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Josh Cairns



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Josh Cairns

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

In his corporate finance practice, Josh 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.

  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Banking & Finance 2023 | Restructuring & Insolvency 2023 - Leading Lawyer
  • Asia-Pacific Legal 500 Banking & Finance 2023 | Restructuring & Insolvency 2023 - Leading Lawyer

Examples of Work

Corporate Finance

  • 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
  • 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
  • Fulton Hogan - acted for the club lenders on $900 million corporate finance facilities for leading infrastructure company Fulton Hogan
  • Port of Napier - acted for Port of Napier on its corporate finance facilities in connection with its initial public offer
  • 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
  • Sustainable lending - acting for domestic banks on a range of sustainable and social loans, including the development of Westpac’s Sustainable Agribusiness loan product
  • Kāinga Ora - acting for Kāinga Ora on funding and delivery arrangements for infrastructure to support its large-scale projects programme in Auckland
  • Transmission Gully PPP - acted for the Wellington Gateway Partnership on the $850 million project financing of the Transmission Gully PPP project
  • DCM transactions - 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

Corporate restructuring and Insolvency

  • Optic Security Group - acted for Arena Investors on the Arena-led debt restructuring of the Optic Security Group, effected through a pre-packed voluntary administration and receivership
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pumpkin Patch - acted for McGrathNicol as administrators of NZX-listed Pumpkin Patch
  • Woosh Wireless - acted for Calibre Partners as administrators of Woosh Wireless
  • Air Wellington - acted for PwC as receivers of domestic air carrier Air Wellington
  • Woolley Group - acted for 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

Other Credentials

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