Energy and Resources

There are significant regulatory challenges facing industry players within in the energy and resources sectors.

As one of the largest specialist energy and resources teams in the Asia-Pacific region, we can advise on virtually any energy or resources issue.

Our Energy and Resources team has experience working with local and international clients on a diverse range of projects and has expertise across the electricity, coal, mining and metals, climate change, water, and oil and gas industries.

We readily share our hands-on industry knowledge gleaned by working on all sides – as in-house counsel, external professional advisers, regulators and as the regulated.

We are active within professional organisations and stay at the forefront of industry developments. Our expertise is also recognised by board appointments in both the public and private sectors.

Thorough and reliable approach, along with "their organisational skills, attention to detail and ability to quickly understand key issues associated with a wide range of technical disciplines." Chambers Asia Pacific

Recent successes

Z Energy acquisition of Chevron Advised Z Energy on its $785 million acquisition of Chevron New Zealand, providing strategic advice and assistance with New Zealand and Australian legal regulatory requirements as well as the sale and purchase agreement and OIO application.

Z Energy Biofuels Project Advised Z Energy on its biofuel project that converts non-edible tallow and used cooking oil into a high quality, environmentally sustainable fuel grade biodiesel. We advised on agreements and licensing arrangements.

NZ Oil & Gas Capital Return Advised New Zealand Oil & Gas Limited on alternative structures and drafted the documentation necessary to return approximately $60 million of capital to its shareholders by way of a court-approved scheme of arrangement.

How we help

  • Joint venture and consortium arrangements
  • Contractual and structural, environment and planning requirements
  • Maori claims
  • Financing arrangements
  • Regulatory framework
  • All aspects of development construction and operation of energy infrastructure projects
  • Sector developments
  • Tax efficient business structures

Who can help

Christine Southey

Consultant - Competition and Regulation

Christine has held numerous senior legal and business roles during her career, including partner, general counsel, legal consultant to government and the private sector on energy sector issues, co-owner of a strategic consulting firm, regulator, board member and the chief executive of an industry body tasked with developing rules and regulations.

More specifically, her experience includes:

  • providing advice to energy sector clients on a range of policy and regulatory matters affecting the supply and delivery of electricity and gas in New Zealand
  • providing advice on economic regulation to electricity, gas and telecommunications clients
  • assisting clients in other industries on pan industry governance issues.

Christine works with corporate clients who need to engage with regulators to develop policy to ensure their perspectives are understood when considering new legislation and regulation. She also helps clients develop government relations strategy, engage with officials on matters of concern and make submissions during formal consultation processes.

A particular area of Christine’s expertise is the Electricity Act, including the regulations and rules made under that Act, the Gas Act, and the Commerce Act and the inter-relationship between these pieces of legislation.

Christine has significant practical experience in leading and participating in multidisciplinary teams to develop complex industry governance arrangements including arrangements which operate under regulatory and self-regulatory frameworks.

Christine Southey


Competition and Regulation

P: +64 4 498 5059
M: +64 27 244 7158

Jane Parker

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Jane leads the technology team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, and sits on the board of the firm’s joint venture, McCarthy Finch, investigating how legal services can be provided using artificial intelligence.

Jane specialises in commercial projects and commercial law with a particular focus on technology, procurement, public sector contracting and governance.

Jane has over 20 years of experience working in and for technology and blue chip organisations. She is trusted with clients’ most business-critical and complex technology projects, right across the technology spectrum. She is recognised as a practical option-generator, an excellent facilitator and clear communicator.

Jane Parker


Corporate and Commercial

P: +64 4 498 5128
M: +64 27 444 5993

Oliver Meech

Partner - Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Oliver is an experienced general litigator and specializes in handling complex commercial litigation, and competition, regulatory and consumer law matters.

Oliver advises on contentious and non-contentious aspects of competition, regulatory and consumer law. He advises on mergers and acquisitions, restrictive trade practices, unilateral conduct and regulation. He advises clients in Commerce and Fair Trading Act investigations and with their interactions with the commercial regulators. He advises on front-end compliance and, in the consumer law area, has represented clients before the courts and before the Advertising Standards Complaints Board.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 describes Oliver as “a well-reputed competition and consumer law specialist, with one client praising his ‘expert strategic advice on engagement with competition and consumer regulators.’” He is also a published contributor to publications such as “The Private Competition Enforcement Review“.

Oliver Meech


Dispute Resolution and Litigation

P: +64 4 498 5095
M: +64 21 605 021

Paul Foley

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Paul practises in all areas of corporate law, has a reputation for innovative thinking, providing the input that has enabled complex transactions to be worked through to a successful conclusion.

Paul’s corporate advisory spans governance, continuous disclosure obligations, directors’ duties and Companies Act, Securities Act, Takeovers Code and Listing Rules advice. Paul also provides leading advice on strategic transactions, mergers and acquisitions, take overs, equity capital raisings, and foreign investment approvals.

He has experience as an external director, including as Chair of a publicly listed company.

Paul Foley


Corporate and Commercial

P: +64 4 498 5119
M: +64 21 948 841

Rachel Devine

Partner - Environment and Planning

Rachel provides advice on all aspects of environmental and resource management law for private and public sector clients – from design through to approval, implementation and operation.

Rachel has advised extensively on requirements for resource consents, including major industrial and infrastructure projects, and implications of planning requirements. She has significant experience in obtaining complex environmental and project approvals for developers, and advises on other environmental issues including pollution licensing and contaminated land.

Her commercial experience means Rachel can provide practical, down-to-earth solutions to environmental problems in any context – corporate transactions, planning projects or site management.

In recognition of her environmental expertise, Rachel is President of the New Zealand Resource Management Law Association.

Rachel Devine


Environment and Planning

P: +64 9 353 9912
M: +64 21 521 299

Sarah Sinclair

Partner - Construction and Infrastructure

Sarah is a highly-regarded construction and infrastructure specialist.  She has extensive experience acting for both Government and private sector clients in large-scale, complex infrastructure projects.   She is known for providing commercially pragmatic, strategic advice on infrastructure funding models, procurement strategies and contracting structures.

Sarah has extensive experience in combining the commercial components of a project with a deep understanding of procurement processes, particularly in pathfinder projects.  Sarah leads MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ roles on the City Rail Link project (CRL) and the Anchor Projects in Christchurch, meaning she is adept at conceptualising strategy and navigating challenges inherent in projects carried out in the public eye.  Sarah also has particular expertise in Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), having acted for sponsors, banks or sub-contractors on all PPPs closed or brought to market in New Zealand to date.

Sarah has been on the Board of Infrastructure New Zealand since 2012 and is an officer of the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association.  She is also a Board member of MinterEllisonRuddWatts.

Sarah Sinclair


Construction and Infrastructure

P: +64 9 353 9984
M: +64 21 532 995

Briony Davies

Partner - Public Law

Briony is an experienced advisor and advocate in public law and regulatory matters. Her expertise is in the development and application of regulatory frameworks, public law litigation and dispute resolution, privacy and data protection, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and crisis management.

Briony has provided a wide range of strategic, legal and litigation advice across the airports, electricity, gas, telecommunications, primary production/processing, transport and financial services sectors. Her clients have included large regulated corporates, government agencies, quasi-regulatory bodies, industry groups, political parties and educational institutes.

Briony Davies


Public Law

P: +64 4 498 5134
M: +64 27 444 9736

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