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Russell McVeagh

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Number of partners: 36
Number of lawyers: 146
Languages:  Afrikaans, Cantonese, Cebuano, English, Finnish, French, German, Mandarin, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalug

Firm Overview:
Russell McVeagh is the premier law firm in New Zealand, characterised by a dynamic network of specialists who are champions for their clients’ strategic goals. This full-service firm provides exceptional service through its comprehensive range of practice areas and clear, innovative advice. Russell McVeagh is committed to operating on the cutting edge of legal practice and boasts award-winning lawyers who are internationally-recognised for thought-leadership, depth of experience and ability to translate complex legal issues into client success stories.

Main Areas of Practice:

2 partners, 7 fee earners
Advising Fairfax and NZME on media merger; representing NZ’s largest banks on sale of Paymark; Daiken Corporation in acquisition of 100% shares of Dongwha; intelliHUB Holdings on acquisition of Metrix; Alstom SA on the NZ aspects of the proposed global merger of Alstom and Siemens AG’s rail mobility businesses.
Key Clients: Spark, Fonterra, NZME, Lion Pty Limited.
Contact: Sarah Keene
Tel: +64 9 367 8133
Email: [email protected]

8 partners, 38 fee earners
Advising the sale of Manuka Health by Pacific Equity Partners, the sale by Fonterra of its 50% interest in DFE Pharma to CVC, CBA’s divestment of Sovereign, and advising the Board of Trade Me on its contested takeover by Apax Partners.
Key Clients: Spark, Trustpower, Fonterra, Pacific Equity Partners, Auckland International Airport.
Contact: David Hoare
Tel: +64 9 367 8302
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
5 partners, 19 fee earners
Advising banks, insurers, corporates, and state and municipal entities on a broad range of finance related matters, including debt capital markets, derivatives, corporate finance, project finance, securitisation and regulatory compliance.
Key Clients: ANZ, ASB, BNZ, Westpac, Kiwibank, Heartland Bank, LGFA.
Contact: Guy Lethbridge
Tel: +64 4 819 7538
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
11 partners, 40 fee earners
Acting for Rayonier Inc in one of NZ’s largest M&A disputes; Credit Suisse on a significant shareholder class action for alleged securities law breaches; Samsung on call centre dispute and Bath Street Capital in litigation against Pyne Gould Corporation.
Key Clients: Earthquake Commission, Samsung, Credit Suisse, Auckland International Airport, Woolworths.
Contact: Marika Eastwick-Field
Tel: +64 9 367 8838
Email: [email protected] com

2 partners, 7 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.
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 various tertiary education providers into the implications of the ROVE reforms and issues with the TEC.
Key Clients: Vector, Fonterra, Merid¬ian Energy, Spark, NZ Airports, Watercare Services, Genesis Energy.
Contact: Tim Clarke
Tel: +64 4 819 7532
Email: [email protected]

Property & Construction:
3 partners, 17 fee earners
Acting for Kiwi Property Holdings Limited on the sale of NorthCity Shopping Centre; Goodman Property Trust and Government of Singapore Investment Corporation on on the $635m sale of a portfolio of properties on Auckland’s waterfront to Blackstone; Precinct Properties on the sale of 50% share in ANZ Centre and on Auckland’s monumental Commercial Bay development; Macquarie and Australian Super on the purchase and development of 10 hectares of industrial land and a JP Morgan managed fund on the establishment of a new industrial fund in a joint venture with Stride Properties. Key Clients: Goodman, Precinct, Kiwi Properties, Auckland International Airport, JP Morgan, Public Sector Pension Board of Canada, Oyster.
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: Woolworths, Visionstream, Meridian, Auckland International Airport, T&G, SKYCITY, Sanford.
Contact: Kylie Dunn
Tel: +64 9 367 8136
Email: [email protected]

Environment, Planning & Natural Resources:
2 partners, 11 fee earners
Advising Auckland Airport on the development of second runway; Watercare in obtaining planning approvals for Central and Northern Interceptors and North Harbour 2 Watermain; Stevenson Group on Drury South Crossing development; Panuku Development Auckland on Queens Wharf upgrade.
Key Clients: Fonterra, Ports of Auckland, Auckland International Airport, Watercare Services Limited, Vector Limited, Ports of Auckland, Scentre Group, Panuku Development Auckland.
Contact: Daniel Minhinnick
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.
Contact: Matt Kersey
Tel: +64 9 367 8124
Email: [email protected]


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