Project and infrastructure financing/PPP

Project financing is based on limited recourse to the assets or business of the project and requires a thorough analysis and understanding of all aspects of a project.  Buddle Findlay’s multi-disciplinary team of experts assists clients to assess and manage project risks to achieve successful project financing transactions.


Successful project financing involves the proper identification, allocation and management of project risks.  Our lawyers have extensive experience assisting our clients to structure and manage risk in all types of project financing in the New Zealand and overseas market.

Our project finance team comprises experts in finance, construction, property, resource management, regulatory, taxation, and corporate and commercial law.  We regularly act for project finance lenders, sponsors, contractors and borrowers on public private partnership's (PPP) and project finance transactions in many different industries including energy, roading and transport, telecommunications, health, water and wastewater and other public infrastructure as well as limited recourse commercial property developments.

Our team has specific experience advising on PPP transactions under the New Zealand government's PPP regime, advising both bidders and financiers on PPP projects.

We also regularly act for financiers on various cross-border lease and other asset finance transactions for aircraft, transport assets, training simulators and other major industrial assets.

  • Member of Infrastructure New Zealand

Work highlights

Acting for the project finance lenders

to the Southern Cross Next fibre optic cable project linking Australia, New Zealand, the US and several Pacific Islands

Advising lenders

in relation to project financing for various social housing projects

Acting for Central Plains Water

in relation to the project financing for its irrigation scheme project in Canterbury

Acting for a short listed bidder

on the Wiri Prison PPP project and a potential lender in relation to the Auckland Prison PPP project

Advising lenders to short listed bidders

on the NZ Schools PPP projects

Advising the project finance lender

in relation to the development and finance of a new radiotherapy facility at Tauranga hospital

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


Daniel Kelleher

Partner, Auckland

Daniel specialises in property law and has extensive experience in property sector, corporate, banking and commercial transactions…

  • DDI +64 9 358 7022
  • M +64 21 618 535


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


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


Tom Bennett

Partner, Auckland

Tom specialises in real estate, construction, procurement and local government…

  • DDI +64 9 363 0665
  • M +64 21 622 228