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Lauren Curtayne


Corporate & commercial

Lauren is an energy sector specialist, advising across major projects, commercial contracts, M&A and regulatory matters.

She has a passion for renewable energy, and has experience working on projects for all four renewable fuels – wind, solar, hydro and geothermal.

Her experience includes conventional electricity, renewable electricity, oil and gas (upstream and downstream), mergers and acquisitions of energy companies, joint ventures, energy storage, hydrogen and new fuels, and negotiation of power purchase agreements, grid connection agreements and O&M agreements.

Lauren previously worked for UK magic circle law firm Allen & Overy, in their Abu Dhabi projects team. While there, she advised on the development of independent power and water projects and large scale gas transactions.

She was recognised as the Energy, Natural Resources & Mining Lawyer of the Year at the 2023 APAC Women in Business Law Awards and as a Next Generation Partner by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024.

Recent highlights

Has advised:

  • Mercury on its acquisition of the New Zealand wind farm assets of Tilt Renewables Limited for almost $800m, as part of a consortium scheme of arrangement.
  • Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) on its joint venture arrangements with Genesis Energy to develop 500MW of solar projects in New Zealand.
  • Mercury on its power purchase agreement with Solar Bay and ‘sleeving’ of that electricity purchase for Ryman Healthcare.
  • Vector on the sale of its Kapuni gas treatment plant to Todd Energy and its associated entry into long-term gas and LPG supply arrangements from Kapuni field.
  • Eastland Generation on its purchase of the TOPP1 geothermal power plant, its development of a further 50MW geothermal power plant at Kawerau, and its development in joint venture of the Te Ahi o Maui 24MW geothermal power plant.
  • Mercury on construction and long-term maintenance of a new 119MW windfarm at Turitea near Palmerston North.
  • First Gas on its Ahuroa Gas storage facility acquired from Contact Energy.
  • First Gas on its $260m acquisition of the Rockgas LPG business from Contact Energy.
  • Vector on its sale of subsidiary Vector Gas, owner of gas transmission pipelines and gas distribution networks outside of Auckland, to two infrastructure funds managed by First State Funds for $952.5m.

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Chapman Tripp advises Eastland Group on sale of 50% stake in Eastland Generation

Eastland Group has sold a 50% stake in its electricity generation business to Japanese construction conglomerate Obayashi Corporation. Chapman Tripp advised long time client Eastland Group on all aspects of the sale including structuring, vendor due diligence, regulatory matters, and negotiation of transaction documentation with multiple bidders

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Chapman Tripp announced finalist in 2023 Women in Business Law Awards

Chapman Tripp has been announced as a New Zealand Firm of the Year finalist in the 2023 Women in Business Law Awards, and four of its Partners have also been shortlisted, highlighting their accomplishments and contributions to the legal profession.

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Clean Energy Tool promotes renewable energy projects in New Zealand

We've joined forces with global law firm Simmons & Simmons to provide the New Zealand chapter for its online Clean Energy Tool.

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Mercury brings home Tilt’s wind farms

We are pleased to have helped Mercury NZ Limited acquire all of Tilt Renewables Limited’s New Zealand assets, operations and future development options.

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Supporting Vector on sale of Kapuni interests

We assisted Vector over the sale of its Kapuni gas treatment plant and related assets.

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Our three new partners are ground breakers

​In a busy and more demanding environment, we are pleased to announce the appointment of three new partners.

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Advising Mercury on Turitea wind farm project

​Chapman Tripp advised Mercury on the final stage of the development of New Zealand’s largest wind farm.

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