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Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

Work Department

Corporate Advisory




David has extensive experience leading clients through all aspects of complex corporate and commercial transactions, with a focus on private equity and mergers and acquisitions. He has developed a confident, common sense approach in his 20-year career in corporate law and is regarded as a highly-capable and focused expert.

David is the firm’s National Practice Group Chair for Corporate Advisory and has previously acted as Chair of Russell McVeagh’s board. He joined Russell McVeagh as a solicitor in 1999. He spent five years polishing his international commercial law practice at Herbert Smith Freehills in London.

David returned to Russell McVeagh in 2006 and became a partner in 2007.


LLB, BA, University of Auckland.

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

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Russell McVeagh acts for a range of domestic and international clients, including financial institutions, private equity funds, corporate organisations, government bodies and infrastructure operators on M&A transactions, joint ventures and equity capital market mandates. Praised for its ‘commerciality, responsiveness and collaboration’, the team is led by Auckland-based David Hoare, who is ‘among the most experienced corporate lawyers in New Zealand’, advising high-profile clients on all aspects of corporate and commercial transactions. The Auckland office is also home to Joe Windmeyer, Ben Paterson – who commended ‘for his ability to cut through complex issues’ – Dan Jones, Ian Beaumont and David Raudkivi, all of whom have experience in M&A transactions and general corporate matters. In the firm’s Wellington office, ‘excellent partnerMei Fern Johnson specialises in investment in (and procurement of) infrastructure, technology, transport and energy projects, while Auckland-based Cath Shirley-Brown is a ‘solution-focused’ partner with experience in cross-border transitions.