Lauren Curtayne Lauren Curtayne

Lauren Curtayne


Corporate & commercial

Lauren advises on all aspects of major projects, commercial contracts and regulatory matters, specialising in the energy sector.

She works closely with clients on all energy aspects of their business and advises on a wide range of energy transactions, energy regulation compliance and consumer law.

With over a decade spent in the sector in New Zealand, her experience includes conventional electricity, renewable electricity (in each of wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower), oil and gas (upstream and downstream), mergers and acquisitions of energy companies, energy storage, hydrogen and new fuels, and negotiation of power purchase 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 is recognised as a next generation lawyer by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023.

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 development of 500MW of solar projects in New Zealand, in joint venture with Genesis Energy
  • 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
  • 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
  • Te Ahi o Maui (a partnership between Eastland Generation and the Kawerau A8D Ahu Whenua Trust) on its 25MW geothermal power plant at Kawerau.

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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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