Hugh's practice is split between major infrastructure projects and banking and finance transactions (including restructuring and insolvency issues).
He has strong international and domestic projects experience, including both social and economic infrastructure. Hugh has been and remains heavily involved in the introduction of PPP procurement into the New Zealand market. He led the Bell Gully teams advising the Department of Corrections on the PPP at Wiri Men's Prison Project and the Ministry of Education on the Hobsonville Schools PPP project. He is leading the Bell Gully team advising the NZTA on the Transmission Gully PPP project and is assisting the State of Victoria on the Ravenhall Prison PPP project.
In the banking area, he focuses on property finance (both development and investment), project finance, acquisition finance and the sale and purchase of debt portfolios. He also advises on general bilateral and syndicated loan matters and on local authority funding arrangements.
Hugh has advised issuers, managers and trustees on a range of debt capital markets transactions. Hugh has acted on commercial paper and EMTN programmes as well as other retail and institutional bond issues and various property syndicate structures.
He has acted for creditors on several large restructurings across a range of sectors, as well as providing general corporate insolvency advice.
IFLR 1000 2013 names Hugh as a leading lawyer in banking and finance and restructuring and insolvency, with clients commenting in the previous edition that he is "very good, responsive and commercial" and his "ability to advise on complex issues is outstanding". Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013 names Hugh as a leading individual in banking and finance and recommends him in the area of real estate and construction.
LLB(Hons), BA, Victoria University of Wellington
1997 New Zealand