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Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

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Corporate Advisory




Joe is a highly influential lawyer and previous Russell McVeagh board member, specialising in corporate and commercial law. He has a reputation for being the go-to expert for complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and securities work. Joe provides clients with clear advice on listed and unlisted company takeovers, assets and share acquisitions and disposals, and offers of securities, helping them to achieve commercial outcomes. He has a number of clients in the energy field, where his 35 years of experience delivers unparalled results for clients.

Before joining Russell McVeagh in 2004, Joe had been a partner at another large New Zealand law firm for 12 years. He was admitted to practise law in New Zealand in 1985.


LLB (Hons), BCom, University of Auckland.

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Joe WindmeyerRussell McVeagh

Financial services, private equity, infrastructure and government and public sector are some of Russell McVeagh‘s key areas of activity for corporate acquisitions, joint ventures and ECM transactions. David Hoare chairs the national practice from Auckland where he draws on over 20 years’ experience, he advises a cross section of high profile clients, among them Pacific Equity Partners and Fonterra, on all aspects corporate and commercial transactions. Joe Windmeyer‘s practice focuses on M&A and securities work, which is complemented by Ben Paterson ’s, David Raudkivi’s and Dan Jones’ experience in private equity and public M&A. Cath Shirley-Brown is another top partner for public and private M&A, joint ventures, shareholder arrangements and acting for central and local government entities. All lawyers are based in Auckland. Mei Fern Johnson in Wellington is recognised for her expertise in investment in (and procurement of) infrastructure, technology, transport and energy projects.

New Zealand > Projects and resources management (including environment)

Russell McVeagh’s resource management and environment heads Daniel Minhinnick, who provides ‘tailored, responsive commercial advice’, and Allison Arthur-Young advise transport entities on planning approvals for high-value projects such as in the rail, airport, ports and water resources areas. Newly promoted partner Simon Pilkinton represents clients creating mixed-use developments in negotiations with councils and gaining plan changes. Corporate advisory specialists Mei Fern Johnson in Wellington and Joe Windmeyer in Auckland advise on transactions in the energy sector, such as for electricity distribution companies, with Johnson additionally advising  on contracts and alliances for infrastructure projects.