Special Counsel, Auckland

Myles O'Brien

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Myles specialises in transactional banking and restructuring. Myles has extensive experience on corporate transactional banking and property finance and also advises financiers and insolvency practitioners in relation to distressed debt solutions and enforcement of security.

Myles spent over five years on various secondments at Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) working closely with a range of departments within BNZ. These secondments have 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.

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

Myles has also assisted banks with major projects such BNZ's response to the Christchurch earthquakes and, more recently, assisting the banking industry to develop funding solutions for customers in body corporates facing building remediation issues.

  • Member of RITANZ

Work highlights

Acting for Bank of New Zealand

on its development funding of, and on the subsequent sale of, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park

Acting for the NZBA and the member banks of the NZBA

to design and implement funding solutions and escrow arrangements to facilitate bank lending for body corporate building remediation

Assisting with Bank of New Zealand's

credit and lending policy responses to the Christchurch earthquakes

Acting for Bank of New Zealand

on its development funding of the Bethlehem Town Centre in Tauranga

Acting for Bank of New Zealand

on the sale of Kawati Point on Kawau Island

Acting for various banks

on funding provided to the Cotton On Group


Alternate contacts

David Perry

David Perry

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

David specialises in financial services and restructuring and insolvency law. He represents banks and financial institutions in the...

  • DDI +64 9 358 7020
  • M +64 21 632 268


Scott Abel

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