Banking and financial services

Buddle Findlay has been advising banks and financial institutions for more than 100 years.  We focus on providing clear commercial advice and innovative solutions to guide lenders and borrowers through transactions of all sizes and complexity.


We act for all major banks operating in New Zealand and a number of non-bank financial institutions.  We assist borrower clients with structuring and implementation of all forms of financing.  Our practice covers all aspects of banking and financial services including general corporate lending and borrowing, project and infrastructure finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, securitisation and structured finance, construction and development finance, capital markets transactions (debt and equity), corporate and institutional finance, consumer finance, asset leasing, treasury and derivative products.

  • Band 1 - Chambers Asia Pacific and Tier 1 - IFLR1000 and Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Banking and Finance
  • Affiliate member of the New Zealand Bankers’ Association (NZBA)
  • Member of the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association

Work highlights

Advising Vodafone New Zealand

on the $1.7b sale of its passive mobile tower assets

Acting for BNZ

the funder to the purchaser of Fertility Associates

Acting for the finance parties

in establishing a secured common terms structure for TGH Property, the parent company of the newly-reorganised Tainui property division

Advising Rabobank, as lender and sustainability coordinator

in relation to the upsizing of its green loan facility provided to the New Zealand Carbon Farming Group

Advising the consortium comprising Infratil and Brookfield

on the financing of the NZ$3.4b acquisition of Vodafone New Zealand.  Read more

Advising Infratil

on the financing of its acquisition of 60% of Pacific Radiology Group, valued at NZ$867m.  Read more

Our team

Daniel Collins

Partner, Auckland

Daniel specialises in banking and finance and has extensive experience working in New Zealand, the Asia Pacific and the Middle East…

  • DDI +64 9 363 0674
  • M +64 27 289 9371


David Perry

Partner, Auckland

David specialises in banking and financial services, and restructuring and insolvency law. He represents banks and financial…

  • DDI +64 9 358 7020
  • M +64 21 632 268


Hak Jun Lee

Partner, Auckland

Hak Jun specialises in banking and financial services and has extensive experience in property law and overseas investment…

  • DDI +64 9 363 0689
  • M +64 27 454 1328


Jan Etwell

Partner, Christchurch

Jan specialises in banking and finance, commercial and company law. Her experience includes acting as instructing solicitor…

  • DDI +64 3 371 3514
  • M +64 21 655 604


Julia Gabrielle

Partner, Christchurch

Julia is a commercial partner with a focus on a range of property transactions.  She has acted for both public and private sector…

  • DDI +64 3 371 3521
  • M +64 27 683 4373


Miriam Andrews

Partner, Auckland

Miriam specialises in banking and finance. Prior to re-joining Buddle Findlay in 2013, Miriam was transaction director at…

  • DDI +64 9 363 0638
  • M +64 21 491 781


Paul Farrugia

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

Paul specialises in banking and finance law and has a broad range of experience in domestic and cross-border financings with…

  • DDI +64 9 358 7042
  • M +64 21 763 476


Peter Owles

Partner, Auckland

Peter specialises in all aspects of banking and financial services law, with over 30 years' experience…

  • DDI +64 9 358 7047
  • M +64 21 750 509


Scott Abel

Partner, Auckland

Scott specialises in insolvency and debt restructuring, corporate and secured finance, and specialist personal property security and…

  • DDI +64 9 357 9387
  • M +64 21 229 1488


Terence Ng

Partner, Auckland

Terence specialises in banking and finance, corporate and commercial, and property law…

  • DDI +64 9 363 0688
  • M +64 21 281 2688


Tony Wilkinson

Partner, Auckland

Tony has a highly regarded practice acting for public and private sector clients. He is the lead tax advisor for Buddle Findlay’s most…

  • DDI +64 9 358 7066
  • M +64 27 476 6587