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Brendan Brown

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Practice Areas

Brendan specialises in corporate and international taxation. He has represented clients in respect of some of New Zealand's most significant commercial transactions and tax disputes.


Brendan has been a partner at Russell McVeagh since 2003 and has spent his 17 years in legal practice helping clients with a wide range of taxation matters and is well known as a leading tax lawyer in New Zealand.

Professional Memberships

Brendan is a member of the Taxation Institute of Australia, the Practice Council of the New York University International Tax Program and the New Zealand Branch Committee of the International Fiscal Association, and is an honorary lecturer at the Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law.


Brendan regularly contributes to thought leadership on tax matters, including recently co-authoring 'Court of Appeal considers cross-border financing tax avoidance appeal', 'Digital Services Tax Features in Labour Party Tax Policy', 'Fast tracked changes to New Zealand's foreign investment consent rules include tax measures', and ' Latest COVID-19 tax measures passed under urgency', each of which were published by the International Tax Review.