealand's largest infrastructure project by value.  The City Rail Link is a 3.45km twin-tunnel underground rail link up to 42 metres below the city centre transforming the downtown Britomart Transport Centre into a two-way through-station that better connects the Auckland rail network

Acting for Ormat Systems

in relation to the Ngawha geothermal electricity generation project.  Ngawha Generation Limited, a subsidiary of Top Energy Limited currently has 25MW of installed capacity and is expanding this by 28MW to a total of 53MW and we have advised Ormat, the EPC Contractor and equipment supplier for the new generation plant

Acting for NZ Transport Agency

on a number of state highway projects including being a participant in the East West Link Alliance which consented this $1.8B roading and coastal remediation project and advising on various issues relating to the separate project widening SH1 from Manukau to Bombay

Advising bidders and financiers

in connection with various New Zealand PPP Projects including NZ Schools I, II and III, Tauranga and Christchurch social housing and Wiri and Auckland Prisons

Our team

Charlotte von Dadelszen

Partner, Wellington
Board of Management

Charlotte specialises in leasing, construction and land-related property advice. She has been involved in the development…

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Daniel Collins

Partner, Auckland

Daniel specialises in banking and finance and has extensive experience working in New Zealand, the Asia Pacific and the Middle East.…

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Daniel Kelleher

Partner, Auckland

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

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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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David Randal

Partner, Wellington

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

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David Thomson

Partner, Auckland

David specialises in corporate and commercial law with considerable experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, governance,…

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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…

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Jennifer Caldwell

Partner, Auckland
National Chair

Jennifer specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law, with extensive experience as a strategic…

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Mark Odlin

Partner, Christchurch
Board of Management

Mark specialises in corporate and commercial law and advises on a range of financial, commercial and corporate law matters, including…

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Mere King

Partner, Auckland

Mere specialises in employment, industrial relations, health and safety, employee privacy matters, as well dispute resolution and litig…

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Paul Beverley

Partner, Wellington

Paul was the National Chair of Buddle Findlay from 2017 to March 2020. Paul specialises in Māori Law, Treaty settlement negotiations, …

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Peter Chemis

Partner, Wellington

Peter specialises in employment law, industrial relations and related areas, and leads Buddle Findlay’s national employment team…

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Peter Owles

Partner, Auckland

Peter specialises in all aspects of banking and financial services law, with over 30 years' experience.…

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Stephen Whittington

Partner, Wellington

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

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Susan Rowe

Partner, Christchurch

Susan specialises in litigation, local government, insurance, industrial relations and health and safety. Susan currently advises…

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Susie Kilty

Partner, Wellington

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

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Terence Ng

Partner, Auckland

Terence specialises in banking and finance, corporate and commercial, and property law.…

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Tom Bennett

Partner, Auckland

Tom specialises in real estate, construction, procurement and local government.…

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Tony Dellow

Partner, Wellington

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

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Tony Wilkinson

Partner, Auckland

Tony has a highly regarded practice acting for public and private sector clients. He is the lead tax advisor for Buddle Findlay’s most…

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Vanessa Evitt

Partner, Auckland

Vanessa specialises in resource management, environmental and local government law. She has acted…

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