Guy Lethbridge > Russell McVeagh > Wellington, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Russell McVeagh
LEVEL 24, NTT Tower
New Zealand

Work Department

Banking and Finance




Guy is the National Practice Group Chair for Russell McVeagh’s Banking and Finance team and specialises in debt capital markets and the regulation of banks and other financial institutions. He advises on debt and hybrid issuances, covered bonds, securitisation, derivatives, regulatory capital instruments, NZX listing rules and regulatory issues affecting banks and other financial institutions. Guy regularly advises the New Zealand Bankers Association on industry issues and recently has been advising Government entities on funding transactions for provincial growth and post-Covid-19 recovery.

Guy became a partner at Russell McVeagh in 2004. He was admitted to practice in England and Wales in 1997 and spent a number of years practicing in the United Kingdom. Guy was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 1991.


LLB (Hons), BA, University of Otago.

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Banking and finance

(Hall of Fame)

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Clients single out Russell McVeagh for its ‘capability and expertise across the banking and finance sector, making them well-placed to provide advice on a broad range of issues’, from bond issuances and securitisations to corporate and acquisition finance, debt restructurings and project finance. In the firm’s Wellington office, Guy Lethbridge chairs the national practice group – specialising in debt capital markets and the regulation of banks, insurers and other financial institutions – while Tom Hunt has particular expertise in infrastructure and project finance matters. The Auckland office is home to ‘experienced partnersDeemple Budhia and John Powell, who are praised as ‘effective communicators, highly responsive and attuned to my client’s commercial demands’. Also in Auckland, David Weavers is noted for his capability in the corporate finance and alternative credit arenas, while Jesse Fairley, who was promoted to partner in December 2021, ‘has all the attributes necessary of an excellent banking and finance lawyer’.