Andy Nicholls Andy Nicholls

Andy Nicholls
Wellington Managing Partner
Wellington

Competition & antitrust
Regulatory law

Andy is New Zealand's leading regulatory lawyer, advising clients on regulatory and competition law issues in the energy, aviation and primary sectors.

He also works with public and private sector clients and foreign governments on policy development and law reform. Andy regularly provides advice on economic regulation reform, climate change policy and legal issues, and sector and institutional reform.

With experience across the Pacific Rim, Andy has been called upon to provide advice on the reform of the energy sector in Tonga, state trading enterprises in Tonga and the Solomon Islands, and to assist the Government of Samoa on reforms to improve the economic use of customary land. His work in the Pacific Islands has been recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 and Chambers Global 2019 as a leading lawyer and foreign expert.

Recent highlights

  • Advised Christchurch International Airport and Wellington International Airport on regulatory inquiries, information disclosure obligations and setting of aeronautical charges.
  • Assisted a range of clients with Commerce Commission and Electricity Commission processes central to their business strategies.
  • Worked with clients on their responses to the Government's climate change policy and likely policy direction over the next decades.

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International trade up in the air

Predicted international trade events in 2017 fared well, the firm is now looking at what to expect in 2019.

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Dealing to the infrastructure deficit

New Zealand’s sagging infrastructure is inhibiting the economy and our quality of life, in the form of gridlock, lost production, unaffordable housing, environmental degradation, and more...

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