Luke has a particular focus on debt and financial markets transactions. He advises clients on a wide range of banking and financial regulation matters including corporate lending, property finance, consumer lending, structured finance and applications to regulators.

Before joining Chapman Tripp in January 2015, Luke worked in London and Hong Kong on debt and equity-linked capital markets transactions including Euro Medium Term Note and commercial paper programmes, convertible and exchangeable bonds, regulatory capital and liability management. This experience provides invaluable insight to New Zealand issuers looking to establish their debt programmes domestically or expand into offshore markets.

His combined international and local experience means Luke has a wealth of knowledge to share with clients through regular commentary on such things as domestic financial regulatory developments, new product types and the impact of European market regulation on New Zealand issuers.

Luke is recognised as an Up And Coming Lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2024, and as a Next Generation Partner by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024, and a Rising Star Partner by IFLR 1000 2023.

Recent highlights

  • Assisted a subsidiary of Kāinga Ora to establish its wholesale MTN programme, create a sustainability financing framework for green and/or social finance, and with the subsequent expansion to issue world-first “Wellbeing Bonds".
  • Assisted corporate clients with New Zealand secured and unsecured bond issuances, including Metlifecare on its $100m NZX-listed secured bond issuance, TR Group on its $75m wholesale secured bond issuance and Chorus on its $500m NZX-listed fixed rate re-setting bonds.
  • Advised clients on structured debt issuances including Mercury's $300m capital notes issuance and Precinct's $150m subordinated convertible notes.
  • Structured CCB and ICBC's New Zealand debt programmes for use and clearing in Hong Kong and Europe, and assisted issuers with various Hong Kong CMU private placements.
  • Advised non-bank lenders and other clients including CFML Lending, RESIMAC, Turners and Pepper, on New Zealand lending regulations and securitisations.
  • Advised on Kauri Bond programmes and issuances for IFC (including their inaugural green Kauri bond issuance), KBN, KEXIM, Korea Development Bank, NIB and Rentenbank.


  • Member of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand.

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Challenging conditions in banking sector create growth opportunities for ‘shadow’ banks

The mesh of challenges confronting the major banks in New Zealand – including the impending final report from the Commerce Commission’s market study and the upcoming select committee inquiry into banking competition – will continue to create growth opportunities through 2024 for the shadow banking sector. That is the finding of Chapman Tripp’s latest report, The banking industry: A look ahead.

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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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Chapman Tripp advises Pepper Money on prime residential mortgage portfolio acquisition

Chapman Tripp is delighted to have advised Pepper Money Limited on its a binding agreement to acquire the New Zealand prime residential mortgage portfolio of HSBC. This is a significant deal in the New Zealand market for a non-bank lender.

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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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Debt capital markets heating up

Last week was one of the busiest on record for New Zealand issuers in the debt markets, with six offers pricing over the course of the week. After a slow start this year, the record-breaking issuance levels are a positive indicator of the markets’ health.

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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 advises on duo of international social bond offers, including world first orange bond

Chapman Tripp has assisted on two leading-edge international social bond offers closing within a week of each other, from Impact Investment Exchange and International Finance Corporation.

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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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NZ$3 billion sovereign green bond issuance set to stimulate sustainable finance market

Chapman Tripp is pleased to have advised Te Tai Ōhanga – The Treasury on New Zealand’s first sovereign green bonds and development of the New Zealand Sovereign Green Bond Framework.

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Chorus taps the European bond markets for successful refinance

We were pleased to help Chorus complete its first issue of European medium term notes (EMTN) since 2019 and its first ‘any and all’ tender offer - to repurchase existing EMTNs due to mature in 2023.

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NZ Debt Capital Markets Guidelines

The New Zealand Debt Capital Markets Guidelines, released yesterday by the New Zealand Financial Markets Association (NZFMA), are a welcome development which will support the continued growth of New Zealand’s wholesale bond market.

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Breaking into 1st division for sustainable finance

New Zealand is currently a not-so-fast follower in global terms for sustainable finance. Even though on an upward trajectory, other countries are setting a cracking pace.

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Major Dutch Bank enters Kauri Bond market

We were pleased to assist a new international sustainable bond issuer to enter the NZ Kauri Bond market.

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Chapman Tripp helps solarZero illuminate NZs solar energy resources

We are proud to have assisted solarZero to bring climate friendly solar energy to schools across New Zealand, advising the business on new funding from NZGIF.

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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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CCHL makes breakthrough sustainability bond offer

Chapman Tripp is pleased to have advised Christchurch City Holdings Limited (CCHL) on the first sustainability bond offer in the New Zealand market to be made in reliance on a specific exemption from the Financial Markets Authority.

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Mercury brings home Tilt’s wind farms

We are pleased to have helped Mercury NZ Limited acquire all of Tilt Renewables Limited’s New Zealand assets, operations and future development options.

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Chapman Tripp maintains market lead in sustainable bonds

We acted as sole legal counsel on two ground-breaking sustainable bond issuances – the first new green bond for Precinct Properties and the first sustainable development Kauri bond for AAA/AAA/Aaa-rated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

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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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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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Hundreds vote outstanding debt market performers

KangaNews received votes from hundreds of those involved in the Australian and New Zealand debt markets keen to recognise the achievements of 2020's most outstanding performers. Chapman Tripp has been named New Zealand Law Firm of the Year for the fifth consecutive year.

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Legal expert superstars promoted to partner

The partnership will be enhanced with the appointment of Nicola Swan, Luke Ford and Te Aopare Dewes to partner, effective 1 December 2020.

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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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