Josh leads the firm's banking and finance national practice group. He advises on both corporate finance transactions and corporate restructuring and insolvency engagements.

He acts for a range of financial institutions and corporates on financing transactions, and has a particular focus on the infrastructure sector. Based in Wellington, Josh also regularly acts for central and local government entities on complex projects and transactions.

Josh is also a leading restructuring and insolvency lawyer. He advises on all aspects of financial restructurings and 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.

Josh is Director of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association (BFSLA), and a member of the Restructuring, Insolvency & Turnaround Association of New Zealand (RITANZ).

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024
Banking & Finance

Leading Lawyer

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024
Restructuring & Insolvency

Leading Lawyer

Asia Pacific Legal 500 2024
Banking & Finance

Leading Lawyer

Asia Pacific Legal 500 2024
Restructuring & Insolvency

Leading Lawyer

Work Highlights

IFF programme

Lead adviser to the Crown on the Infrastructure Funding & Financing (IFF) programme, including advising the Crown on the design and implementation of the programme and enabling legislation, and advising The Treasury on the IFF funding and financing of the Western Bay of Plenty Transport System Plan (the first project to proceed under the IFF programme).

Lodestone Energy

Acted for Lodestone Energy on the holdco project financing of New Zealand’s largest ever solar farm project.

Optic Security Group

Acted for a US fund manager, Arena Investors, on the Arena-led debt restructuring of the Optic Security Group, effected through a pre-packed voluntary administration and receivership.

Local authority financings

Lead adviser to the local authority sector on financing arrangements, including debt facilities, commercial paper programmes, derivative arrangements, LGFA finance and participation in public private partnerships.

Dunedin City Treasury

Acted for Dunedin City Treasury on all aspects of its $1.2 billion debt capital raising programme, including its bond programme, underwriting facilities and participation in LGFA.

 Ebert Construction

Acted for PwC as receivers of Ebert Construction, the first formal insolvency to test the retention money trust regime under the Construction Contracts Act 2002.

Kāinga Ora

Acting for Kāinga Ora on infrastructure funding and delivery arrangements to support its Large Scale Projects programme in Auckland under the $3.8 billion Housing Acceleration Fund.

Fulton Hogan

Acted for the club lenders on $900 million corporate finance facilities for leading infrastructure company Fulton Hogan.

Solid Energy

Acted for state-owned entity Solid Energy on its major debt restructurings (including under two Part 14 creditor compromises and its ground-breaking voluntary administration) and subsequent distressed asset sale process.

Port of Napier

Acted for Port of Napier on its corporate finance facilities in connection with its initial public offer.

Transmission Gully PPP

Acted for the Wellington Gateway Partnership on the $850 million project financing of the Transmission Gully PPP project.

Sustainable lending

Acting for domestic banks on a range of sustainable and social loans, including the development of Westpac’s Sustainable Agribusiness loan product.

Areas of Expertise

Insights & News