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.  We regularly represent international banks and financial institutions on funding and finance structures with New Zealand borrowers and counterparties.  We also regularly act for a number of New Zealand trustee companies - in appointments that range from simple unit trusts through to subordinated debt issues and complex structured finance and securitisation transactions.

  • 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

Acting for lenders and borrowers

in connection with acquisition finance for a number of transactions including the Transpacific group, The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company, Perpetual Trust, The Mill Liquorsave and Waikato Milking Systems

Advising large New Zealand corporates on financing matters

including Envirowaste, Alliance Group, Contact Energy, New Zealand Post, Infratil, and its subsidiaries New Zealand Bus, Wellington International Airport and Z Energy, SKY Television and Landcorp Farming

Advising the successful bidding consortium (Goldman Sachs and Brookfield Asset Management)

on the purchase of BOSI's NZ loan portfolio

Acting for lenders and short-listed bidders

in relation to the financing for the Wiri Prison and Hobsonville Schools PPP Projects

Acting for lenders

on the funding of various agribusiness transactions and industries, including dairy conversions, acquisition of land (including avocado orchards and kiwifruit orchards), honey and beehives, vineyards and wine sector support businesses

Advising originators, sponsors, banks, trustees, security trustees and financial institutions

on securitisation and structured finance transactions including covered bonds and the securitisation of residential and commercial mortgages and equipment lease receivables

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.…

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David Perry

Partner, Auckland

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

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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Miriam Andrews

Partner, Auckland

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

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  • 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…

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  • 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.…

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  • 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…

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  • M +64 21 229 1488


Seb Bisley

Partner, Wellington

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

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  • M +64 21 844 428


Terence Ng

Partner, Auckland

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

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  • 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…

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  • M +64 27 476 6587