A leading capital markets, banking and structured finance lawyer, Ross advises on a broad range of syndicated and bilateral funding transactions including asset-backed and other limited recourse structures, and sustainable finance.

Ross also advises on derivatives (including financial markets infrastructures), securitisation structures and transactions, securities law and prudential regulatory matters, and infrastructure financing arrangements.

Ross has helped develop new markets, including the Kauri Bond market, and advises a range of local and international issuers and arrangers. He also counsels on structured and vanilla derivatives transactions, documentation and related collateral arrangements.

Ross has recently been recognised on the KangaNews Award Market People of the Year 2019 list and has also been awarded an INFINZ fellowship for his contribution to the New Zealand capital markets.

He is recognised as a Band 1 lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2020, highly regarded by IFLR1000 2020 and recognised as a leading individual by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020. He is also listed in the International Who’s Who of Capital Markets Lawyers and is recognised in the Best Lawyers in New Zealand directory for Banking Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Structured Finance Law.

Recent highlights

Has advised:

  • a broad range of local and international issuers on retail and wholesale capital markets programmes and transactions, including green and sustainable bonds
  • lenders and borrowers on bilateral, club and syndicated financing facilities including and LBO, asset-backed and sustainability-linked loans
  • central and local government agencies on infrastructure funding and financing arrangements
  • banks, non-bank lenders and government agencies on prudential and capital adequacy matters
  • financial institutions, corporates and sovereign wealth funds on vanilla and structured derivatives transactions; and related netting, collateral and clearing arrangements
  • numerous warehouse and term-out securitisation transactions.


  • Board member INFINZ and Australian Securitisation Forum (NZ)

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Ross Pennington receives INFINZ Distinguished Fellowship appointment

Pennington shone under the spotlight at the annual INFINZ Awards, where he was recognised with a Distinguished Fellowship appointment for his significant and valuable contribution to New Zealand’s finance and capital markets industry.

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Finance partner recognised as Market Person of the Year

Ross Pennington has been recognised by KangaNews for his contribution to the development of the Australian and New Zealand debt markets.

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RBNZ's proposals would benefit from an arbiter

The proposal is well within its prudential regulation remit but could have major repercussions for the economy.

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Impact investment poised for lift off

​Increasing investor interest, evolving data capability and rapid advances in markets are aligning to create the conditions for a growth surge in impact investment in New Zealand.

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Dealing to the infrastructure deficit

New Zealand’s sagging infrastructure is inhibiting the economy and our quality of life, in the form of gridlock, lost production, unaffordable housing, environmental degradation, and more...

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