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Chapman Tripp

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Josh Blackmore

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Chapman Tripp

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Corporate and commercial, projects and resource management




Josh is co-head of our energy and natural resources sector group.  He specialises in corporate and commercial transactions, with a focus on M&A and securities law, and has an extensive range of experience advising clients involved in New Zealand’s energy and infrastructure sectors. Josh returned to Chapman Tripp in 2011 after two and a half years in Moscow where he worked at leading Wall Street firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.  During his time in Moscow, Josh advised private and listed clients including TPG and global energy giant Gazprom, one of the world’s leading natural gas producers.  Josh has played a lead role on some of New Zealand’s most significant transactions and projects in New Zealand’s energy and infrastructure sectors over the last 12 months.


Member of the New Zealand Law Society


LLB (Hons), BA, University of Canterbury

New Zealand

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Chapman Tripp has one of the country's largest corporate and commercial practices and, in 2017, it handled the largest volume of work of any firm. It acts for all of the major New Zealand private equity firms, both of the country's sovereign wealth funds (Guardians of NZ Superannuation Fund and Accident Compensation Corporation), and more than 30 of the top 50 NZX-listed companies. Among its clients are Vector, Z Energy, Royal Dutch Shell and Zurich Insurance Group. The practice is led from Auckland by Tim Tubman, whose  recent highlights include acting for New Zealand Superannuation Fund on the purchase of a 41% stake in Fidelity Life Assurance. Pip England, who stands out for M&A and property syndication matters, also led that transaction. Roger Wallis advised Trilogy on its NZ$205m sale of shares to CITIC Capital Partners. John Strowger acted for Pencarrow Private Equity in the sale of clothing manufacturer Icebreaker. Also recommended are ECM expert Rachel Dunne and Joshua Pringle. Josh Blackmore is the key partner in Wellington and he counts Beach Energy among his clients.

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Projects and resource management (including environment)

Within: Projects and resource management (including environment)

Chapman Tripp delivers 'service of a high standard and has extensive industry knowledge and experience, which is invaluable'. The firm handles high-profile projects for clients including New Zealand Transport Agency, Mercury Energy, Shell, Powerco, Z Energy and Queenstown Airport Corporation. The practice is led by three partners - head of the Auckland environment team Paula Brosnahan, energy and natural resources specialist Catherine Somerville-Frost and head of construction Brian Clayton - who are all based in Auckland. Clayton assisted Solomon Islands Electricity Authority, Solomon Islands Government and International Finance Corporation with the Tina River Hydropower project, which involves the development of a new 15MW hydro power plant with the capacity to upgrade to 20MW. Christchurch-based litigator Jo Appleyard has more than 25 years’ experience in providing strategic advice on environmental and resource management issues. She acted for Lyttelton Port Company in three large consenting projects in the South Island, including the channel deepening in Lyttelton Harbour. Wellington-based Josh Blackmore, who is co-head of the energy and natural resources practice, is also recommended.

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