Evelyn leads the banking and finance practice at Lane Neave. She has extensive experience in corporate and institutional lending transactions, property finance, leveraged and acquisition finance.
Evelyn has advised on domestic and international transactions and her experience includes the coordination of offshore counsel in relation to the granting of local law governed securities and guarantees, as well as acting as New Zealand counsel on international transactions.
Evelyn is a technical and solution-focused adviser. She has particular expertise in securitisation and other structured and financial products (including derivatives). She also provides advice on financial sector regulation, including recent changes to the consumer credit legislation in New Zealand.
Before joining Lane Neave, Evelyn has worked at other major law firms in New Zealand and in London. She has also worked in-house (on secondment and on contract) at a major bank and a leading consumer finance product company in New Zealand.
Evelyn is personally ranked as a “Leading Individual” by Legal 500, and by Chambers and Partners as an “Up and Coming” partner, and by Best Lawyers as a leading lawyer in the banking and finance space in New Zealand.
She is also recognised in the category of “Women Leaders” by IFLR1000. Only 14 women across New Zealand have been awarded this prestigious title.
Her recent work includes:
- Advising the bond trustee and security trustee in relation to retail bond issuances by two publicly listed retirement village operators, as well as by the Napier Port
- Acting for a major bank on its funding of a peer-to-peer lending platform
- Acting for the warehouse financier in relation to the establishment of a securitisation programme with an originator of ‘buy now, pay later’ receivables
- Acting for a mezzanine noteholder in relation to a RMBS securitisation programme
- Acting for four of the five credit unions in a merger that created New Zealand’s largest credit union, combining over 64,000 members and approximately $550m of assets. This included the novation of a securitisation programme to the merged entity
- Acting for various banks on funding transactions to special purpose vehicle property syndications on acquisitions of landmark commercial properties around the country
- Advising the financier on the acquisition of the Sofitel, Queenstown
- Advising private credit funds on their lending transactions in New Zealand, including the establishment of credit funds in New Zealand
- Advising a US-based private equity fund on domestic aspects of its funding arrangements in connection with the acquisition of Ticketek
- Acting for a major bank on its funding secured over fishing quotas and fishing boats
- Advising BT Mining in relation to funding in relation to its coal mines
- Advising major banks in relation to the establishment of receivables finance facilities
- Acting for a leading food and beverage wholesaler and distributor on its syndicated multi-tranche debt facilities