Banking and finance

We provide a comprehensive range of services to leading banks, financial institutions, non-bank lenders, investment banks, private equity houses and other financial sponsors, and corporate and sovereign entities.

Our team advises on the full range of finance transactions, including leveraged and acquisition finance, property finance, project and infrastructure finance including public private partnerships, derivatives, structured finance, securitisations and other asset-backed financing, and debt capital market issuances.

Our team members are recognised experts in specialist areas such as anti-money laundering, financial services and consumer credit regulation. Our team also includes New Zealand's only specialist derivatives practice, which is headed by David Craig who is New Zealand counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association.

The Bell Gully banking and finance team is consistently involved in the development of all aspects of the New Zealand loan market, including the securitisation and sustainable finance markets.

Work highlights

Igneo Infrastructure Partners acquisition of Waste Management New Zealand
Advised Igneo Infrastructure Partners on the funding aspects of its acquisition of Waste Management New Zealand.

Igneo Infrastructure Partners acquisition of Ultrafast Fibre
Advised Igneo Infrastructure Partners (formerly First Sentier Investors) on the funding aspects of its acquisition of Ultrafast Fibre (now Tuatahi First Fibre) for NZ$854 million.

Acquisition of APM
Advised King & Wood Mallesons and Bank of America on the financing of the AU$1.5 billion acquisition of a majority stake in Australia's largest provider of disability employment services, APM, by American private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners.

"An excellent finance practice, staffed with an exceptionally strong group of partners and associates who take a pragmatic and commercial approach to the matters they take on. Easy to deal with, efficient and always available. A true standout in the NZ market."

​The Legal 500 Asia Pacifi​​c 2021 - Tier 1

A client highlights the team's "commerciality and flexibility," also pointing to its ability to provide "high value in terms of overall service and legal advice provided."

Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 - Tier 1​, IFLR1000 2022 - Tier 1​​​​​