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 the arrangers and finance parties

in relation to the arrangement and syndication of the new three-year, unsecured revolving credit facility for Air New Zealand

Advising the lender

in its funding of Direct Capital's investment in the Wet & Forget Group

Advising Bank of New Zealand

in its funding of Direct Capital's acquisition of the Hiway Stabilizers group

Advising the respective lenders

in their funding of the Eastland Group and the Eastland Generation groups of companies

Advising various lenders

in their respective funding to entities within the FirstCape group

Advising the lender

to private equity firm Castlerock in the acquisition of a majority stake in New Plymouth based HQ Travel Group