Public Private Partnerships
We have been actively involved as lead legal adviser in the majority of large privately-financed infrastructure projects implemented in New Zealand in recent years.
Private sector involvement - as investors in economic infrastructure and as partners with the Government in social infrastructure - is being strongly encouraged, with projects involving schools, prisons and ultrafast broadband already underway.
We deliver a weight of experience, both local and international, across all aspects of PPP transactions. This includes consortium structuring and risk allocation, project funding, construction, services delivery, asset management, public law and regulatory issues.
The firm has been involved with Crown infrastructure investment projects utilising both the traditional PPP models (such as prisons and schools) and alternative funding models (such as the Crown’s ultrafast broadband investment).
Our experience extends to many related structures, such as concessions, DBFM, BOOT and BOT for delivery of social and economic infrastructure (such as water and wastewater, roading, materials recycling and other waste operations, stadia) and other public sector asset management (tertiary education, health, local government services).
We are highly regarded for the commercial approach we bring to contract negotiations, as well as our technical drafting skills. Our extensive experience of refinancing, variations, market testing and other operational activities, as well as secondary investments in projects by investors, investment funds and or pension funds, enables us to stand alongside our clients throughout the PPP lifecycle.
- Hobsonville School Project - bidding consortium
- Auckland City Council - the $80 million City Vector Arena (a 12,000-seat indoor stadium delivered on a PPP/BOOT basis)
- Rodney District Council - the Penlink Toll Road project, involving a motorway extension and bridge linking State Highway 1 to the Whangaparoa Peninsula
- Ministry of Economic Development - proposed investment of up to $1.5 billion, alongside private partners, in a national fibre optic cable broadband network
- Auckland City Council and Manukau City Council - material recycling facility (based on a typical DBFO or BOOT template, but simplified to match the scale of the project)
- United Water - franchise establishment for the maintenance and operation of Papakura District Council's water and waste-water services (the first of its kind in New Zealand by a local authority for an essential service)
- Counties Manukau District Health Board - new car park building for Middlemore Hospital (PPP/DBFO)
- Christchurch City Council - development of new civic offices
- Tauranga City Council - development of the Strand City site and hotel/conference facility
- North Shore City Council - initiative between North Shore City Council, Vector Communications, and Ministry of Economic Development as part of the government's Broadband Challenge Fund
- Christchurch City Council - material recovery facility
- Auckland City Council - above-ground redevelopment of the heritage Britomart site ($1 billion project)