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Jesse Fairley

Senior Associate

Banking and Finance

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Jesse has significant experience advising financial institutions, sponsors and corporates on complex and innovative financing transactions, specialising in corporate and acquisition finance, debt capital markets, debt restructuring and liability management exercises. He also regularly advises on financial services law and regulation affecting banks and other financial institutions.


Jesse has over 10 years of experience gained in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  His experience includes advising:

  • Emergent Cold on its financing to acquire Polarcold from Scales Corporation.​
  • Inspired Education on the NZ aspects of its TLB financing to acquire ACG Schools from Pacific Equity Partners.
  • Credit Suisse as arranger and the related banking syndicates on various multi-jurisdictional acquisition and portfolio facilities to the Rank Group (including Carter Holt Harvey and Reynolds).
  • a banking syndicate on the development financing of a 227 room hotel in Queenstown.
  • the banking syndicate on the refinancing of Stride Property.
  • a NZX listed company on its sale of a portfolio company and related vendor financing.
  • Terra Firma on the £4 billion bank and bond refinancing of its Annington Homes portfolio.
  • RBS and Deutsche Bank as arrangers of the £3 billion refinancing of the AA Group, a capital structure consisting of investment grade bonds, HY bonds and senior secured term facilities with the ability to incur incremental debt under the same secured intercreditor and common terms platform.
  • RBS on its bridge financing to Venn Partners LLP to acquire a residential mortgage loan portfolio from GE Artesia Bank.
  • a major European investment bank on the wholesale restructuring of its €15 billion asset-backed commercial paper conduit programme.
  • Deutsche Trustee on the wholesale capital restructuring of the Punch Taverns group, one of the most complex European restructurings in the last decade.
  • an ad hoc group of credit funds in relation to a distressed CMBS.
  • the statutory supervisor on the merger of Aotearoa Credit Union, NZCU South, NZCU Central and NZCU Baywide.
  • Kiwi Property and Trustpower on listed bond issues (including exchange offers).
  • ASB on the establishment of its covered bond programme.
  • Kiwibank on Kiwi Capital Securities' issue of listed callable preference shares.
  • Virgin Money as originator on a number of multi-currency Rule 144A / Reg S RMBS, including the first transaction to comply with both the EU and US risk retention rules.
  • a global container shipping company on the establishment of its US$100 million multi-jurisdictional freight receivables securitisation programme.
  • JPM and Citi as arrangers on the establishment of a South African auto-loan securitisation programme.
  • Spark (then Telecom) on the liability management aspects of its demerger.

Jesse has also been seconded to the structured debt desk at RBS and to Genesis Energy.


LLB (Hons), University of Waikato


Jesse began his career at Russell McVeagh in 2008.  He returned to the firm in early 2018 after spending five years in London as an associate and senior associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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