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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
Email:
Web:
http://www.bellgully.com
Auckland, Wellington

David Coull

Tel:
Work +64 4 915 6863
Email:
Bell Gully

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Energy, Mergers and acquisitions, Commercial, Joint ventures, Corporate governance and advisory, Environment and planning, Health and safety, Infrastructure and projects, Overseas investment, Regulatory investigations and prosecutions

Career

​​​​David advises on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, the negotiation of commercial contracts, joint ventures, and regulatory matters. He has a reputation for delivering robust commercial outcomes for his clients.

David has particular experience advising in the oil and gas and broader energy sector. He regularly advises on the acquisition and disposition of energy assets, joint ventures and farm-ins, land access and disputes, and permit-related obligations.

David's international experience includes a three year period at Cravath, Swaine and Moore, the leading US corporate law firm, where he acted for corporates such as Nestlé SA, ConocoPhillips, Bristol Myers Squibb and Citigroup on a wide variety of mergers and acquisitions and advisory matters.​

Member

Board member of Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand

Board member of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

Member of AMPLA (Resource and Energy Law Association) and AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators)

Education

BCA, LLB(Hons), Victoria University of Wellington. LLM, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.


New Zealand

Projects and resource management (including environment)

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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