Troy Pilkington > Russell McVeagh > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

Work Department

Competition/Antitrust & Consumer




Troy is one of New Zealand’s highest regarded competition (antitrust), consumer, and regulatory lawyers – awarded the 2021 International Law Office Client Choice Award for Competition/Antitrust in New Zealand.

Troy has been described as “one of the top competition practitioners of his generation in New Zealand”, delivering quality and timely advice in matters relating to competition investigations, joint ventures, competitor collaborations and partnering arrangements, exclusive supply arrangements, Commerce Commission merger approvals, and Fair Trading Act issues (including advertising, labelling and marketing advice, and product recall matters).

Troy joined Russell McVeagh as a solicitor in 2007 after working as an accountant at an international professional services firm. He was promoted to partner in 2016.


LLB (Hons), BCom, University of Auckland.

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Competition law

(Leading individuals)

Troy PilkingtonRussell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh draws considerable praise from clients for its ‘practical and pragmatic’ advice and ‘unmatched’ expertise. The team handles a wide range of prominent competition and antitrust matters, including market studies, merger filings, litigation, and investigations across various industries. The ‘exceptional’ Troy Pilkington heads the practice and is noted for his ability to handle the full gamut of work, acting for clients in the grocery, media, banking, and telecommunications sectors. Bradley Aburn has extensive experience in supporting clients with competition investigations, joint ventures, competitor collaborations, merger control approvals, and market power issues in New Zealand, the UK, and the EU. The ‘dedicated’ Petra Carey is a key port of call for clients seeking guidance on the clearance process for domestic and global M&A transactions and cartel investigations.