Jesse Fairley

Senior Associate

Banking and Finance

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Jesse has significant domestic and international experience advising financial institutions, sponsors and corporates on complex and innovative financing transactions. He specialises in securitisation and structured finance, debt capital markets, corporate and acquisition finance, debt restructuring and liability management exercises. Jesse also regularly advises on financial services law and regulation affecting banks and other financial institutions.


Jesse has over 10 years of experience gained in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. His experience includes advising:

  • Virgin Money (as originator) on a number of multi-currency Rule 144A/Reg S RMBS transactions, including the first transaction to comply with both the EU and US risk retention rules.
  • BNP Paribas and HSBC as arrangers on the establishment of Virgin Money's covered bond programme.
  • Terra Firma (as sponsor) and Annington Homes on the £4 billion refinancing of Annington Homes' ground rent securitisations and the related establishment of its EMTN programme.
  • ZIM Integrated Shipping Services on the establishment of its US$100 million multi-jurisdictional receivables securitisation programme, securitising the freight receivables originated via its agents in six jurisdictions.
  • RBS and Deutsche Bank as arrangers on the £3 billion secured refinancing of the AA Group, an innovative capital structure consisting of investment grade notes, high yield notes and senior secured term facilities with the ability to incur incremental debt under the same secured intercreditor and common terms platform.
  • Deutsche Trustee as security trustee on the wholesale capital restructuring of the Punch Taverns whole business securitisations, one of the most complex European restructurings in the last decade.
  • the arrangers and initial note purchasers on the establishment of a US$350 million South African auto-loan securitisation programme.
  • Westfield on its £750 million Stratford City CMBS transaction.
  • a major European investment bank on the wholesale restructuring of its €15 billion asset-backed commercial paper conduit programme.
  • the bridge financier in relation to a UK investment manager's acquisition of a €500 million portfolio of Dutch residential mortgages.
  • Spark on the liability management aspects of its demerger.
  • ASB on the establishment of its UK listed covered bond programme.
  • Kiwibank on Kiwi Capital Securities' issue of NZDX listed perpetual callable non-cumulative preference shares.
  • Credit Suisse as arranger and the related banking syndicates on various multi-jurisdictional secured credit facilities provided to Graeme Hart's Rank Group (including the Carter Holt Harvey and Reynolds groups).

Jesse has also spent six months seconded to the finance legal desk of a major European investment bank.


LLB (Hons), University of Waikato


Jesse began his career at Russell McVeagh in 2008. He returned to the firm in early 2018 after spending five years in London as an associate and senior associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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