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Josh Cairns



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M+64 21 828 158

Josh Cairns

Josh is a partner in the banking and finance department and heads the firm’s transactional team in Wellington.

He is a specialist in corporate finance and corporate restructuring and insolvency assignments. Josh is also recognised for his expertise in large and complex projects and commercial contracting matters.

He regularly acts for banks, corporates, public entities, local authorities and insolvency professionals, and is described by clients as “responsive, articulate and a pleasure to work with”.

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

Examples of Work

Corporate and Leveraged Finance

  • Fulton Hogan - $900 million corporate debt facilities (acting for Westpac, ANZ, BNZ and MUFG, Ltd)
  • Oceana Gold - $225 million term and revolving credit facilities
  • Solid Energy - restructuring of $400 million term and performance bond facilities
  • Pumpkin Patch - $57 million debt facilities for the NZX listed company
  • Silver Fern Farms - seasonal syndicated debt facilities (acting for Westpac, HSBC, Rabobank and CBA)
  • The Export-Import Bank of China - funding for Lianhua Trading Group’s acquisition of Prime Range Meats

Local Government Finance

  • Leading local government finance practice in New Zealand, covering debt facilities, commercial paper programmes, derivative arrangements, LGFA funding and local authority participation in public private partnerships

Property / Development Finance

  • Advising various New Zealand and offshore banks on property finance facilities (both development and investment)
  • Advising developers and investors in connection with finance facilities

Project / Asset Finance

  • Wellington Gateway Partnership - advising on the Transmission Gully PPP
  • Porirua City Council - advising on the Porirua Adventure Park project
  • Lincoln University - funding arrangements for the development and construction of the Lincoln University / AgResearch $206 million joint facility
  • The Export-Import Bank of China - various asset financings in New Zealand
  • Solid Energy - structured equipment leasing facilities with ANZ and CBA

Debt Capital Markets

  • Advising numerous local authorities in relation to participation in the Local Government Funding Agency borrowing programme
  • Advising trustees of various debt issuance programmes in New Zealand
  • Solid Energy - advice in connection with $90 million medium term notes

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 receivers and liquidators of numerous companies, including in the retail, infrastructure, agricultural, finance, manufacturing and viticulture sectors
  • Voluntary Administration of Woosh Wireless - advising the administrators
  • Voluntary Administration of Pumpkin Patch - advising the administrators
  • Advising NZ and offshore banks on a number of debt restructurings
  • Advising boards of distressed companies (both listed and unlisted) as to restructuring options and director duties

Regulatory Advice

  • Westpac - development of the Choices Offset home loan product
  • Offshore banks and financial market participants - advice on the regulatory landscape in New Zealand

Other Credentials

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