Sam Gunson

Senior Associate - Banking and Finance

Sam is a banking and finance lawyer with experience across a range of financing transactions.

Sam acts for domestic and foreign lenders and borrowers, including banks, financial institutions, private equity firms, corporates, and sponsors. He advises on a variety of transactions including acquisition finance, asset finance, real estate finance, general corporate finance, project finance, debt restructuring, and cross border financing transactions.

Sam has particular experience in leveraged and acquisition finance. He regularly acts for senior syndicate lenders, mezzanine lenders and sponsors on the financing aspects of New Zealand and cross border acquisitions.

His expertise in real estate finance includes development financing, investment financing and cross border real estate financing. He advises senior lenders, mezzanine lenders, borrowers, developers and investors.

Sam also has considerable experience in financing, sales and leasing transactions involving transportation assets, both in New Zealand and internationally. He acts for financiers, leasing companies, operators and owners in the aviation, rail and vehicle sectors.

Sam spent three years in the asset finance team at Clifford Chance in London followed by two years in the real estate finance and special situations group at Brown Rudnick in London.

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Professional background

Recent work

Infratil’s acquisition of Pacific Radiology

Advising the mandated lead arrangers in respect of the financing of Infratil’s acquisition of Pacific Radiology group (and subsequent acquisitions of Auckland Radiology and Bay Radiology).

SKYCITY carpark concession

Acting for the mandated lead arrangers in respect of the financing of Macquarie Principal Finance’s acquisition of a carpark concession from SKYCITY.

Adamantem’s acquisition of Hellers

Acting for the mezzanine lender in relation to Adamantem’s acquisition of Hellers Limited.

Acquisition of Nelson Forests

Advising OneFortyOne Plantations on the New Zealand financing arrangements for its acquisition of Nelson Forests.

Central Plains Water refinancing

Advising the syndicate lenders on all aspects of the refinancing for the Central Plains Water irrigation scheme project in Canterbury.

Investment financing for the Industre Property Joint Venture

Advising ANZ, Westpac and ICBC on their financing of the Industre Property Group – a joint venture between Stride Property Limited, listed on the NZX, and a group of international investors.

Financing for acquisition of office towers

Advising Credit Suisse Asset Management Limited in respect of the financing of the acquisition of two major office tower assets in central Wellington.

Pacifica development financing

Advising Hengyi Pacific in respect of the senior and subordinated debt facilities for the financing of the development of the Pacifica apartment tower in central Auckland.


  • 2009, New Zealand


  • LLB, BCom, University of Otago


  • Asset Finance
  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Leveraged and Acquisition Finance
  • Project Finance
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Syndicated Lending


  • Member of MinterEllisonRuddWatts' internationally recognised Tier 1 Banking and Finance team, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific