Four Partner Appointments Enhance Russell McVeagh Partnership

Leading commercial law firm Russell McVeagh is further
growing its partnership with key home-grown senior talents
Alex
MacDuff
, Bevan
Peachey
, Hannah
Wilson
and Michael
Loan
– being promoted to partner (subject to
completing Law Society requirements).

Spanning
the firm’s Litigation, Banking & Finance, and Corporate
Advisory practice groups, the appointments follow on from
the firm’s appointment of Real Estate & Construction
partner, Doran
Wyatt
, based in Wellington earlier this
year.

Board Chair Allison
Arthur-Young
says, “We are so pleased to celebrate these
career milestones for these talented lawyers who have all
returned to the firm in recent years following experiences
gained overseas. Bringing this experience to central areas
of considerations for many organisations across Aotearoa,
including infrastructure, renewable energy, and
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) areas, they are
each helping organisations respond to risks and to take
advantage of opportunities across a broad spectrum of
areas.”

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Alex
MacDuff, Litigation/Restructuring &
Insolvency

Alex is a general
commercial litigator who specialises in restructuring,
insolvency and special situations. His experience includes
advising corporates, financial institutions, insolvency
practitioners and other stakeholders on structuring,
restructurings, stressed and distressed refinancings,
insolvencies and related disputes. His commercial litigation
practice encompasses a broad range of corporate and company
disputes.

He returned to Russell McVeagh in late 2021,
and prior to this, spent a number of years working in London
for Allen & Overy’s Global Restructuring Group advising
on high-profile cross-border and domestic matters.

Bevan
Peachey, Banking and Finance

Bevan
has a broad finance practice with a focus on project finance
and the infrastructure and energy sectors. He brings a
wealth of experience from working on innovative and complex
financing and infrastructure transactions in New Zealand and
international markets, including some of the largest project
financings in the New Zealand market.

Bevan has worked
on significant transactions for many of the firm’s key
clients. He advises domestic and international financial
institutions, corporate borrowers, sponsors and government
agencies on a wide range of strategic financing transactions
and infrastructure projects. He began his career at Russell
McVeagh and re-joined the firm when he returned to New
Zealand after working in the United Kingdom for a number of
years.

Hannah
Wilson, Corporate Advisory &
ESG

Hannah specialises in M&A,
complex commercial contracting, joint venture and
shareholder arrangements. Clients value Hannah’s combined
strengths in M&A and commercial transactions as she
knows how to negotiate successful outcomes while
understanding the need to build relationships that will last
after the deal is done.

She returned to the firm in
January 2022 after an extended period at global law firm
Hogan Lovells, where she gained particular experience
working on strategic transactions for clients in the life
sciences and automotive industries.

Michael
Loan, Corporate Advisory – Head of
Infrastructure

Michael is
the firm’s Head of Infrastructure. He has extensive
experience across M&A, joint ventures and corporate and
project finance transactions. Michael re-joined Russell
McVeagh in the Corporate Advisory team in 2022 after a
13-year stint in London, the last eight of which he spent at
Macquarie’s Green Investment Group. His experience includes
lead roles on numerous capital formation and investment
transactions across the renewable energy subsectors,
including offshore and onshore wind, solar and
waste-to-energy.

Michael provides strategic advice to
clients and helps clients progress their projects and
investment strategies in renewables and the broader
infrastructure
sector.

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