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Cavell Leitch appointed to assist Guoxin International play a part in upcoming Christchurch infrastructure and construction projects

24 September 2015

One of the world’s largest infrastructure companies, Guoxin International Capital Group, has selected Cavell Leitch to be their New Zealand lawyers. Guoxin International were seeking to partner with specialist local experts and our firm was selected as the preferred legal advisors because of our recognised expertise in property development, commercial agreements and immigration along with our absolute commitment to being the South Island’s best law firm.

Guoxin Group has been involved in leading more than NZ$750,000,000,000 worth of construction projects over the last 16 years including Olympic stadiums, power stations, bridges, ports and railways. They are keen to play a part in the rebuild of Christchurch if suitable projects can be found.

Through their tendering platform Guoxin Group has direct access to the supply chain of manufacturing within China as well as access to China’s top designers, engineers and other experts. They are flexible in their approach as to what exact role they might be able to play to assist the Government, Council or any private companies with upcoming substantial projects.

Whilst client confidentiality is of paramount importance to our firm, our involvement in acting locally for Guoxin Group was broken by various media yesterday including articles on ScoopNBR and NZ Herald as well as interviews on National Radio.

Where to from here for the Christchurch rebuild?

The effect of the Christchurch earthquakes has seen Canterbury ask a lot of our insurers, our local investors, our Council and our Government and they have all contributed heavily and continue to do so. We in Christchurch are immensely grateful to the support we have received as we recover from the decimation of our city. However, at some stage we need to begin standing on our own feet. 

Now that we are into the substantial rebuild phase of our recovery, if there is a way that projects can be completed sooner, more cost effectively or funded in ways other than increased council rates and nationwide government taxes, then we believe that we have a duty to explore these opportunities. This might include consideration of some mixed ownership or PPP models.

It is clear that all Cantabrians seek our rebuild to result in a modern, accessible, inspiring Christchurch - ensuring that our city remains an incredibly desirable place to work, learn and live.  At Cavell Leitch we are excited to be playing our small part in helping to make this a reality.

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