Dave Wetherell

Dave Wetherell

Partner since 2004.

Partner of another major law firm from 1991 – 2004.

Areas of expertise.

– Leading and project managing major transactions
– Mergers & Acquisitions
– Private Equity & Venture Capital
– Structured Finance & Securitisation
– Banking & Finance
– Special Situations & Restructuring
– Capital Markets


LLB, University of Auckland
BA (Hons, First Class), University of Otago


ddi: +64 9 921 6003
mob: +64 29 590 5860


Dave is one of New Zealand’s leading banking and finance lawyers and is currently recognised by Chambers and Partners as the only star individual in the New Zealand banking and finance market.

Dave has consistently been recognised by Chambers Global, Legal 500 and the International Financial Law Review as a leading individual in banking and finance. This includes being recognised as the sole “Star Individual” in New Zealand for both 2017 and 2018 in the area of banking and finance.  Dave is also recognised as a leading lawyer in capital markets, corporate and M&A and restructuring and insolvency by AsiaLaw.  Dave is the only New Zealand practitioner to receive recognition (twice) in Euromoney’s Best of the Best (top 30 in the world) in securitisation and structured finance.


  • Auckland International Airport in respect of all treasury-related matters, including its corporate facilities (on a common terms basis) and various New Zealand and Australian issuances and US private placements (including its US private placement investor waiver processes in respect of the impact of the Covid-19 related border closure) (aeronautical infrastructure).
  • Goldman Sachs Asset Management in relation to a number of alternate capital transactions (financial sponsor).
  • Westpac New Zealand in relation to the proposed demerger from Westpac Banking Group and listing on the ASX and NZX. (bank)
  • Avanti Finance in respect of its capital structure and the refinement of its securitisation programme.
  • Waikato Regional Airport on a significant potential logistics hub development. (aeronautical infrastructure).