Chris O'Brien > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Wellington, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

New Zealand

Work Department

Banking and Finance




Chris is a banking and financial services legal expert with particular talent in advising banks, major corporates, and trustee companies on corporate finance, cross-border leveraged lease transactions, and retail debt offers.

Chris has wide experience advising banks, financial institutions and major corporates on the full range of financing transactions, including syndicated facilities, project finance facilities, acquisition finance facilities and working capital facilities as well as advising and assisting major corporates with the introduction of new corporate lenders.

Chris was admitted to the Bar in New Zealand in 1995.




LLM (Merit), University College of London

BA, LLB, University of Otago

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Chris O’BrienMinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts is highly regarded for its representation of leading domestic and international banks such as KiwiBank, HSBC and Bank of China on top-end acquisition finance matters, project and real estate financing. The Auckland office is home to Steve Gallaugher, who leads the leveraged and institutional finance practice, and Kate Lane who is renowned for her expertise in corporate finance and in the fast-developing area of ESG bonds. Property finance specialist Michael Langdon is another key name, as is special counsel Simon Gray and senior associate Marie Kissick . Based in Wellington, Chris O’Brien acts for public sector entities, and is a trusted advisor to the New Zealand Government Treasury. He continues to acts for the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Enterprise on a series of loans advanced out of the Provincial Growth Fund.