Experienced in all aspects of domestic and international bank and capital market fundraising, Mark advises on project and asset financing and cross-border transactions.

He has a particular interest in the energy, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors and has advised clients across a range of commercial and financial matters. He regularly acts for financial institutions and corporate borrowers on debt capital markets and other funding transactions.

Known in the market for his experience across public and private sector agencies, he is regularly asked to advise on complex and novel projects and transactions, including major infrastructure projects.

Mark is recognised as a Band 1 lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2024 and as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024 for his banking and finance expertise. Mark is also Highly Regarded by IFLR1000 2023.

Recent highlights

  • Advised the government on its $900m support package for Air New Zealand.
  • Led the team that advised Southern Cross Cables on the project financing and construction of its SX NEXT undersea fibre optic cable connecting New Zealand, Australia and the US.
  • Advised Westpac on the project financing of two gas-fired power stations for Todd Corporation.
  • Acted for Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment on funding out of the $3b Provincial Growth Fund.
  • Worked with Crown Irrigation on all aspects of its investment programme including investments in the Central Plains Irrigation Scheme and the Waimea Community Dam.
  • Lead adviser for Chorus on all aspects of its fund raising programme including bank facilities, retail bond programme, EMTN programme and government UFB funding provided by Crown Infrastructure Partners.

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Chapman Tripp assists NZ Steel on landmark decarbonisation agreement

Chapman Tripp is delighted to have advised New Zealand Steel and BlueScope on the Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry partnership funding agreement between NZ Steel and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), to build an electric arc furnace at NZ Steel’s Glenbrook steel works, south of Auckland, for a total cost of around NZ$300 million.

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Hard slog for infrastructure

The New Zealand infrastructure sector is facing exceptional challenges – economic, financial, environmental, logistical and regulatory – as the Government seeks to create a more sustainable and climate resilient economy in a world which is becoming less predictable.

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Westpac’s financing heats up NZ's largest solar project

Chapman Tripp is pleased to have assisted Westpac New Zealand to finance New Zealand’s largest solar project to date – five solar farms, being developed by Lodestone Energy, and constructed in Dargaville, Kaitaia, Waiotahe Valley, Edgecumbe and Whitianga.

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New Zealand infrastructure – ready for lift-off?

Pressure on all forms of infrastructure in New Zealand remains high with little evidence of physical progress in recent years. But, we may now be about to obtain lift-off, according to our latest publication, New Zealand Infrastructure – trends & insights.

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Generating social and environmental benefits alongside financial return

We are proud to have advised NZGIF on its investment to help Wellington’s port decarbonise – the first to benefit from NZGIF’s $100m in investment capital.

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RBNZ's proposals would benefit from an arbiter

The proposal is well within its prudential regulation remit but could have major repercussions for the economy.

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Top 25 NZX companies not reliant on banks for funding

A more cautious approach to capital within banks and higher interest rates, coupled with greater diversity of funding sources available, have driven several of the top 50 NZX-listed companies to look elsewhere...

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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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