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Simpson Grierson

Banking & Finance

3 ranked lawyersBand 2New ZealandAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Offers broad-based banking and finance advice, with particular expertise in property financing for funds and developers, as well as asset, leveraged and acquisition financing. Notable capability in debt restructuring, and experienced in acting for local government entities as borrowers. Clients include Asia-based banks, including large Chinese lenders, as well as institutional New Zealand banks.

Strengths

A client cites the "extensive team with a range of skills to ensure we receive sound advice" as a key advantage and adds: "Matters are dealt with in a timely manner."

Another says: "They maintain a level of accessibility and responsiveness which often sets them apart from others, and their professionalism is without question."

Work highlights

Acted for Westpac as lender on a complex transaction which forms the first stage of a large marine development in Auckland.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Harkness frequently acts for borrowers from diverse sectors, such as shipping and healthcare, on substantial acquisition finance and refinancing matters. Clients value his "ability to see the big picture for strategy and commercial rationale," as well as his "exceptional attention to detail."

Josh Cairns has a versatile practice acting for government bodies on innovative financing matters, as well as for banking and non-banking clients on high-value debt restructurings. Sources recognise him for being "pragmatic, sensible and good at getting things done."

Stuart Evans regularly assists banks with significant acquisition and property finance matters. Clients highlight his "accessibility and responsiveness" as a lead partner on transactions.

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New Zealand

Banking & Finance


Andrew Harkness
Band 2
Josh Cairns
Up and Coming
Stuart Evans
Band 3