Specialised finance and advisory

We help corporates reach their business goals, meet their growth objectives, or launch their next big project.

Our team of specialists lead the origination, structuring and execution of complex financing transactions to support balance sheet growth when traditional forms of financing may not meet requirements. We also provide advice to help you optimise business performance. 

Get the right finance for your business or project

Leveraged and acquisition finance

We deliver non-vanilla funding solutions that are tailored to reflect the expected future cash flows of your business—unlocking value for business owners and allowing investors to optimise equity returns.

Our specialist structuring capabilities can provide businesses typically constrained by traditional bank parameters with funding for growth opportunities or capital expenditure initiatives.

Project finance

Get funding for your next major infrastructure or renewable energy project. We’re the lender of choice to New Zealand’s major infrastructure initiatives and public private partnerships (PPPs).

Our local finance origination and execution capabilities are matched by the support, knowledge and expertise of our colleagues at NAB—the leader in Australia’s infrastructure and renewable energy lending sector.

Strategic advice to help you grow

We offer expert advice on risk management, capital management and optimisation, and strategic and financial planning and modelling.

Our dedicated team can research and develop solutions for efficient, low-cost financing, looking at both bank and debt capital market opportunities. Get advice on hedge structuring and execution for your interest rates and commodity and foreign exchange investments.

We can also help you create efficiencies within your existing parameters, advising on the property development opportunities within your project, or suggesting environmental finance solutions—like converting your waste to energy, or taking advantage of opportunities in carbon farming and renewables legislation.

Talk to a specialist

Laura Harris

Head of Project Finance

Laura specialises in project finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, and export credit agency (ECA) finance. She has worked on various projects such as the government's pathfinder public private partnership (PPP) transactions and led the debt syndicate for the Transmission Gully PPP.

Laura joined the BNZ corporate finance team in 2011 and has a Bachelor of Commerce.

Stuart Avis

Director, Specialised Finance

Stuart has led a large number of mergers and acquisitions and leveraged finance deals. His previous roles have included client relationship management positions in the institutional banking and corporate banking teams.

Stuart has been a director in the BNZ specialised finance team for seven years and has 22 years’ banking experience, 16 of those with BNZ.

Nick Laming

Director, Specialised Finance

Nick has over 12 years banking experience and has worked across the New Zealand, Australian and UK markets. In addition to his core focus of leveraged and acquisition finance, he has held roles across corporate and institutional banking, project finance and asset finance.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Applied Finance.

Will Carnachan

Head of Specialised Finance

Will is responsible for BNZ’s acquisition finance, project finance and advisory teams – which focus on the origination and execution of complex financing transactions. He has significant experience in loan structuring, and mergers and acquisitions (M&As) with strong links to New Zealand’s corporate sector.

Will has worked for BNZ in leveraged finance and client relationship management, and has spent time in Asia working in client coverage and business development roles. Prior to banking, he was a solicitor at two top tier New Zealand law firms. He has degrees in Law and Commerce and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Finance.

Relationship Management

As well as having specialists in corporate finance and advisory, we also have Relationship Managers who work one-to-one with Institutional businesses.

Our Relationship Managers understand the ins and outs of your industry and can help grow your business, launch a new project—or just keep things ticking over.

Find a Relationship Manager for your industry: