Senior Associate - Banking and Finance
Adrianne is a senior lawyer specialising in banking and financial services and public law, with over 10 years of experience advising on transactions in both the private and public sectors. She provides legal advice in a range of areas, including general corporate financing, property and construction financing, project finance, personal property securities issues, and recoveries, enforcement and insolvency issues.
Adrianne has significant public sector experience, particularly in relation to advising the Crown on commercial undertakings and crisis management and structuring matters. In addition, she has considerable practical experience with the machinery of government through secondment experiences.
Green finance investment transactions
Assisting New Zealand Green Investment Finance Limited (NZGIF), the green investment bank established by the Government to accelerate investment to enable New Zealand’s low carbon future, with its debt and equity investment transactions. This included a combined debt and equity investment in low emissions vehicle advisory and financing business Carbn Group, and a mezzanine debt facility provided to ‘solar-as-a-service’ provider solarZero.
Crown financial support in response to COVID-19
Appointed by The Treasury to assist with the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme (BFGS), a key component of the Government’s COVID-19 support package. The BFGS provides for up to NZD6.25 billion of Government supported loans to be made by participating banks, and was implemented following negotiation with New Zealand’s major trading banks in a matter of weeks during the 2020 Level 4 lockdown.
Advising the Crown on Tiwai smelter negotiations
Key legal advisor to The Treasury on this high profile and highly sensitive matter relating to the Tiwai smelter, a significant regional employer with material impacts on New Zealand’s electricity infrastructure. We provided advice on options for structuring any potential deals, the commercial terms of potential deals, negotiating with the owners, and Government rights with regard to environmental remediation.
Crown support for NZ Post
Advising the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and The Treasury on the Government’s funding of NZ Post. This took the form of a NZD130 million services contract to support the continued provision of mail services in the face of a changing mail environment, and an equity injection of up to NZD150 million to strengthen NZ Post’s position in response to COVID-19.
Crown support for TAB
Acted for TAB New Zealand to negotiate with The Treasury and the Department of Internal Affairs regarding financial support provided by the Crown in response to the impacts of COVID-19 on TAB New Zealand’s business. Successfully agreed and documented a NZD50 million financial support agreement between TAB New Zealand and the Crown, which allowed TAB New Zealand to continue to operate.
Progressive home ownership scheme
Primary legal advisor regarding the design and structure of Kāinga Ora’s progressive home ownership scheme, as well as its funding arrangements with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
- 2008, New Zealand
- LLB (Hons First Class), University of Otago
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Services
- Insolvency and Restructuring
- Project Finance
- Property Finance