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 is ranked by Asia Pacific Legal 500 as a “hall of fame” lawyer in banking and finance.  He has been named as the New Zealand lawyer of the year for leveraged buyouts multiple times by US directory Best Lawyers.  Will is also highly regarded in restructuring and insolvency matters, having been awarded the highest ranking in that practice area by International Financial Law Review.  His work over the years on substantial New Zealand restructurings, many involving international banks and funds, has resulted in him being named by UK publication Finance Monthly (twice) as one of the top 100 advisors globally in finance.


  • Lenders on multiple take private transactions, including Apax’s acquisition of TradeMe (online marketplace), BGH’s acquisition of Abano (dental support organisation) and BGH and Sixth Street’s acquisition of Pushpay (online payment solutions).
  • Bidders and lenders on multiple private M&A transactions including KKR’s acquisition of Ritchies (transport), Pacific Equity Partners’ acquisition of ACG Colleges (education), Adamantem Capital’s acquisition of Hellers (grocery).
  • Lenders on asset finance transactions including aircraft deliveries for Air New Zealand (aviation) and the new inter-islander ferry procurement for KiwiRail (maritime).
  • Lenders to various utility companies including First Gas, Powerco, Vector and Manawa Energy (energy infrastructure).
  • Structured lending arrangements including fund finance (NZ PE Fund), margin lending (global investment bank) and mezzanine finance (Global credit fund).
  • Senior creditors on the debt for equity restructures of Yellow Pages (directories) and MediaWorks (media).
  • Receivers on multiple receiverships including Burger King (quick service restaurants), Van Leeuwen Group (large scale farming) and Sarvee Group (property).