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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 and a commercial litigator. He has particular expertise in financial services litigation, restructuring and insolvency law, and company law litigation.

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

James advises financial institutions, including major trading banks, on a range of commercial and regulatory matters.

He also acts for parties in corporate/commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, breach of confidence claims, and disputes relating to limited partnerships and joint ventures. He is also experienced in litigation-funded claims and class actions.

James regularly appears in court (including seeking urgent interim relief), in arbitrations, and other alternative dispute resolution processes.

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Restructuring & Insolvency 2023 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 Restructuring & Insolvency 2022 - Leading Lawyer
  • The International Who’s Who Legal Restructuring & Insolvency 2022 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

  • Proceedings under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 relating to NZX-listed CBL Corporation and its directors and officers
  • Acting for major banks in relation to various contractual, guarantee, and security priority disputes
  • Major restructurings/insolvencies, including:
    • NZX listed-companies - acting for the administrators of Pumpkin Patch, and the administrators of Wynyard Group
    • Agricultural - acting for the administrators of Sunfruit Orchards, and the liquidators of Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre
    • Construction - acting for a major creditor in the receivership of the Kurow-Duntroon Irrigation Company, and the liquidators of Orange H Construction
    • Property developments - acting for US based investors in major property development restructurings
    • Investment funds - acting for investors in the Halifax litigation, and the liquidators of van Eyk
    • Cullen Group - acting for the liquidators of Cullen Group
    • Media - acting for TPG Media in its acquisition of MediaWorks’ senior debt and restructuring
    • Finance companies - acting for the liquidators of Lombard Finance & Investments, Strategic Finance, Dominion Finance Holdings, and NZF Money
  • Acting on statutory schemes of arrangement, including Westland Co-operative Dairy Company, Methven, and New Zealand Oil & Gas
  • Acting on various employee fraud proceedings, including obtaining injunctive relief and asset-tracing claims
  • Acting on cross-border insolvency proceedings

Other Credentials

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