Russell McVeagh

Sarah Keene

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Practice Areas

Sarah heads the firm’s highly successful competition law practice, which has earned the highest New Zealand ranking from the Global Competition Review, a guide to the world’s leading competition law specialists.

Sarah specialises in competition, consumer and regulatory law and litigation and advises clients in relation to Commerce Commission investigations, prosecutions and appeals; the legality of behavioural arrangements and conduct; clearances and authorisations of mergers and acquisitions; and generally in relation to competition law advice, appeals and judicial reviews.


Sarah began her career with Russell McVeagh and became a partner at the firm in 2006. Sarah is the only New Zealander ranked as a Star Individual in Competition and Antitrust by Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2020 guide.

Professional Memberships

Sarah was named the representative of large law firms on the New Zealand Law Society council in 2019. She is Russell McVeagh's Partnership Chair and Co-Chair of Russell McVeagh's Diversity Committee.


Sarah regularly contributes to thought leadership on competition and antitrust law, including the New Zealand chapter of Lexology's Getting The Deal Through Merger Control guide, Thomson Reuters' Merger Control in New Zealand guide, and the Practical Law Competition-Restraints of Trade Global guide.