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Russell McVeagh
New Zealand

Work Department

Banking and Finance




David has experience advising financial institutions, private equity sponsors, corporates, non-bank lenders and sovereigns on a range of financing and restructuring transactions. David is a specialist in leveraged and acquisition finance, project finance, real estate finance, debt capital markets, derivatives, venture capital and special situations investing. He acts for global and regional private equity sponsors on their New Zealand transactions and all of New Zealand’s major financial institutions and leading credit funds/non-bank lenders.

David began his career with Russell McVeagh in 2008. He returned to the firm in 2017 after extended periods based in London and Hong Kong. He has completed all levels of examinations for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme and has spent extended secondment’s at banks and funds in a variety of roles.


APLMA Documentation Committee (New Zealand);

Restructuring & Insolvency Turnaround Association;

Institute of Finance Professionals of New Zealand.


LLB, BCom, University of Canterbury

David has successfully completed all three levels of examinations for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme.

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Banking and finance

(Next Generation Partners)

David WeaversRussell McVeagh

Unrivalled by its breadth of knowledge, availability and ability to solve complex finance issuesRussell McVeagh‘s corporate and acquisition financing practice demonstrates strong capability on bond issuances, securitisation, refinancings and debt restructuring. National practice group chair Guy Lethbridge is widely recognised for his expertise in debt capital markets and the regulation of banks, insurers and other financial institutions. ‘Highly competentDeemple Budhia is likewise a key figure in this field; she recently acted for ANZ on the sale of UDC Finance and established UDC’s $2bn securitisation programme. John Powell is ‘completely on top of all areas of banking and securities law’, and similarly, up-and-coming partner Tom Hunt is ‘very knowledgeable and fully understanding of his clients’ needs’, and is also active in corporate financing. David Weavers is another figure for corporate finance and alternative credit segment, and is active on funds formation mandates for new private credit platforms.