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Matthew YarnellMatthew Yarnell

Matthew Yarnell

Matthew Yarnell


M:+64 27 441 6365

T:+64 4 498 6325


F:+64 4 472 7111



BA, LLB (Hons), University of Otago


1991, New Zealand


Matt specialises in corporate finance law practising principally in the corporate and structured finance, securitisation, securities and general corporate fields.

Matt was heavily involved in the development and implementation of the New Zealand Personal Property Securities Act, including preparing submissions for the parliamentary select committee and sitting as a member of the committee of the New Zealand Law Society that assisted with the development of the legislation and the education of the New Zealand legal profession.

Matt co-authored PPSA – putting the Act into practice in 2002, and presented on the introduction of the PPSA at seminars to practising lawyers throughout New Zealand.

Matt is recognised as a leading lawyer in banking & finance by IFLR 1000 and Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Banking Lawyers.

Recent experience

Matt has advised:

  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council on the NZ$200m public offer of perpetual preference shares in its subsidiary Quayside Holdings
  • Spark (formerly Telecom) on the design, build and lease agreement for its new head office building in Auckland (one of the largest single tenancy transactions in New Zealand to date)
  • Chapman Tripp as an anchor tenant in the recently completed Maritime Tower at 10 Customhouse Quay, Wellington, including development agreement, rental incentives, leases, guarantees and all other aspects of the project, including selection and engagement of tenant advisors, architects and planners
  • entities associated with Buckingham Asset Management on the refinancing of secured mezzanine debt for the Maritime Tower project
  • entities associated with Buckingham Asset Management on the establishment of secured cross collateralised mezzanine finance facilities for further developments, including the acquisition of West Plaza Tower in downtown Auckland and the senior secured debt finance for West Plaza, and
  • Transpower in relation to its US cross-border lease transactions, including sophisticated real property lease, encumbrance and security issues and arrangements.