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Banking & Finance

We have decades of knowledge and experience when it comes to the intricacies of the banking and finance sector.

Simpson Grierson works with major banks, key participants in the financial services sector, listed companies, central and local government bodies, and large receivership practices.

Each of our banking and finance lawyers has particular areas of specialisation. This means that we offer expert legal advice that is directly matched to our clients' specific needs.

We offer practical and specialist advice in:

  • lending transactions, including business, trade, acquisition, project, property, and asset financing
  • financial restructuring and insolvency, including complex debt restructurings, corporate collapses, receiverships, liquidations, and cross-border insolvencies
  • debt and hybrid securities
  • structured finance (banking, finance, tax, and capital markets all in one)
  • regulation and compliance.

We also have New Zealand's pre-eminent local government funding practice.

Our banking and finance lawyers work closely with our corporate, litigation and tax specialists to advise on significant transactions and issues for the sector.

Examples of our work

  • The a2 Milk Company - New Zealand corporate financing arrangements
  • ASB - deals including development financing of Auckland’s new Hyatt branded hotel, and its first sustainability-linked loan which provided funding to Hawke's Bay Airport
  • Infrastructure Funding and Financing Programme - advising Treasury and the Department of Internal Affairs on a significant project to develop a new model for funding and financing major infrastructure projects
  • BNZ - deals including the funding of EROAD Limited, the funding of Electric Kiwi (Debt Deal of the Year at the 2021 INFINZ Awards), and the funding for Pushpay's acquisition of Resi Media
  • Archer Capital - acquisition financing of new education business Aspire2
  • Adamantem Capital - acquisition facilities for Heritage Lifecare’s acquisition of retirement villages
  • Significant M&A transactions - financing arrangements, including the acquisition of Vocus, VF Corporation’s acquisition of Icebreaker, Suntory Beverage & Food’s disposal of the Cerebos Food & Instant Coffee business, and Shanghai Maling Aquarius Company’s acquisition of 50% of Silver Fern Farms
  • Solid Energy - restructuring, including debt facilities
  • Wellington Gateway Partnership - advising on Transmission Gully State Highway Project, a $1 billion public private partnership to develop a new highway north of Wellington
  • Westpac - demerger of the institutional banking business of Westpac Banking Corporation’s New Zealand branch, involving the transfer of $6.2 billion customer loans and $5.8 billion customer deposits to Westpac New Zealand

For more examples of our work, please see our detailed expertise pages.