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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)

Guy LethbridgeRussell 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.