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Russell McVeagh

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Number of partners: 35
Number of lawyers: 220
Languages:  Afrikaans, Cantonese, Cebuano, English, Finnish, French, German, Mandarin, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalug

Firm Overview:
Russell McVeagh is committed to operating on the cutting edge of legal practice. The firm’s lawyers are the best in their fields and are recognised internationally for their expertise. Russell McVeagh acts for 11 of the NZX 15 companies, New Zealand’s leading companies including primary producers, state sector organisations, energy companies and utilities, all of New Zealand’s retail banks, and New Zealand’s largest company and largest listed company.

Main Areas of Practice:

2 partners, 7 fee earners
Advising Fairfax and NZME on media merger; Spark on proposed merger of Sky TV and Vodafone; Dow and DuPont merger; defending Kiwibank in litigation involving allegations of anticompetitive conduct.
Key Clients: Spark, Fonterra, NZME, Lion Pty Limited
Key Contact: Sarah Keene
Tel: +64 9 367 8133
Email: [email protected]

8 partners, 51 fee earners
Advising Bounty Fresh on its takeover of Tegel; Oceania Healthcare on its IPO; CBA on the sale of Sovereign to AIA; NZ Super Fund’s investment in Fidelity Life.
Key Clients: Spark, Trustpower, Fonterra, Pacific Equity Partners, Auckland International Airport
Key Contact: Ian Beaumont
Tel: +64 9 367 8302
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
5 partners, 23 fee earners
Advising Fintech and Insurtech sectors; financiers on the Puhoi and Schools 3 PPP projects; major NZ banks on external funding arrangements; ANZ on its proposed sale of UDC Finance; CBA on its sale of Sovereign Insurance.
Key Clients: ANZ, ASB, BNZ, Westpac, Kiwibank, Heartland Bank, IAG
Key Contact: Guy Lethbridge
Tel: +64 4 819 7538
[email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
9 partners, 40 fee earners
Heartland Bank scheme of arrangement; Credit Suisse shareholder class action; KiwiRail health and safety litigation; Samsung on call centre dispute; Credit Suisse AG in defending claims by a Georgian billionaire and his family as trust beneficiaries.
Key Clients: Spark, Trustpower, Kiwibank, Credit Suisse, Siemens (N.Z.) Ltd, Auckland International Airport
Key Contact: Matt Kersey
Tel: +64 9 367 8124
Email: [email protected]

2 partners, 9 fee earners
Advising tax aspects of Basel III regulatory capital offerings for ANZ, ASB, BNZ, Westpac and Kiwibank; Trustpower’s demerger; litigation for Trustpower, Vector, Michael Hill and Queenstown Airport.
Key Clients: Trustpower, BNZ, Westpac, ANZ, Exxon Mobil, Cheung Kong Infrastructure
Key Contact: Brendan Brown
Tel: +64 4 819 7748
Email: [email protected]

Public Law & Policy:
3 partners, 11 fee earners
Advising a range of clients on reform of the Overseas Investment regime; advising regulated airports, telecommunications and electricity companies on the economic regulatory regime; advising five charter schools being closed by the government. Key Clients: Vector, Fonterra, Meridian Energy, Spark, NZ Airports, Watercare Services, Genesis Energy
Key Contact: Tim Clarke
Tel: +64 4 819 7532
Email: [email protected]

Property & Construction:
3 partners, 17 fee earners
Advising on Goodman’s sale of Central Park; Goodman/GIC joint venture on the sale of the VXV Precinct, Wynyard Quarter; Precinct Properties’ sale of 50% interest in the ANZ Centre; Kiwi Property’s sale of the Majestic Centre and North City Shopping Centre; Fiji National Provident Fund’s acquisition of a portfolio of Fiji hotels; Auckland International Airport’s international terminal redevelopment; PSP on 50% sale of NZ office and retail portfolio.
Key Clients: Woolworths Limited, Goodman, Scentre Group, Auckland International Airport, Hancock Natural Resources
Key Contact: Ed Crook
Tel: +64 9 367 8452
Email: [email protected]

1 partner, 5 fee earners
Assisting large New Zealand employers with industrial issues, disputes and personal grievances.
Key Clients: Auckland International Airport, T&G, NZ Bus Limited, SKYCITY, Sanford, Norske Skog Tasman Limited
Key Contact: Kylie Dunn
Tel: +64 9 367 8136
Email: [email protected]

Environment, Planning & Natural Resources:
4 partners, 12 fee earners
Advising MBIE on America’s Cup; Auckland Airport on the development of second runway; Fonterra on nation-wide planning regarding manufacturing sites.
Key Clients: Fonterra, Ports of Auckland, Auckland International Airport, Watercare Services Limited, Vector Limited, Ports of Auckland
Key Contact: Cameron Law
Tel: +64 9 367 8415
Email: [email protected]

Restructuring & Insolvency:
4 partners, 20 fee earners
Advising voluntary administrators of CBL Insurance; Hogan Lovells LLP in relation to Sergei Pugachev; receivers of Hawkins Group Construction Insolvency. Key Clients: KordaMentha, ANZ, Westpac, BDO, McGrathNicol, Samsung
Key Contact: Matt Kersey
Tel: +64 9 367 8124
Email: [email protected]


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