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Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

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Matt is a highly regarded insolvency and restructuring specialist. He is a general commercial litigator with a depth of experience and reputation in the field. Matt navigates complex matters for his clients, advising creditors, investors and other stakeholders in relation to enforcement of security, restructuring, recovery and insolvency strategies.

Matt’s varied practice extends to acting for insolvency practitioners in all aspects of corporate insolvency appointments such as voluntary administration, receiverships and liquidation; many matters have a cross border element.

Matt returned to Russell McVeagh in 2009 from Henry Davis York in Sydney, where he was a partner from 2002. He spent a number of years at Herbert Smith in London. Matt was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 1993, England and Wales in 1997, and New South Wales (Australia) in 2000.


Matt is a Russell McVeagh Board member, and a member of Insol: the International Association of Insolvency professionals. He recently stepped down as Board and Vice Chair of the Restructuring, Insolvency & Turnaround Association New Zealand after 6 years.


LLB (Hons: First Class), BA, University of Otago

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Restructuring and insolvency

(Hall of Fame)

Matthew KerseyRussell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh continues to be involved in many of the country’s high profile insolvencies, such as the cross-border liquidation of Halifax, as well as significant domestic instructions, such as the receivership of FE Investments, and on recent property development collapses, Sanctuary No 8 and Lighthouse. The team is increasingly taking instructions on corporate distress and insolvencies in the construction, forestry and retail sectors. Practice head Matthew Kersey acts predominantly for secured creditors and insolvency professionals, alongside Polly Pope who handles contentious mandates, and John Powell who assists both banks and corporates on restructuring issues. Nathaniel Walker and senior associate Jeremy Upson are recommended for insolvency litigation. All individuals are based in Auckland.

New Zealand > Dispute resolution

Russell McVeagh is a full-service litigation practice that demonstrates strong capability in class actions, insolvency proceedings, construction disputes and ADR mandates. Group chair Marika Eastwick-Field is a top advocate for M&A disputes, banking and financial services, capital markets, property and insurance. Commercial litigators Malcolm Crotty, Kirsten Massey; insolvency partner Matthew Kersey and class action specialist Polly Pope, are the other central figures in Auckland. The Wellington litigation team comprises Chris Curran, whose work spans complex commercial disputes, public law, judicial reviews and IT projects, and Emmeline Rushbrook, who acts for financial markets participants in regulatory enforcement action involving the Financial Markets Authority, Commerce Commission and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.