Downer New Zealand’s Bid For Auckland City Rail Link Project


Ashurst has advised Downer New Zealand in relation to their successful bid for the City Rail Link’s C3 tunnel and stations package.

The City Rail Link project extends Auckland’s existing railway network underground through redeveloped and new underground stations to connect with North Auckland’s Western Line.

CRLL and the Link Alliance consortium, which consisted of Downer, Vinci, SBI, AECOM, Opus and Tonkin & Taylor, signed a project alliance agreement for the design and construction of the C3 package for tunnels and main stations. The C3 – tunnel and station package is worth more than NZD$1.6 billion and is the largest package of the NZD$4.4 billion City Rail Link.

Downer Group is an integrated services company active in Australia and New Zealand.

The Ashurst team was led by partner Mark Disney (Picture), who was assisted by counsel Suzanne Cleary, senior associate Matthew Taylor, lawyers Craig Sherritt, Christine Chang and Reuben Cher (Projects); partner Jock O’Shea and counsel Paul Zanelli (Finance); partner Ratha Nabanidham and Hortense de Roux, lawyers Ivan Biros and Raphaëlle Desaleux (Corporate); partners Jeremy Chenoweth and Meredith Bennett and senior associate Melissa Yeo (Disputes).

Involved fees earner: Meredith Bennett – Ashurst; Ivan Biros – Ashurst; Christine Chang – Ashurst; Jeremy Chenoweth – Ashurst; Reuben Cher – Ashurst; Suzanne Cleary – Ashurst; Hortense de Roux – Ashurst; Raphaëlle Desaleux – Ashurst; Mark Disney – Ashurst; Ratha Nabanidham – Ashurst; Jock O’Shea – Ashurst; Craig Sherritt – Ashurst; Matthew Taylor – Ashurst; Melissa Yeo – Ashurst; Paul Zanelli – Ashurst;

Law Firms: Ashurst;

Clients: Downer;