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3 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Russell McVeagh

Our market-leading Property & Real Estate team is the go-to team for high value and complex real estate transactions and projects in New Zealand.

We provide advice to New Zealand's most sophisticated property investors and developers, including leading domestic and overseas funds and property institutions and corporate property owners/occupiers. Our clients trust us to provide support and advice on their most important real estate projects and as a result we have been privileged to work on many of the market leading real estate investment and development projects.

Our combination of market knowledge, commercial focus, and quality legal advice means that we deliver results for our clients. Our work spans a broad spectrum of commercial property work, across the industrial, office, retail, hotel, infrastructure and agricultural and forestry sectors. We advise on acquisition and divestment, development, leasing, subdivisions, compulsory acquisition, joint ventures and property and hotel management arrangements.



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What the team is known for

Russell McVeagh is noted for its standout group offering a broad array of expertise to clients negotiating complex property transactions and land developments in New Zealand. Noted for assisting major corporate clients on real estate joint ventures, and the negotiation of portfolio acquisitions. The practice frequently advises developers and investors on office, retail and industrial property developments, including related construction and leasing aspects. Key clients include Charter Hall, Oyster Property and Precinct Properties.

Strengths

Clients value the real estate team's commerciality and pragmatism, with one stating: "Russell McVeagh's strength for me is their commercial ability, understanding the need to get an outcome and not arguing points out of principle, and their understanding and ability to navigate complex transactions."

Another observes: "Russell McVeagh are subject matter experts in the project development space, with the expertise and capability to provide extremely high-quality advice that is also pragmatic and commercial."

Work highlights

Russell McVeagh advised Charter Hall on its acquisition of a 49% interest in a unit trust, which owns BP New Zealand's portfolio of retail sites. The transaction involved the transfer of 70 retail sites to a unit trust and the leaseback of all the sites to BP New Zealand.

Notable practitioners

David Butler is a highly regarded real estate lawyer in Russell McVeagh's Auckland office, where he frequently acts for inbound clients on capital transactions and development projects.

Ed Crook leads Russell McVeagh's real estate practice group and often acts on property developments, capital transactions and leasing. An interviewee comments: "He has been around the block and knows his stuff backwards," adding: "If you have him in your corner, half the battle is won because of his stature." Another finds he is "very responsive, efficient, commercial and understands big, complex deals."

Anna Crosbie is active on property transactions and leasing matters, often acting on matters in the industrial, residential and retail areas. Clients praise her level of knowledge and service, with one stating: "She has significant expertise and capability in real estate, coupled with excellent sector knowledge. She is a confident adviser with excellent communication skills who is able to build trust quickly and deliver sound and pragmatic advice."

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Clients

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Argosy Property Limited, New Zealand

Auckland International Airport Limited, New Zealand

Genesis Energy Limited, New Zealand

Goodman Limited, New Zealand

Kiwi Property Group, New Zealand

Precinct Properties Limited, New Zealand

Public Sector Pension Investment Board, New Zealand

Scentre Group, New Zealand

Watercare Services Limited, New Zealand

Woolworths Limited, New Zealand/Australia