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Buddle Findlay

PWC TOWER, 188 QUAY STREET, AUCKLAND 1010, NEW ZEALAND
Tel:
Work +64 9 358 2555
Fax:
Fax +64 9 358 2055
Email:
Web:
www.buddlefindlay.com
Buddle Findlay, Neil Russ, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

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Neil Russ

Tel:
Work + 64 9 358 7002
Email:
Web:
www.buddlefindlay.com/
Buddle Findlay

Work Department

Tax; Banking and finance.

Position

Partner. Specialises in corporate and international taxation (income tax and GST), including extensive experience with specialist banking products, new business structures, structured and acquisition financing. Multi-jurisdictional asset and merger and acquisition transactions. For details about Neil's work highlights see here - www.buddlefindlay.com/people/neil-russ.

Career

Neil is currently advising a number of New Zealand and offshore clients with the tax aspects of investment transactions and asset disposals.  He advises a number of the firm’s clients, other law firms and accounting practices with the development of new business structures and products, and regularly assists clients with tax investigations, binding and non-binding ruling applications and tax risk reviews.  Neil is involved in tax policy, and is frequently dealing with Inland Revenue and Treasury officials on proposed law changes.

Neil has also been a leading partner in the establishment of Buddle Findlay's anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) practice group.

Member

• New Zealand Law Society Taxation Committee (Convenor)
• Inter-Pacific Bar Association (Council Member)
• LawAsia
• International Fiscal Association
• Taxation Institute of Australia

Education

• LLB (Hons) (Victoria University of Wellington)
• Admitted New Zealand 1986
• Admitted England and Wales 1992


New Zealand

Tax

Within: Leading individuals

Neil Russ - Buddle Findlay

Within: Tax

Buddle Findlay in Auckland frequently works with banks and domestic and international corporations on the full range of tax matters, including disputes and advisory work. It frequently advises on specific banking products and other innovative tax issues. It recently acted for US company Newell Brands in its NZ$600m purchase of Sistema Plastics, and handled Vodafone's acquisition of a majority stake in satellite services company Baycity Communications. The practice is led by litigator Neil Russ and lead tax adviser Tony Wilkinson. One client describes Wilkinson as 'by far the most knowledgeable tax provisioner we have ever engaged in New Zealand; we have used all of the big four advisers but they don’t have the depth of knowledge or the practical approach that he deploys'. Senior associate Brett Rawlings has extensive experience in tax aspects of high-profile, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions.

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