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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

  • Advising The Treasury and Department of Internal Affairs on the design and implementation of the Infrastructure Levy Model
  • Advising MHUD in connection with the Housing Infrastructure Fund
  • Leading local government finance practice in New Zealand, covering debt facilities, commercial paper programmes, derivative arrangements, LGFA funding and participation in public private partnerships
  • Wellington Gateway Partnership - advising on the financing of Transmission Gully PPP
  • Lincoln University - funding arrangements for the development and construction of the Lincoln University / AgResearch $206 million joint facility
  • Fulton Hogan - $900 million corporate debt facilities (acting for Westpac, ANZ, BNZ and MUFG)
  • Port of Napier - refinancing of club facilities in connection with its IPO on the NZX
  • Oceana Gold - $225 million term and revolving credit facilities
  • Solid Energy - restructuring of $400 million term and performance bond facilities
  • Silver Fern Farms - seasonal syndicated debt facilities (acting for Westpac, HSBC, Rabobank and CBA
  • Pumpkin Patch - $57 million debt facilities for the NZX listed company
  • Advising Westpac, ASB and Kiwibank on property finance facilities (both development and investment)
  • Advising statutory supervisors of various debt issuance programmes in New Zealand
  • Advising domestic and offshore financial institutions on regulatory matters in New Zealand

Restructuring and Insolvency

  • Solid Energy - two creditors’compromises (involving a debt rescheduling and debt-for-equity swap), voluntary administration, and a number of DOCA-mandated sale and purchase transactions
  • Advising PwC as receivers of Ebert Construction
  • Advising KordaMentha as administrators of Woosh Wireless
  • Advising McGrathNicol as administrators of Pumpkin Patch
  • Advising Grant Thornton as 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
  • Advising Westpac and ASB on debt enforcement, restructurings and debt sale transactions

Other Credentials

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