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Bell Gully

HP TOWER, 171 FEATHERSTON STREET, PO BOX 1291, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 4 473 7777
Fax:
Fax +64 4 473 3845
DX:
SX 11164
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Web:
www.bellgully.com
Auckland, Wellington

Hugh Kettle

Tel:
Work +64 4 915 6929
Email:
Bell Gully

Work Department

Financial Services/Property

Position

Infrastructure and projects, Project finance, Banking and finance, Acquisition finance, Restructuring and insolvency, Water, waste and contamination, Agribusiness, Property finance, Transport, Public law

Career

Hugh's practice focuses on infrastructure development and banking and finance. He has been closely involved in the introduction of public private partnership (PPP) procurement to New Zealand, and assisted the Treasury on its establishment of the New Zealand model PPP contract framework.

Hugh subsequently led the Bell Gully teams advising the Crown on the first five New Zealand PPP projects, the Auckland South Corrections Facility at Wiri, the Auckland Prison redevelopment, the Transmission Gully Motorway, the Hobsonville Point Schools project and the Schools PPP 2 project. He is currently part of the team advising the NZ Transport Agency on the proposed Puhoi to Warkworth state highway PPP, and is advising Hawke's Bay Regional Company on the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.

Hugh's banking and finance practice focuses on property finance (both development and investment), project finance, acquisition finance and the sale and purchase of debt portfolios. He also advises on general bilateral and syndicated loan matters and on local authority funding arrangements.

He has acted for creditors and insolvency practitioners on several large restructurings and insolvencies across a range of sectors, as well as providing general corporate insolvency advice.
Admitted - 1997 New Zealand International Career: Allen & Overy, London 2002-2005.

Education

LLB(Hons), BA, Victoria University of Wellington.


New Zealand

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Bell Gully is 'first class and has an exceptionally strong finance team that is commercial and responsive, and provides fantastic service'. 'The advice is always spot on, every time', remarks one client. Derivatives and structured finance partner David Craig in Wellington leads the practice, which calls on experienced partners in Auckland, including securitisation expert Murray King (who has 'unparalleled knowledge of the law and years of experience at the top'), debt restructuring specialist David McPherson (who is 'always very responsive and can turn his mind to any type of deal'), and special counsel Liz Lim (who handles both debt and equity funding matters). Lim and associate Fran Burley are 'excellent assets to the practice; both have great commercial acumen'. In Wellington, Hugh Kettle advises on major infrastructure projects and finance transactions, including property finance project finance, acquisition finance and the sale and purchase of debt portfolios. The firm's highlights in 2017 included advising Fletcher Building on a NZ$750m fundraising through an underwritten offer to shareholders, and acting for HNA Group in the financing of its NZ$660m acquisition of UDC Finance from ANZ Bank.

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Projects and resource management (including environment)

Within: Leading individuals

Hugh Kettle - Bell Gully

Within: Projects and resource management (including environment)

Bell Gully provides 'excellent service and thoughtful advice and understands the commercial imperatives'. 'The advice mirrors clients' strategic objectives and delivers the outcomes they seek'. Its work encompasses complex projects in the private and public sectors, energy and natural resources matters, and environmental law for clients including Auckland Transport and Crown Infrastructure Partners. In Wellington, projects specialists Hugh Kettle and David Chisnall lead the practice, and key partner Andrew Beatson has 'excellent legal knowledge coupled with commercial acumen; he is strong at finding solutions to unique situations'. Energy partners David Coull and Chris Gordon (who 'quickly identifies the key issues and is always calm and solution-focused'), and public law expert Simon Watt are standout practitioners. Senior associates Claire Harmsworth, the 'helpful, commercial' Toni Forrest and the 'thorough, lovely-to-deal-with' Angela Harford are also recommended. In Auckland, infrastructure partner Tom Bennett stands out for his work regarding Auckland’s transport infrastructure. 'Her advice is both concise and exact, and she turns work around very quickly and efficiently', say clients of senior associate Natasha Garvan.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Bell Gully¬†'provides high levels of service, its responsiveness is consistently excellent and the firm has real depth and breadth of property law expertise coupled with sound commercial acumen'. In Auckland, real estate practice head¬†Andrew Petersen¬†is 'highly responsive and displays excellent commercial judgement'. He advised TńĀmaki Redevelopment on the development of a mixed tenure housing project that was converted from social housing.¬†Karl Anderson¬†and Wellington-based¬†Hugh¬† Kettle¬†also played key roles. Among the firm's standout practitioners are¬†Jane Holland,¬†who handled an acquisition for Vital Healthcare Property Trust,¬†Simon Ladd¬†and construction, infrastructure and local government specialist Tom Bennett,¬†who is 'a star - his expertise in the construction area makes him a top lawyer, and he is pragmatic, effective and conscientious'.¬†David Chisnall¬†is among the most experienced¬†commercial property partners in the country. 'Thorough-yet-pragmatic' special counsel Sally Whincop¬†and senior associates¬†Ian Becke¬†and¬†Paula Ormandy¬†are also recommended.

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Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Within: Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Bell Gully is 'very prompt in responding to questions and has a good communication style, so it relates well with clients' and provides 'very good value for money and good industry knowledge, as it is up-to-date with the latest case law'. The firm acts for Air New Zealand, the country's leading airline, handles large roading projects, and also advises on rail and maritime matters. In Wellington, Andrew Beatson, PPP expert Hugh Kettle and construction partner Hugh Kettle acted for New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport as part of the Supporting Growth Alliance, which will focus on the development of urban growth areas in Auckland until 2022. The 'personable, pragmatic and conscientious' Bennett is 'a top operator and an authority on the public transport sector; coupled with his expertise in the construction area this makes him formidable'. In Auckland, department head Torrin Crowther is recommended for competition law matters in the aviation and shipping sectors. Senior associate Natasha Garvan is also recommended for environment and resource management matters relating to transport projects.

Bell Gully is 'very prompt in responding to questions and has a good communication style, so it relates well with clients' and provides 'very good value for money and good industry knowledge, as it is up-to-date with the latest case law'. The firm acts for Air New Zealand, the country's leading airline, handles large roading projects, and also advises on rail and maritime matters. In Wellington, Andrew Beatson, PPP expert Hugh Kettle and construction partner Hugh Kettle acted for New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport as part of the Supporting Growth Alliance, which will focus on the development of urban growth areas in Auckland until 2022. The 'personable, pragmatic and conscientious' Bennett is 'a top operator and an authority on the public transport sector; coupled with his expertise in the construction area this makes him formidable'. In Auckland, department head Torrin Crowther is recommended for competition law matters in the aviation and shipping sectors. Senior associate Natasha Garvan is also recommended for environment and resource management matters relating to transport projects.

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