Partner, Auckland

Board of Management

Paul Farrugia

Paul Farrugia


Paul specialises in banking and finance law and has a broad range of experience in domestic and cross-border financings with an emphasis on leveraged and acquisition finance (including uni-tranche funding by non-bank financiers), syndicated lending and debt restructuring and workouts.  Paul also has extensive experience advising senior and mezzanine funders in the property (incl. development) finance and agriculture sectors.

Paul heads Buddle Findlay's banking and financial services team and is a member of the firm's Board of Management. 

Prior to joining Buddle Findlay, Paul worked in the global loans and leveraged finance teams at Allen & Overy in London.

  • Paul is listed as a 'leading lawyer/individual' for banking and finance by Legal 500 and Chambers, and 'highly regarded' by IFLR1000
  • Awarded Best Lawyer and overall Best Professional at the beaton 2021 Client Choice Awards
  • Winner of Lawyer of the Year: New Zealand - asialaw Awards 2020

Work highlights

Advising Bank of New Zealand

in its green loan funding of Precinct Properties' development of a new 6-star green seismically resilient commercial office building

Advising the finance parties

on the funding of NZ Healthcare Investments' acquisition of Healthscope’s NZ pathology business Asia Pacific Health Group

Advising Mandated Lead Arranger (Goldman Sachs)

and the syndicate of lenders on AUB Group Limited‘s $850m syndicated refinancing

Advising the lender

in relation to Direct Capital's acquisition of the Hiway Stabilizers group

Advising Bank of New Zealand

in its funding of the Precinct Properties and PAG joint ventures with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to acquire commercial offices buildings

Advising various lenders

in their SPV-funding of NZ Carbon Farming entities