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Kevin Counsell is an economic expert specialising in environmental, infrastructural, competition and regulatory economics. He provides economic analysis on environmental policies and commercial infrastructure decisions affecting the environment, and has served as an expert witness before the New Zealand Environment Court and independent hearings panels. He regularly advises clients on issues relating to mergers and anticompetitive behaviour, and the regulation of utility companies. Mr. Counsell's experience spans a wide range of geographies, including, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and Asia.

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In the environment and infrastructure space, Mr. Counsell has considerable experience assessing the costs and benefits of environmental regulations, and analysing the economic impacts of investments affecting the environment. His recent case experience includes economic analysis in respect of transport investments, a marine reserve, a mining operation, an aquaculture farm, regulations affecting agriculture and horticulture farming, and zoning regulations for a property development. Mr. Counsell also has extensive experience on issues relating to water and climate change policy, including, approaches to implementing water markets, policy design for the water and waste water sectors, and emissions pricing and trading polices.

In competition and regulatory economics, Mr. Counsell advises clients on the competitive effects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, anticompetitive behaviour, contracting issues, foreclosure and price fixing. He has provided economic advice to both utility companies and government regulators on the design and operation of regulated pricing frameworks across a host of industries, including, telecommunications, post, electricity, gas, water and airports.

Education

  • MCA in economics, with Distinction; Victoria University of Wellington
  • BCA in economics, with Honours (First Class), Victoria University of Wellington
  • BSc in mathematics, Victoria University of Wellington