Tom Hunt

Partner

Banking and Finance

Profile

Tom is a corporate finance and debt capital markets lawyer with particular expertise in infrastructure and project finance.

He has a unique ability to understand his clients’ business objectives and manages transactions to ensure those objectives are met in the most efficient way possible. Tom has acted on some of New Zealand’s largest and most complex corporate finance and debt capital markets transactions.

Tom also has extensive experience advising his client base of banks, corporates and other financial market participants on all aspects of financial services regulation. He is regarded as a leading expert on the AML/CFT Act and also has particular expertise in relation to financial adviser legislation and all aspects of the prudential regulation of banks and insurers.

Experience

Tom has over 10 years of experience gained in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom advising major banks, corporates and insurance companies. His recent experience includes:

  • Acting for the financiers on various PPP roading transactions and social housing projects, including Transmission Gully and Puhoi-to-Warkworth
  • Acting for Spark NZ as majority shareholder on the Southern Cross Next Cable
  • Acting for the banking syndicates on various secured credit facilities provided to Graeme Hart's Rank Group (including the Carter Holt Harvey, Reynolds and Autoparts groups).
  • Acting for WEL Networks Limited, Meridian Energy and Spark New Zealand on corporate finance facilities.
  • Acting for Infratil Limited on its infrastructure bond programme (including the 2019 INFINZ Debt Market Issue of the Year)
  • Acting for CBA on its sale of Sovereign Insurance (2019 International Deal of the Year at the NZ Law Awards).
  • Acting for Meridian Energy and Spark New Zealand on listed bond issuances under the Financial Markets Conduct Act.
  • Advising financial institutions and corporates on regulatory issues including issues relating to the AML/CFT Act, RBNZ banking standards, the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act and the application of the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act.
  • Acting for New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency on the compliance listing of NZ$5.5 billion of bonds.
  • Advising Meridian Energy on its IPO.

Credentials

LLB, Victoria University of Wellington.

Professional

Tom began his career with Russell McVeagh in 2005 and returned to the firm in 2012 after working for three years as an Associate in the debt capital markets team at Maples and Calder in London.

Tom is co-author of the New Zealand chapter in The Insurance and Reinsurance Law Review - Edition 8 and the New Zealand chapter within The Law Review's Virtual Currency Regulation Review. He is listed as a top lawyer for Capital Markets Law and Banking and Finance Law by Best Lawyers® 2021 New Zealand guide. Tom is a listed lawyer by Chambers and Partners 2020.

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