Buddle Findlay

Banking & Finance Department

New Zealand
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What the team is known for Dedicated nationwide team that operates across all aspects of banking and finance. Excellent reputation advising major banking clients on multi-jurisdictional projects and financial services regulation. Offers specialist knowledge and experience in PPPs across the real estate and agriculture sectors, and represents both domestic and overseas institutions on complex borrowing structures and substantial multi-bank transactions. Also offers considerable expertise on debt restructuring issues.

Strengths Clients are swift to endorse the firm, with one client stating: "They have a collaborative and pragmatic approach, great commercial acumen and the ability to explain complex legal matters in common terms."

Another interviewee reports: "They do a prompt turnaround and communicate well."

Work highlights Acted for Contact Energy on its USD69 million green bond issuance.

Notable practitioners

Miriam Andrews is described as "very outcome-focused" by one client who goes on to add: "She gets things done quickly and highly efficiently." She is particularly highly rated for her work on restructuring mandates as well as property and acquisition finance transactions.

Head of department Paul Farrugia comes highly recommended in the market, with one client stating: "He is extremely commercial, approachable and knowledgeable."He offers experience acting on domestic and cross-border acquisition financings and LBOs, assisting both borrowers and lenders.

Leading practitioner Peter Owles regularly handles securitisation projects and structured finance transactions, advising a broad range of high-profile banks. He draws high praise in the market, with one client enthusing: "He's particularly good at finding resolutions to complex issues in a calm and constructive manner."