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Russell McVeagh

Restructuring/Insolvency

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What the team is known for

Russell McVeagh's multidisciplinary practice excels at a range of insolvency and restructuring issues, from creditor rights enforcement to finance-related regulatory disputes. Noted for the quality and diversity of resources it can apply to litigation proceedings, including on cross-border insolvency. The team regularly acts on mandates for international businesses with New Zealand operations and on referral from global law firms handling the collapse of multinationals. Further expertise in fraud and derivative actions as well as finance-related regulatory, personal property law and security disputes. Key clients include Calibre Partners, PwC and McGrath Nicol.

Strengths

One client observes: "Russell McVeagh provided clear options with the likely costs and potential of success for each.The team was responsive, their advice was commercial and clear, and they tapped into their wider firm expertise as required."

Work highlights

Russell McVeagh advised KPMG as liquidators of Halifax New Zealand on a cross-border matter.

Notable practitioners

Matthew Kersey is based in Auckland, where he heads the Russell McVeagh restructuring and insolvency practice. He predominantly acts for secured creditors and insolvency professionals and is particularly noted for his cross-border experience generally and trans-Tasman experience in particular. One client praises his communication skills, stating: "Michael is highly commercial, clear and concise in his communication and builds rapport with clients and third parties easily."

Polly Pope represents creditors and insolvency practitioners in primarily contentious mandates and is highly regarded for her litigation skills. One interviewee describes her as "approachable, knowledgeable and experienced," adding: "She is responsive and provides commercial advice, clearly defining the options available and potential risks."

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Overview

Russell McVeagh's Insolvency and Restructuring group is a multi-disciplinary practice handling the full range of issues arising from insolvency and restructuring, including: formal domestic and cross-border insolvency processes, enforcement of secured and unsecured creditor rights, corporate and debt restructuring and work-outs, secondary debt trading and investment, recovery actions and claims against directors and related entities, schemes of arrangement, fraud and derivative actions, PPSA and security disputes, defence of finance-related regulatory disputes. 

Our team has continued to cement its position at the forefront of the legal market, obtaining many of the most high-profile instructions. We are recognised by Global Restructuring Review (GRR) as being able to handle cross-border restructurings and insolvencies, as well as related matters such as banking and sovereign debt crises.

Clients

ANZ Bank, New Zealand

ASB Bank Limited, New Zealand

Bank of New Zealand, New Zealand

BDO, New Zealand

Calibre Partners

Credit Suisse, New Zealand

Hancock Forest Management Limited, New Zealand

McGrathNicol, New Zealand

Trustpower Limited, New Zealand

Westpac Banking Corporation Limited, New Zealand

Restructuring/Insolvency

Russell McVeagh

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Location

Level 30, Vero Centre,

48 Shortland Street,

PO Box 8

DX CX10085

Auckland City

Auckland

New Zealand

1140

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New Zealand

Restructuring/Insolvency


Matthew Kersey
Band 1