Partner, Auckland

Paul Farrugia

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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 listed as a 'leading lawyer' by Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, and Asialaw Profiles

Work highlights

Advising the syndicate of lenders

on the funding provided to ASX-listed Xero

Acting for the lender to Ascot Radiology

in relation to 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


Alternate contacts

Peter Owles

Peter Owles

Partner, Auckland

Peter is a specialist in all aspects of banking and finance law, with over 25 years experience. As well as general banking and finance...

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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...

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  • M +64 21 632 268