Gerard specialises in corporate and institutional finance.

He advises financial institutions and borrowers on a wide range of transactional and corporate finance product offerings. He has particular expertise advising on general lending, refinancing, leveraged, project and acquisition funding transactions; securitisation and warehouse funding programmes; project and infrastructure finance; international trade, pre-export and cross-border export credit agency-backed facilities and instruments; and transactional bank product development and documentation.

Gerard is uniquely placed to understand your financing requirements having worked across the banking product spectrum both in private practice at Chapman Tripp and Linklaters and in-house at a major New Zealand bank.

He is recognised as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2024, and as a Next Generation Partner by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024.

Recent highlights

  • Working with international and domestic lenders to each of Auckland University, Sky Network Television, EnviroNZ, Steel & Tube and Restaurant Brands on their senior debt refinancings. 
  • Assisting Westpac with the establishment of receivables warehouse securitisation programmes for each of Thorn Group Financial Services and Eclipx NZ.
  • Advising Westpac as lead arranger on financing arrangements for the acquisition of two significant Todd Energy power assets.
  • Assisting Crown Irrigation with subordinated funding for the Central Plains irrigation scheme.
  • Advising Export Credit Norway, GIEK and MUFG on the export credit agency-backed financing, construction and delivery of Sealord's flagship deep-sea fishing trawler.


  • New Zealand market subcommittee of the Australian Securitisation Forum.

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Chapman Tripp named Firm of the Year at IFLR Asia Pacific Awards

Chapman Tripp has won two awards at the IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards, which celebrate the achievements of the financial law community.

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Chapman Tripp named KangaNews NZ Law Firm of the Year for eighth consecutive year

We are thrilled to have been recognised as the New Zealand Law Firm of the Year at the 2023 KangaNews Awards; our eighth consecutive win. Our finance team were also advisers for two of the other award winners.

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solarZero and New Zealand Green Investment Finance pave the way for new solar financing

solarZero has again partnered with New Zealand Green Investment Finance to become the cornerstone participant in a new NZGIF Solar Finance programme.

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The future of banking in a time of turbulence

Even before the shocks created by the recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse, the New Zealand banking system was undergoing a transformation which will make the next 10 years dramatically different to the last 80, says Chapman Tripp in The banking industry: a look ahead.

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Chapman Tripp awarded New Zealand Law Firm of the Year for the seventh year running

Chapman Tripp has won New Zealand Law Firm of the Year at the 2022 KangaNews Awards for the Australian and New Zealand debt markets.

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6th consecutive win for NZ Law Firm of the Year

We are stoked and stunned to have won New Zealand Law Firm of the Year for the sixth consecutive year in the KangaNews Awards for the Australian and New Zealand debt markets.

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A sweet result for the South Island Office with Sara Lee purchase

Chapman Tripp is pleased to have assisted New Zealand based investment group the South Island Office (through its investment entities) on all aspects of the AU$95m purchase of consumer favourite Sara Lee from McCain Foods.

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Chapman Tripp recognised as finalists in graduate recruitment industry awards

We are the only law firm to be recognised as a finalist in the 2020 New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers (NZAGE) Industry Awards, celebrating excellence throughout graduate and youth recruitment.

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