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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 financing transactions, and corporate restructuring and insolvency.

He advises financial institutions and borrowers on a range of finance products, with particular expertise in corporate and institutional finance; infrastructure and project finance; local authority finance; property finance; and finance regulation.

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

  • Asia-Pacific Legal 500 Banking & Finance 2021 | Restructuring & Insolvency 2021 - Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific Banking & Finance 2021 | Restructuring & Insolvency 2021 - Up and Coming Lawyer

Examples of Work


  • Working with lending syndicates and clubs on debt facilities provided to a range of corporates and institutions, including BP Oil New Zealand, Fulton Hogan, Silver Fern Farms and Genuine Parts Company
  • Acting for a range of corporates and institutions in connection with their debt facilities, including Port of Napier, Pumpkin Patch, Victoria University and Solid Energy
  • Advising the Crown on the design and implementation of the Infrastructure Levy Model, a new infrastructure funding and financing tool enabled through the enactment of the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act 2020
  • Wellington Gateway Partnership - advised on the financing of the Transmission Gully PPP project
  • Acting for financiers on various social housing and shared equity housing projects
  • Advised the Crown and major shareholding local authorities on a restructuring of LGFA’s borrowing programme to facilitate access to Council-controlled organisations
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Development - advised on debt facilities provided under the Housing Infrastructure Fund
  • Wellington City Council - advised on a $75 million debt underwrite (with Infratil) for Wellington International Airport
  • Leading local authority finance practice in New Zealand, covering debt facilities, commercial paper programmes, derivative arrangements, LGFA finance and participation in public private partnerships
  • Advised on various debt capital markets transactions, including in relation to Solid Energy, Z Energy, Wellington International Airport, Meridian and Summerset
  • Advising New Zealand banks on a range of property finance facilities (both development and investment)

Restructuring and Insolvency

  • Advised the senior bank lender on the financial restructuring of the TAB
  • PwC - advised as receivers of Ebert Construction, the first formal insolvency to test the retention money trust regime under the Construction Contracts Act 2002
  • Solid Energy - advised the state-owned enterprise on its major debt restructuring, subsequent ground-breaking voluntary administration, and asset sale process
  • McGrathNicol - advised as administrators of NZX-listed Pumpkin Patch
  • Calibre Partners - advised as administrators of Woosh Wireless
  • Grant Thornton - advised as receivers of the Woolley Group
  • PwC - advised as receivers of domestic air carrier Air Wellington;
  • Advised receivers of various finance companies including Lombard Finance & Investments and Strategic Finance
  • Advised banks and other financial institutions on various special situations and exit strategies

Other Credentials

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