Buddle Findlay has deep and broad experience in the irrigation sector having advised on a number of irrigation schemes at various stages of development. Our clients in relation to these schemes have included the scheme operators themselves, irrigators, key stakeholders, bankers and investors.
Our experience covers:
- Commercial, structuring and corporate finance
- Resource management
- Construction and construction related disputes.
We have a strong working relationship with key investors in the sector including most major banks and local government bodies. In addition, we frequently provide supporting or specialist advice to local legal advisers or in-house counsel in relation to irrigation schemes, leveraging the institutional knowledge that these advisers have and allowing for the provision of legal services more efficiently and inexpensively.
We also have extensive experience advising various schemes (such as Opuha Water, Central Plains Water, Mayfield-Hinds Irrigation), industry groups (Irrigation NZ, Federated Farmers of NZ), water user groups (Dunsandal Groundwater Users Group, Kyeburn Water Users Group) and other industry that relies on water (Fulton Hogan and Canterbury Aggregate Producers Group) on planning, policy and consenting related matters.
Acting for Central Plains Water
on all aspects of that scheme including resource consent applications and proceedings, initial equity capital raise, numerous debt, priority and other commercial arrangements, rights issues, senior and subordinated debt financing requirements, procurement strategy and construction contract negotiation and documentation
Acting for North Otago Irrigation Company
on its equity capital raises (co-advised with a local legal services provider), construction contract negotiation and documentation, and construction disputes
Advising Hunter Downs Water
on its 2017 construction equity raise, water user agreement, contractual arrangements with third parties, initial legal due diligence for financiers and preparation of construction contracts and associated documents
Advising Greater Wellington Regional Council
on Public Works Act aspects of the Water Wairarapa proposed irrigation project and structuring and capital raising issues
Advising Pioneer Energy
on investment and structuring issues in respect of the Dairy Creek Irrigation scheme
Advising Kurow-Duntroon Irrigation Company
on its 2017 equity capital raise (co-advised with a local legal services provider)