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Josh Cairns



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Josh Cairns

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

In his corporate finance practice, Josh has particular expertise in infrastructure, property and corporate finance, and debt capital markets. He also has the leading local government finance practice in New Zealand, acting for more than 50 local authorities and council-controlled organisations on debt facilities, commercial paper programmes, derivative arrangements, LGFA funding, and participation in public private partnerships.

Josh also leads the team advising the Crown on the design and implementation of the Infrastructure Levy Model, an innovative new infrastructure financing model that will be enabled through the passing of the Infrastructure Funding and Finance Bill.

In his restructuring and insolvency practice, Josh advises banks, insolvency practitioners, distressed companies and boards on formal insolvency engagements, restructurings and sales of distressed debt and assets. 

  • Asia-Pacific Legal 500 Banking & Finance/Restructuring & Insolvency 2020 - Leading lawyer
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Banking & Finance 2020 - Up and Coming Lawyer

Examples of Work

Corporate Finance

  • The Treasury and Department of Internal Affairs - advising on the design and implementation of the Infrastructure Levy Model
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Development - acting in connection with the Housing Infrastructure Fund
  • Acting for financiers on a range of syndicated, club and bilateral facilities, including for Fulton Hogan, Silver Fern Farms and Port of Napier
  • Acting for corporates on various corporate finance facilities, including Solid Energy, Pumpkin Patch and Oceana Gold
  • City Rail Link - acting in relation to Auckland’s City Rail Link, the largest infrastructure project in New Zealand
  • Wellington Gateway Partnership - acting in relation to the financing of the Transmission Gully PPP project
  • Acting for banks on property finance facilities (both development and investment)
  • Acting on various debt capital markets transactions, including in relation to Solid Energy, Z Energy, Wellington International Airport, Meridian and Summerset
  • The Crown and various major local authorities as shareholders of LGFA - acting in relation to a restructuring of LGFA’s $10 billion borrowing programme 
  • Leading local authority finance practice in New Zealand, covering debt facilities, commercial paper programmes, derivative arrangements, LGFA funding and participation in public private partnerships

Restructuring and Insolvency

  • PwC - acting for the receivers of Ebert Construction, the first formal insolvency to test the retention money trust regime under the Construction Contracts Act 2002
  • Solid Energy - acting for the state-owned enterprise in relation to two creditors’ compromises (involving a debt rescheduling and debt-for-equity swap) and its ground-breaking voluntary administration - the largest and most complex VA in New Zealand to date
  • McGrathNicol - acting for the administrators of NZX-listed Pumpkin Patch
  • Calibre Partners - acting for the administrators of Woosh Wireless
  • Grant Thornton - acting for the receivers of the Woolley Group
  • Advising administrators, receivers, liquidators and creditors of numerous other companies, including in the retail, infrastructure, agriculture, finance, manufacturing and viticulture sectors Acting for banks on various restructurings and debt sale transactions

Other Credentials

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