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Andrew Harkness



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Andrew Harkness

Andrew is a partner in the banking and finance department. He heads the firm's transactional banking and finance group in Auckland, and heads the debt capital markets group.

Andrew's expertise covers the full range of transactional banking, with a particular focus and expertise in acquisition/leveraged finance, corporate finance, asset finance, distressed debt acquisition and debt restructurings, and other complex financing transactions.

He has significant expertise in debt capital markets, where he has acted on a number of retail and wholesale issuances and USPP and EMTN programmes. Andrew also has considerable specialist knowledge on acquisition/leveraged financings, where he has acted for both lenders and private equity sponsors on financing arrangements.

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Banking & Finance 2023 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Banking & Finance 2022 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asialaw Leading Lawyers Guide Banking & Finance 2018 - Market-leading Lawyer
  • Asialaw Leading Lawyers Guide Banking & Finance/Capital Markets 2016 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Adamantem Capital - acting on its acquisition of Hellers and Moira Mac's businesses
  • Acting for New York based Arena Investors LP as mezzanine funder in the roll-up acquisition by Optic Security Group of several New Zealand and Australian companies
  • Livingbridge - acting on its acquisition of Habit Group
  • Counties Power - acting on its acquisition of ECL Group Fuel Systems and ECL Group Technology
  • Archer Capital - acting on its acquisition of education provider Aspire2
  • Accident Compensation Corporation - acting on its acquisition of a 22% stake in Kiwibank
  • Acting on term loan B facilities for Hoyts Corporation and Spotless group
  • Acting for Coca Cola on its US$2 billion EMTN programme
  • Acting on numerous debt facility restructurings and special situation fundings

Other Credentials

  • Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance - Member
  • Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand - Member
  • Banking and Financial Services Law Association - Member