Cathryn specialises in banking and finance law with a particular interest in corporate finance, syndications and property financing.

With expertise in multi-million dollar deals, Cathryn has acted on a wide range of banking transactions across the private and public sectors including private equity. She is very experienced in multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Cathryn is recognised as a leading individual in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021, a leading lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 and highly regarded by IFLR1000 2020.

Recent highlights

  • Advised Kathmandu on its acquisition funding for the purchase of RipCurl, across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advised Metlifecare on its $100m inaugural bond issuance.
  • Advised UP Education (formerly ACG) on its syndicated debt funding for New Zealand and Australia.
  • Acting for Augusta Capital on the debt funding for its listed industrial property fund.
  • Advising Precinct Properties on a range of debt funding matters, including its syndicated bank facilities, bond issuances and US private placements.
  • Advising Mercury on its funding arrangements including bank facilities, subordinated capital bond and US private placement.


  • Banking and Financial Services Law Association.

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Good for Kathmandu, good for the planet

We are pleased to have advised Kathmandu Holdings Limited on a three year AU$300m debt refinancing facility which includes, at AU$100m, the largest syndicated sustainability linked loan to be established by a NZ corporate.

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solarZero picks up NZGIF’s fifth investment with innovative debt facility

Our experts advised solar energy services company solarZero on a $10m investment from NZGIF, using an innovative mezzanine debt facility – demonstrating public and private sector investment into NZ green initiatives.

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Big companies better placed to weather COVID-19

Our NZX Top 50 Funding Composition report shows a clear contrast between the Top 25’s security position and that of the Second 25, reflecting the superior credit rating available to New Zealand’s largest companies.

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Inaugural issue of NZX-listed retail bonds for Arvida

Kicking off the market with New Zealand’s first retail issuance of 2021 is Arvida’s inaugural issue of NZX-listed retail bonds, diversifying its funding sources and debt tenor.

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Mercury's new green bond and green financing framework

Chapman Tripp and Mercury today jointly celebrate New Zealand’s first new retail green bond of 2020, totalling $200 million.

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Kathmandu's transformational acquisition of Rip Curl

Assisting NZX and ASX-listed Kathmandu Holdings as lead legal advisors on the NZ$368m acquisition of Rip Curl and associated debt and equity funding arrangements.

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Top 25 NZX companies not reliant on banks for funding

A more cautious approach to capital within banks and higher interest rates, coupled with greater diversity of funding sources available, have driven several of the top 50 NZX-listed companies to look elsewhere...

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