Gerard Souness

Gerard Souness

Partner, Auckland

Finance

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T:+64 9 357 9045

M:+64 204 067 3863

E:gerard.souness@chapmantripp.com

Qualifications

BCA, LLB (Hons), Victoria University

Admitted

2006, New Zealand

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 a 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.

Recognised as a next generation lawyer in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020.

Recent highlights

  • Working with international and domestic lenders to each of Auckland University, Sky Network Television, Enviro (NZ), 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.

Affiliations

New Zealand market subcommittee of the Australian Securitisation Forum

Finance; Financial services regulation; International trade & investment; Private equity; Restructuring & insolvency

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Banks & financial institutions; Infrastructure; Construction & major projects

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