Paul specialises in banking and finance and has a broad range of experience in domestic and cross-border financings with an emphasis on leveraged and acquisition finance, syndicated lending, debt restructuring and workouts, and development and construction finance.
Prior to joining Buddle Findlay, Paul worked in the banking and leveraged finance teams at Allen & Overy in London.
Paul is the head of Buddle Findlay's financial services team. He provides general banking and finance advice for both lenders and borrowers as well as corporate and commercial advice for a number of major local and off-shore companies.
Paul also acts for banks providing funding to entities within the agriculture sector (dairy, sheep and beef, kiwifruit and viticulture) and frequently acts on the funding of intensification and conversion projects in the dairying, drystock, kiwifruit, viticulture and other capital-intensive sectors across New Zealand as well as advising lenders on the provision of alternative funding options to agriculture sector borrowers.
"Paul is an excellent relationship manager. He has an excellent understanding of the finance market and is highly regarded for his commercial, sound and detailed approach. I would regard him as one of the top finance partners operating in NZ today."
"Paul Farrugia has built up a lot of experience and industry knowledge in the health sector and I consider him the most capable banking lawyer in this sector throughout New Zealand. Paul has acted for me on several high profile transactions in the health sector and has proven his worth to the bank countless times."
"Technically strong, very commercial and manages the team and deal process well.”
- Paul is listed as a 'leading lawyer' by Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, Asialaw Profiles, and IFLR1000.
Advising the syndicate of lenders
on the funding provided to ASX-listed Xero
Acting for the lender to Ascot Radiology
on Abano's exit from its majority shareholding to the existing minority shareholders
Acting for the lender to Acurity Health Group
in its hospital sale and leaseback transactions with Vital Healthcare Group
Acting for the syndicate of lenders
on the facilities provided to Heritage Lifecare in connection with the investment by Adamantem Capital in Heritage, and Heritage's acquisition pipeline of various portfolio of aged care facilities
Acting for Bank of New Zealand
on the acquisition by Phillip Yates Family Holdings of the Pioneer Australia Seeds business from a subsidiary of New York-listed conglomerate DuPont
Acting for the lender
on the funding provided to Salus Aviation to acquire Gisborne Helicopters and the subsequent merger with Oceania Aviation