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Simon Mackley

Senior Associate

Banking and Finance

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Simon has expertise across the full spectrum of banking and finance matters. He advises on:

  • a range of corporate, acquisition and project finance transactions;

  • debt capital markets and listing and participant rules; and

  • the regulation of financial service providers in New Zealand.


Simon has advised clients on a range of matters, including:

Acquisition finance

  • Financiers to the successful bidders for the Vodafone towers network in relation to the acquisition and ongoing financing arrangements for the towers group.

  • The successful purchaser of the Advanced Personnel Management group in relation to its acquisition financing arrangements.

 Corporate finance

  • Lenders in relation to the financing arrangements for the Building Supplies (formerly Carter Holt Harvey), Canberra Data Centres and Oceana Gold groups.

  • Meridian Energy, Unison Networks, FNZ, Greymouth Petroleum and NZ Post in relation to their corporate facilities.

Project finance

  • MBIE on a broad range of project financing structures to borrowers under the Provincial Growth Fund and related funds. 

  • Turners & Growers in relation to loans to various growers.

  • New Zealand Green Investment Finance on financing arrangements to borrowers for green projects.

Debt capital markets

  • Kiwibank in relation to its recent regulatory capital issuances.

  • BNZ and Kiwibank in relation to their RMBS programmes.

  • FinTechs in relation to the issue of prepaid currency cards.

  • Meridian Energy regarding the establishment of its Green Finance Framework.

  • Meridian Energy and Unison Networks in relation to their USPP issuances.

  • Meridian Energy, BNZ and Infratil on their retail bond issuances. 

Financial regulation

  • Advising registered banks on disclosure statements, the Reserve Bank's Banking Prudential Requirements and a range of other regulatory and corporate governance matters. 

  • Westpac on the sale of Westpac Life.

  • Kiwi Wealth on the sale of Hatch. 

  • An overseas bank regarding the requirements of the various NZX participant rules.

  • Various overseas financial institutions and FinTech providers on the financial regulation of activities in New Zealand (including licensing, registration and ongoing requirements).


LLB, Victoria University of Wellington
BSc, University of Otago


Simon began his career at Russell McVeagh in 2016 and has remained at the firm since then.
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