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Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

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Fred brings over 25 years of experience to his role as a partner in our Tax team. His practice has a particular focus on corporate finance work, mergers and acquisitions, and structured investment products. He has worked with all of New Zealand’s major banks and many of its biggest corporations. Offering both tax advice and litigation services, Fred is a highly sought-after tax specialist.

Fred has been a partner with Russell McVeagh since 1995 and started at the firm in 1992. In his early career, he worked at Rudd Watts & Stone and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.


International Fiscal Association.


LLB (Hons), BCom, University of Canterbury.
LLM, University of Michigan.

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Tax

(Hall of Fame)

Fred WardRussell McVeagh

The Auckland-based team at Russell McVeagh is commended for its ‘deep levels of experience and creative mindset to solving complex problems’. The team’s range of expertise covers corporate transactions, the review of capital structures and transfer pricing disputes, and its clients include major domestic banks, sovereign wealth funds and large corporates. The department is led by Fred Ward, who ‘brings energy to deals and situations where others may struggle’. Ward has expertise in corporate finance matters, M&A and structured investment products. The team is supported by Greg Neill, who is a key contact for advice on the tax aspects of M&A, private equity and financing transactions. Neill has acted for some of New Zealand’s biggest corporates, as well as large offshore corporations.