Dave Wetherell

Dave Wetherell

Partner since 1991.

Mayne Wetherell from 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.

Recent Experience.

  • Auckland Airport in relation to its recently completed bank and USPP investor waiver processes in respect of the impact of the Covid-19 related border closure
  • Fonterra in respect of a number of structured transactions aimed at improving the Group’s working capital efficiency.
  • Goldman Sachs SSG in relation to a number of alternate capital transactions.
  • Eclipx in relation to the restructure of its New Zealand securitisation programme and a number of strategic acquisitions.
  • Avanti Finance in respect of its capital structure and the refinement of its securitisation programme.