We act for all New Zealand trading banks, and regularly advise major banks, other financial institutions, corporates (including major listed companies), investment banks, and funds across the Asia-Pacific region. We also act for central and local government bodies.
We advise on all secured and unsecured lending facilities. These range from bilateral loans to large multicurrency facilities and cross-border syndicated loans. Individual areas of specialisation include business, trade, and industrial finance, property finance, construction and project finance (including public private partnerships), asset finance, and leveraged and acquisition finance.
In addition, we advise on credit instruments, international trade finance, credit insurance, and treasury risk management products and structures (including swaps, caps, and hedges).
Our banking and finance lawyers work closely with specialists from other fields - such as our commercial, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, tax, and property law experts - to ensure our clients receive the best legal advice on all aspects of financing.
Examples of our work
- Auckland Council - $1 billion syndicated standby facility (first syndicated facility for a local authority in New Zealand)
- Westpac - $600 million syndicated facility to finance Fulton Hogan's share buy-back and expansion into Australia
- Westpac-led banking syndicate - $300 million syndicated financing to Silver Fern Farms (formerly PPCS)
- Tuaropaki Trust - acquisition of the leading geothermal drilling company, MB Century Drilling, including obtaining the acquisition finance
- Vocus Communications Limited - financial aspects of the Australian owned company on its takeover of FX Networks for $115.8 million
- Hoyts Corporation - syndicated refinancing of the group's debt out of the Term Loan B market in the United States
- Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) - $150 million revolving cash advances facility with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Auckland branch)
- Cargill Inc - financing of Spring Creek Mining Company (an incorporated joint venture between Cargill and Solid Energy)
- Goldman Sachs - funding for acquisition of Tyco Electrical's business in Australia and New Zealand
- Maui Capital - leveraged acquisitions of various trans-Tasman businesses, including BJ Ball, Focus Paper, and Euro Corporation
- Commonwealth Bank of Australia - A$85 million funding for Navis Capital's leveraged acquisition of Retail Apparel Group