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 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

Advising Contact Energy

on the conversion of $305m of existing loans into sustainability linked loans

Advising the senior lenders to Southern Cross Cables

on the project financing of the US$300m SX Next Cable (fibre optic cable from Australia to Los Angeles (via New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, Tokelau and Kiribati)

Advising the senior lenders

on the acquisition of HealthScope NZ by NZ Super Fund and OTPP (Canadian Pension Fund)

Advising Zespri

New Zealand's largest kiwifruit post harvest operator, on its seasonal banking facilities.  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


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 specialises in general commercial and corporate law, banking and finance and commercial and residential property…

  • 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 an…

  • 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 an emphasi…

  • 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


Seb Bisley

Partner, Wellington

Seb specialises in advocacy and litigation, including arbitration and mediation.…

  • DDI +64 4 462 0839
  • M +64 21 844 428


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