Specialising in banking and finance law, Michael has wide-ranging experience in complex and structured financing arrangements. His expertise comes from his time spent within the firm and his period in the corporate world.

From 1998 to 2006, when Michael was a Partner at Chapman Tripp, he specialised in the design and execution of complex cross-border financing transactions and was consistently ranked by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer.

For six years following that, before his return to the firm as a consultant, Michael was a member of the core executive team at Heartland Group (an NZX Top 50 listed entity). As Head of Strategy, he led the mergers and acquisitions team, identifying and executing strategic growth opportunities.

This hands-on experience means that Michael adopts a client’s perspective, working with them to identify and implement effective solutions to the hurdles and complexities in executing transactions.

Recent highlights

  • Advising New Zealand registered banks on regulatory capital structures.
  • Working with New Zealand financial institutions on the structuring and execution of acquisition opportunities.
  • Assisting New Zealand financial institutions on the structuring on their own funding arrangements.
  • Advising and acting for corporate borrowers (both New Zealand centric and international) on funding arrangements including in connection with major acquisitions, mergers and disposals. This includes advising Blackstone Funds on arrangements in connection with its 2019 acquisition of the commercial precinct in Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, valued at $635m.
  • Representing banks and other institutional lenders (both New Zealand centric and international) on funding arrangements with New Zealand corporate borrowers. This includes acting for the offshore-based second tier lenders on the 2019 leveraged acquisition (by funds advised by APAX partners) of the Trade Me Group, valued at $2.65b.
  • Advising New Zealand corporates and their boards on solvency-related issues, including the implementation and operation of standstill and restructuring arrangements.