Will Tipping

Will Tipping

Partner since 2007.

Areas of expertise.

– Banking & Finance
– Special Situations & Restructuring
– Structured Finance & Securitisation
– Private Equity & Venture Capital


LLB (Hons), BCom, University of Canterbury

International experience.

Clifford Chance (Hong Kong) 2001 – 2003


ddi: +64 9 921 6074
mob: +64 29 921 6074


Will has extensive experience across a range of banking and finance transactions, with a particular focus on acquisition financing and special situations.

Will has been recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading individual in banking and finance and by the International Financial Law Review as highly regarded. Will has also been recognised by the Best Lawyers in New Zealand for banking and finance, finance and leveraged buyouts, and as a leading lawyer for restructuring and insolvency by Asialaw.

Recent Transactions.

  • Acting for the senior lenders on the financing of Apax Partners’ NZ$2.6 billion takeover of Trade Me by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Acting for the senior lenders in relation to Adamantem's acquisition of Hellers Limited.
  • Acting for various financiers on aircraft deliveries to Air New Zealand.
  • Acting for the lenders in relation to the acquisition by Intellihub of Metrix (Mercury Energy's metering business).
  • Acting for the debt arrangers (ten - domestic and international) in relation to the refinance of facilities to First Gas Limited, including new acquisition facilities for the purchase of the Ahuroa and Rockgas assets.
  • Acting for Optic Security Group Finance Limited as borrower in relation to senior and subordinated debt facilities raised in connection with the Optic Security Group roll up transaction.
  • Acting for the senior creditors in respect of multiple restructuring transactions, including debt for equity swaps in respect of Yellow Pages, MediaWorks and Metroglass .