Sam is a partner in Bell Gully's industry-leading banking and finance team. Sam advises on a wide variety of financing transactions including acquisition finance, project finance, property finance and general syndicated and bilateral lending. He also performs a key role supporting the Corporate team on M&A transactions.
Sam has acted for domestic and offshore financiers and borrowers including banks, institutional investors, private equity firms, sponsors and corporates. He is a well-respected lawyer who has demonstrated success across both banking and finance transactions and large aspects of corporate and commercial law.
Sam returned to New Zealand in 2020 following three years as a senior associate in Stibbe's banking and finance practice in Amsterdam. Prior to this he was a senior solicitor at a large New Zealand law firm where he completed secondments in Westpac banking group's institutional legal team and HSBC's legal team.
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 recommend Sam for banking and finance in New Zealand.
Metlifecare’s sustainability-linked financing arrangements
Advised Metlifecare on all aspects of its sustainability-linked financing arrangements, including the refinancing of its bank loan facilities into NZ$1.25 billion SLL facilities and the execution of the first ESG-linked derivative in the New Zealand market.
Igneo Infrastructure Partners acquisition of Waste Management NZ
Advised Igneo on all aspects of the debt funding arrangements to fund the acquisition of the Waste Management NZ Group for US$1.06 billion.
Vocus Group acquisition financing
Advised the lenders on the New Zealand financing arrangements for the acquisition of Vocus Group Limited by a consortium of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) and superannuation fund Aware Super for AU$3.5 billion.
Tuatahi First Fibre financing
Advised Igneo Infrastructure Partners on all aspects of the debt funding arrangements to fund the acquisition of Tuatahi First Fibre (previously Ultrafast Fibre) for NZ$854 million, and Tuatahi First Fibre on its subsequent refinancing.
Mondiale Group financing
Advised the lenders on the New Zealand financing arrangements for Mondiale Group, including the financing for multiple acquisitions.
Tainui Property financing
Advised TGH Property in establishing a secured common terms structure which provides the group with flexibility to enter into a range of financing products.
Advised JV borrowers on all aspects of their financing arrangements for the development of the Pullman Hotel and Novotel situated at Auckland airport.
Advised the lender on the financing arrangements to fund the development of a private hospital in Hawke’s Bay.