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 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 IFLR.  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.

Recent Experience.

  • 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 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 debt arrangers 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 the senior creditors in respect of multiple restructuring transactions, including debt for equity swaps in respect of Yellow Pages, MediaWorks and Metroglass .