Structured finance


Our taxation and finance lawyers work closely in developing and implementing structured finance products for a number of different clients.  We have the expertise required to advise on all compliance and structural issues and the international contacts and relationships necessary to manage all types of cross-border structured finance transactions.

We regularly act for banks and financial institutions, sponsors, arrangers and intermediaries on many different types of structured and tax-efficient financing transactions including: tax-efficient financing arrangements for various asset classes and businesses; finance leases, and domestic and cross-border operating leases, of real and personal property (including aircraft); sale and leaseback transactions; group financing and capital arrangements; redeemable preference share financing; and structured securities, repos and securities lending transactions, limited partnerships, look through vehicles and managed investment funds.

Work highlights

Advising financiers and producers

on film financing structures

Advising banks as arranger and warehouse facility providers

on all aspects of securitisation transactions

Advising a financier and arranger

on repo and securities lending transactions

Advising New Zealand members of international groups

on tax-efficient inbound and outbound financing structures

Advising a New Zealand issuer

on redeemable preference share financing, including obtaining multiple binding rulings

Advising a New Zealand-based corporate group

on a complex restructure involving tax hybrid instruments

Our team

Grant Dunn

Partner, Auckland

Grant specialises in corporate and commercial law and has over 20 years experience. He previously spent six years with the London…

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  • M +64 21 888 812


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


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…

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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