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Four partner appointments enhance Russell McVeagh partnership

Alex MacDuff, Bevan Peachey, Hannah Wilson, and Michael Loan have all returned to the firm in recent years following experiences gained overseas.

From left: Alex MacDuff, Bevan Peachey, Hannah Wilson, and Michael Loan.

Fri, 01 Dec 2023

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 and finance, and corporate advisory practice groups, the appointments follow on from the firm’s appointment of real estate and construction partner, Doran Wyatt, based in Wellington earlier this year.

Board chair Allison Arthur-Young said: “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.”

Alex MacDuff, litigation/restructuring and insolvency

MacDuff 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

Peachey 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.

He 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 and ESG

Wilson specialises in M&A, complex commercial contracting, joint venture, and shareholder arrangements. Clients value her 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.

Wilson 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

Loan is the firm’s head of infrastructure. He has extensive experience across M&A, joint ventures, and corporate and project finance transactions. He 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.

Loan 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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