Special Counsel, Auckland

Myles O'Brien

Myles O'brien


Myles specialises in transactional banking and restructuring.  He has extensive experience on corporate transactional banking and property finance and also advises financiers and insolvency practitioners on distressed debt solutions, workouts and enforcement of security and formal insolvencies.

Myles also assists BNZ, Kiwibank, ICBC and Bank of China with security enforcements in respect of land and personal property, workouts and recoveries from guarantors.

Myles has also assisted banks with major projects such Bank of New Zealand's response to the Christchurch earthquakes and, more recently, assisting the banking industry to develop funding solutions for customers in unit title developments facing building remediation issues.

Myles spent over five years on various secondments at BNZ working closely with a range of departments within BNZ.  These secondments provided Myles with long-term first-hand experience of the issues that affect financial institutions, of how financial institutions function, and the interaction of various stakeholders within a financial institution.

  • Member of RITANZ

Work highlights

Acting for Bank of New Zealand

as secured creditor in relation to the development of Tauriko Business Estate in Tauranga

Acting for Bank of New Zealand

as secured creditor of 'The International' in voluntary administration and liquidation

Acting for Bank of New Zealand

as financier to the Sudima hotel management group

Acting for Bank of New Zealand

as secured creditor of Greys Avenue Investments and sale of 48 Greys Avenue, Auckland

Acting for Bank of New Zealand

as financier to the Classic Builders group

Acting as independent escrow agent for Body Corporates, unit owners and multiple banks

on debt funding for remediation of multi-unit title apartment properties with structural and other building failure issues

Alternate contacts

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


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


Matthew Triggs

Senior Associate, Auckland

Matthew specialises in insolvency and enforcement transactions. He also has experience in restructuring, refinancing and secured…

  • DDI +64 9 357 9399
  • M +64 21 160 0071