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Partner

Josh Cairns

BCA LLB

Wellington

P+64 4 924 3409

M+64 21 828 158

Josh Cairns

Josh is a partner in our banking and finance group, with particular expertise in corporate finance, infrastructure projects and corporate restructuring and insolvency.

He advises financial institutions, sponsors, and corporates on a range of finance products, with particular expertise in corporate and institutional finance, local authority finance, property finance and finance regulation. Josh also advises project sponsors, and local and central government agencies on the commercial and financing aspects of large infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on innovative funding and financing solutions.

In his restructuring and insolvency practice, Josh advises banks, financial creditors, bondholders, and directors on all aspects of restructurings, work-outs, formal insolvencies, and the sale of distressed assets and debt. He has advised on many of New Zealand’s most complex and high-profile insolvency and restructuring assignments, and is a recognised expert in New Zealand’s voluntary administration regime and personal property securities (PPS) law.

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Banking & Finance 2022 | Restructuring & Insolvency 2022 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia-Pacific Legal 500 Banking & Finance 2022 | Restructuring & Insolvency 2022 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

Corporate Finance

  • Working with lending syndicates and clubs on senior debt facilities provided to a range of corporates and institutions, including BP Oil New Zealand, Fulton Hogan, Silver Fern Farms and TAB NZ
  • Acting for a range of corporates and institutions in connection with their senior debt facilities, including Victoria University, Port of Napier, Pumpkin Patch, and Solid Energy
  • Leading local authority finance practice in New Zealand, covering debt facilities, commercial paper programmes, derivative arrangements, LGFA finance and participation in public private partnerships
  • Advising the Crown on the design and implementation of the Infrastructure Levy Model, a new infrastructure funding and financing tool enabled through the enactment of the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act 2020
  • Wellington City Council - advised on a $75 million debt underwrite (with Infratil) for Wellington International Airport
  • Advised on various debt capital markets transactions (for issuers and statutory supervisors), including in relation to Solid Energy, Z Energy, Wellington International Airport, Meridian and Summerset
  • NZ Rugby - advised NZRU in connection with the financing and structuring of New Zealand Super Rugby franchises

Infrastructure and projects

  • IFF - principal adviser to The Treasury and DIA on the design and implementation of the Infrastructure Levy Model, a new infrastructure funding and financing tool enabled through the enactment of the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act 2020
  • Eastern Porirua Regeneration Project - advising Porirua City Council on the funding and financing of infrastructure under the Eastern Porirua Regeneration Project, the first project to benefit from the Housing Acceleration Fund
  • Housing Infrastructure Fund - advised the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development on debt facilities provided under the HIF
  • Transmission Gully PPP - advised the Wellington Gateway Partnership on the financing of the Transmission Gully PPP project
  • Lincoln University - advised Lincoln University on the financing of the proposed joint campus development with AgResearch

Restructuring and Insolvency

  • Zany Zeus - advised PwC as receivers of the Zany Zeus organic cheese and dairy business
  • Drymix - advised Grant Thornton as receivers of the Drymix group
  • Ebert Construction - advised PwC as receivers of Ebert Construction, the first formal insolvency to test the retention money trust regime under the Construction Contracts Act 2002
  • Air Wellington - advised PwC as receivers of domestic air carrier Air Wellington
  • Solid Energy - advised the state-owned enterprise on its major debt restructuring, subsequent ground-breaking voluntary administration, and asset sale process
  • Pumpkin Patch - advised McGrathNicol as administrators of NZX-listed Pumpkin Patch
  • Woosh Wireless - advised Calibre Partners as administrators of Woosh Wireless
  • Woolley Group - advised Grant Thornton as receivers of the Woolley Group, a major south Island dairy operation
  • Finance companies - advised PwC as receivers of various finance companies including Lombard Finance & Investments and Strategic Finance
  • Advised banks and other financial institutions on various special situations and exit strategies

Other Credentials

  • Banking and Financial Services Law Association (BFSLA) - Director
  • Restructuring, Insolvency & Turnaround Association of New Zealand (RITANZ) - Member