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Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

Work Department

Property and Construction




David is an expert in real estate and construction matters. He has built a reputation over the last 20 years of advising on some of New Zealand’s most significant and complex real estate deals and development projects. David’s clients include both domestic and offshore REITs, superannuation and sovereign wealth funds, high net worth families and other real estate investors, developers and occupiers with interests across the real estate sector.

David has successfully assisted many overseas investors in the acquisition of New Zealand real estate and is highly experienced in managing the overseas investment approval process.

David joined Russell McVeagh as a graduate in 2000 before leaving in 2004 to join the Real Estate team at Clifford Chance in London. He re-joined Russell McVeagh in early 2009 and became a partner in 2010.


LLB, BA University of Canterbury.

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Real estate and construction

(Leading individuals: Real estate and construction)

David ButlerRussell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh’s practice covers the full spectrum of construction and real estate work. On the construction side, it is best known for expertise in highly sensitive disputes, project development, procurement and leasing arrangements. In terms of real estate work, the team specialises in high-value capital markets transactions, acquisitions and sales. Ed Crook leads the firm’s front-end construction offering, which is focused primarily on advising institutional property owners relating to major developments across Australia. Polly Pope leads the firm’s contentious mandates, acting for principals, financiers, contractors and consultants in a diverse range of disputes and significant projects. David Butler stands out for his strong track record when advising on complex capital markets transactions and development schemes. Anna Crosbie and Michael Taylor are also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Auckland.