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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

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Troy PilkingtonRussell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh‘s competition practice is made up of specialists in commercial advisory, investigations and disputes with the Commerce Commission, merger filings and law reform to provide ‘clear, quick, pragmatic and good value‘ counsel on the full scope of competition and regulatory law. Troy Pilkington‘s ‘deep understanding of the market dynamics and strong commercial acumen make him invaluable as an advisor.’ He has developed a strong reputation across all areas of competition and commercial law, particularly in merger clearances, consumer law investigations and cartel cases, and is often sought after by clients operating in the banking, electronic trading platforms and consumer goods sectors. Senior associate Bradley Aburn is also recommended for competitor collaborations, merger control approvals, and competition investigations. Sarah Keene left to join the New Zealand Bar.