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James Caird

BA LLB(Hons)


P+64 9 977 5187

M+64 21 582 673

James Caird

James is a partner in the firm's banking and finance department. He is a commercial litigator, with particular expertise in banking and finance litigation, and restructuring and insolvency litigation.

James advises on all aspects of restructuring, turnaround, and insolvency law. He acts for financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, directors, and creditors on both contentious and non–contentious matters. James regularly acts on complex restructurings, cross–border insolvencies, directors' duties claims, voidable transaction claims, asset-tracing and fraud claims, and security disputes.  

James also acts for parties in general corporate/commercial disputes, including shareholder disputes and disputes relating to limited partnerships, incorporated societies, and joint ventures. He is experienced in litigation-funded claims.

James regularly appears in court, in arbitrations, and other alternative dispute resolution processes.

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Restructuring & Insolvency 2020 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Restructuring & Insolvency 2019 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asialaw Leading Lawyers Guide Banking & Finance | Restructuring & Insolvency 2018 - Leading Lawyer
  • The International Who’s Who Legal Restructuring & Insolvency 2018 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Pumpkin Patch - acting for McGrathNicol as administrators and liquidators of NZX listed Pumpkin Patch and associated companies
  • Wynyard Group - acting for KordaMentha as administrators and liquidators of NZX listed Wynyard Group and associated companies
  • MediaWorks - acting for TPG Capital on the acquisition of senior debt and restructuring of syndicated debt
  • Insurance - acting for KordaMentha as receivers of Herbert Insurance and McGrathNicol as liquidators of HIH Insurance
  • Property, construction and agricultural receiverships - acting for major trading banks and/or receivers on property related receiverships
  • Finance companies - acting for the receivers of various failed finance companies, including Lombard Finance & Investments, Strategic Finance, Dominion Finance Holdings, and NZF Money
  • Fraud claims - acting for employers on various employee fraud claims

Other Credentials

  • Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association of New Zealand (RITANZ) - Member
  • Banking & Financial Services Law Association (BFSLA) - Member
  • Inns of Court, London - Pegasus Scholar (2006)