Energy is a lynchpin of economic growth and has the greatest influence on decisions that governments, companies and people make. The world is at the point where it is imperative renewable energy sources are found and developed. Our Energy team has deep operational and commercial experience in the sector covering clean energy, electricity, regulation and economic reform and pricing methodologies.



Services offered by the team include:

  • Infrastructure/third party access
  • Regulatory issues
  • Commercialisation and international roll-out strategy
  • Clean energy technology evaluation
  • Financial modelling and economic analysis
  • Structuring and implementation of joint ventures and partnerships
  • Project financing evaluation, including investment and bank debt feasibility
  • Capital raising and transaction management
  • Governance



  • Advised LanzaTech, a leading second generation bioethanol producer, on commercial strategy, Chinese international pilot plant development, governance and organisational structure and partnership arrangements.
  • Advised Biodiesel Oils (NZ) on its commercialisation strategy, including protecting intellectual property that can be patented, scoping the international market, assessment of competing technologies globally and identifying strategic partners


  • Advised Energy for Industry, a subsidiary of Meridian Energy, on the potential acquisition of a Crown-owned thermal power plant.
  • Advised a leading NZ organic waste company on producing heat, power and fertiliser products through anaerobic digestion of food and green waste. Work included a review of international technology suppliers, financial modelling of the proposed plant and establishing a strategic partnership with a local electricity company.


  • Undertook for WEL Networks a review of both North and South Island business development opportunities, identifying major planned residential, commercial and industrial property developments within a commercially feasible connection distance of the national grid. The work identified a number of significant network expansion opportunities for WEL and also provided a framework for prioritising development.


  • Led the negotiations for Rodney District Council over land use, economic and environmental issues and a financial consideration to be paid by Genesis Energy, which plans to build a 425 megawatt power station within the district.
  • Advised United Networks Shareholders Society on the sale of its $165m interest in United Networks. The society held the shares in trust for the North Shore and Waitakere City Councils and Rodney District Council


  • Undertook a review of regional electricity generation and transmissions for Northland Regional Council as part of a strategic review of regional infrastructure assets. Weaknesses and risks in the current transmission grid were identified and recommendations were made to prioritise improved energy security by attracting or supporting additional generation and strengthening transmission.


  • Assisted the office of the Regulator-General, Victoria, to develop the regulatory framework, policies and administration of the electricity and gas industries for the state.
  • Managed a project to develop an economic map of key revenue and cost drivers of the electricity distribution companies to enable the office of Victoria's Regulator-General to monitor these regulated businesses.


  • Developed and implemented a wide range of restructuring policies, including implementation of issues and options, drafting of a Government position paper outlining a proposed regulatory framework for industry consultation and legislative drafting for the Queensland Electricity Reform Unit.
  • Undertook a reliability standards review for Australia's National Electricity Market Reliability Panel.



  • Provided an analysis for the Australian Government on investment incentives for baseload generation in the context of the energy only market design.
  • Analysed for the Australian Energy Regulator the industry drivers for the lack of generation investment in the South Australia region, including market structure, trends in generation mix and renewables, and government/regulatory policies.


To contact our Energy Team call:
New Zealand Mike Stanton at +64 27 687 5223
Australia Paul Bayly at +61 405 922 715