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Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

Work Department

Corporate Advisory




Ben is a key dealmaker for Russell McVeagh, with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures and overseas investment. Ben has acted on a number of significant and complex financial transactions, providing high quality legal advice to large scale, high-profile private equity and corporate clients, including Pacific Equity Partners, CPE Capital, Carlyle, The Riverside Company, Fonterra and Lion.

He is one of New Zealand’s leading experts on the NZ foreign direct investment regime and has been heavily involved in significant changes to the regime as well as providing advice to off-shore clients. He recently advised Fonterra on its $552 million sale of its dairy farms in China and its $633 million sale of DFE Pharma to CVC, and Advent International on its acquisition (through its portfolio company Industria Chimica Emiliana) of New Zealand Pharmaceuticals.

Ben joined Russell McVeagh in 2008 and progressed to partner in 2017.


Ben is a member of the New Zealand Private Capital Association and the Australian New Zealand Sports Law Association.


LLB (Hons), BSc (University of Canterbury).

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Ben PatersonRussell McVeagh

Financial services, private equity, infrastructure and government and public sector are some of Russell McVeagh‘s key areas of activity for corporate acquisitions, joint ventures and ECM transactions. David Hoare chairs the national practice from Auckland where he draws on over 20 years’ experience, he advises a cross section of high profile clients, among them Pacific Equity Partners and Fonterra, on all aspects corporate and commercial transactions. Joe Windmeyer‘s practice focuses on M&A and securities work, which is complemented by Ben Paterson ’s, David Raudkivi’s and Dan Jones’ experience in private equity and public M&A. Cath Shirley-Brown is another top partner for public and private M&A, joint ventures, shareholder arrangements and acting for central and local government entities. All lawyers are based in Auckland. Mei Fern Johnson in Wellington is recognised for her expertise in investment in (and procurement of) infrastructure, technology, transport and energy projects.