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Financing Transactions

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

  • The a2 Milk Company - New Zealand corporate financing arrangements
  • Adamantem Capital - acquisition facilities for Heritage Lifecare’s acquisition of retirement villages, and on its acquisition of leading smallgoods manufacturer Hellers
  • Various clients - financing arrangements on significant M&A transactions, including 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
  • BNZ - funding of EROAD Limited
  • Archer Capital - acquisition financing of new education business Aspire2
  • Arena Investors LP as funder and equity participant on the roll-up by Optic Security Group of six Australasian companies to create an integrated security products and services provider with revenues exceeding $100 million
  • 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