Russell McVeagh partner Guy Lethbridge
, has been recognised as New Zealand's most influential Banking and Finance lawyer, achieving an Eminent Practitioner ranking in the 2021 Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific guide. Guy is the only Banking and Finance lawyer in New Zealand to have received this and one of only two lawyers across the entire New Zealand market to have achieved this distinguished ranking.
Chambers and Partners award this ranking to highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area and Guy is widely viewed as a prominent figure in the market with an enviable track record on capital markets transactions. As the firm's National Practice Group Chair for Banking and Finance, he offers significant experience on debt and hybrid bond issuances as well as securitisation and derivatives mandates.
Guy has a fantastic history as one of New Zealand’s leading capital markets practitioners. Experienced working on major debt and hybrid issuances and covered bonds, he also offers regulatory compliance advice and assists with a range of financing transactions.
"Guy is an outstanding lawyer and truly unique in New Zealand as our country's leading Banking and Finance lawyer,"
said Russell McVeagh Board Chair Malcolm Crotty. "As the top expert in his field, he has all the important attributes we look for in our leaders, including showing a deep commitment and passion for his clients and practice group, commercial vision and business understanding, diligence, and mentoring and sharing his knowledge with junior lawyers to add breadth and depth to our team. We are delighted his mana and expertise has been recognised by clients and competitors through this independent research process."
Guy specialises in debt capital markets and the regulation of banks and other financial institutions. His career spans 30 years and over this time, Guy has become a thought leader in his field, regularly contributing to publications on banking regulation, including authoring the New Zealand Chapter in The Banking Regulation Review
for The Law Reviews, as well as Russell McVeagh's recent Deposit Takers Reform Series
Guy 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. He also advises borrowers and lenders on a wide range of corporate finance facilities.