Partner - Banking and Finance
With an extensive career in general banking, corporate finance and project finance matters, Tom provides advice to a number of industries including financial services, infrastructure, government as well as energy and resources.
Tom has led secured and unsecured syndicated lending, restructuring and acquisition, leveraged finance and project finance transactions. He is widely recognised for acting on all the major government PPPs and private sector project finance transactions.
Amongst his many accolades, Tom is named as a leading New Zealand lawyer for banking and finance in Chambers Global and the International Financial Law Review, and recognised by Who’s Who Legal for project finance and banking.
Sale of gas storage facility
Advised an international banking syndicate in relation to the sale of Contact Energy’s Ahuroa gas storage facility in Taranaki to Gas Services New Zealand.
Central Plains Water Irrigation Project
Advised the banking syndicate on Stage 1 and 2 and the Sheffield rural irrigation project.
Vector Gas and Maui Gas Pipeline acquisition financing
Acted as bank counsel to the syndicate of banks in their financing of Australian utilities investor Colonial First State Funds’ separate successful bids for the acquisition of all the shares in Vector Gas Limited and the Maui gas pipeline assets.
Project finance and hedging facilities for school project (PPP)
Acted for the lending syndicate and hedge counterparties providing project finance and hedging facilities to fund the design, construction and maintenance of four schools throughout New Zealand. Tom has advised on all the PPPs in New Zealand to date.
El Monte Rents Inc acquisition
Acted as legal counsel to Tourism Holdings Limited on its syndicated facilities. The transaction included an acquisition facility for the strategic acquisition of El Monte Rents, an acquisition which makes the company the second largest RV rental operator in North America.
New Zealand Pharmaceuticals acquisition financing
Advised the lender on its role to Archer Capital for the acquisition, which involved negotiating and providing advice to the bank for the financing provided to Archer Capital and on the acquisition documents.
Tauranga Social Housing Transfer Project
Advised the lender on its financing of Accessible Properties for the Project.
Auckland East Prison PPP
Acting as counsel to Next Step Partner’s bank and hedge counterparty on the Auckland East Prison PPP.
- 2004, England and Wales
- 1998, New Zealand
- LLB (Hons) University of Canterbury
- BA (Political Science) University of Canterbury
- Corporate Finance
- Major Projects
- Project Finance
- Public Private Partnerships
- Structured Finance
- Ranked as a leading banking and finance lawyer, Chambers Asia Pacific
- Ranked as a leading banking and project finance lawyer, IFLR1000
- Ranked as a leading Bankinf and Finance lawyer, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
- Winner - Project Finance Lawyer of the Year New Zealand - Corporate LiveWire 2016
- Recognised by Best Lawyers for Banking Law, Project Finance and Project Finance and Development Practice
- Recognised by Who's Who Legal: Banking 2019 - a guide to the world’s leading banking lawyers