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 IFLR, Chambers and Partners, Who's Who Legal and Asialaw and, a 'Leading Individual' by The Legal 500

Work highlights

Advising the lender

to the SPV established by Tainui Group Holdings Ngai Tahu Capital and Pioneer Capital to buy dairy technology manufacturer Waikato Milking Systems

Advising the senior lender, subordinated lender and security agent

in relation to the acquisition of King Avocado

Advising Intermediate Capital Group

on their mezzanine financing of the acquisition of Tegel by a bidder consortium led by Affinity Equity Partners

Advising Bank of New Zealand

in its funding of Dorchester Pacific's takeover of the Turners Group NZ

Advising the lender to Direct Capital

in its investment in Hiway Group and the subsequent acquisition of SAT Civil Constructions

Advising Bank of New Zealand

in its funding to Kidicorp in respect of its acquisition of ABC Learning Centres


Alternate contacts

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