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Senior Associate

Edward Fear



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Edward Fear

Edward is a senior associate in our Auckland banking and finance group.

He predominantly advises clients on property finance transactions (both investment and development) in relation to a wide-range of property assets, including residential property, hotels, student accommodation and other commercial property. He has also advised on a number of corporate banking and leveraged and acquisition finance transactions.

Prior to joining Simpson Grierson, Edward was part of the real estate finance team of Hogan Lovells in London where he acted for various major European banks, funds, other financial institutions as well as sponsors on a range of bilateral and syndicated debt financings and re-financings, often with a cross-border element.

He has also undertaken a number of client secondments including (most recently) with Bank of New Zealand and, in 2016, with HSBC in London where Edward worked closely with the investment bank's Real Estate Finance team. Through this work he has gained valuable insights into the business needs of major banking clients providing him with a deep understanding of how he can continue to provide quality, thoughtful and pragmatic legal advice.

Examples of Work 

  • A major New Zealand bank - funding for a $300 million plus development of a Hyatt hotel in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter
  • A New Zealand wholesale property fund - negotiating its club facility arrangements to provide long-term finance for eleven industrial and commercial properties
  • Adamantem Capital - acting on its acquisition of Hellers and Moira Mac's businesses
  • 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
  • HSBC Bank plc - advising on its approx. £500 million refinancing with Deutsche Bank of a major shopping centre owned by a UK listed company
  • Macquarie Bank - advising on the financing of the acquisition of three central London office buildings by a Jersey based borrower
  • A syndicate of UK and Irish banks - advising in relation to a £100 million+ senior development financing of a 5 star hotel complex in East London

Other Credentials 

  • Royal College of Science - Associate
  • APLMA - Member