Alex MacDuff

Alex MacDuff

Senior Associate

Litigation/Restructuring & Insolvency

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Alex MacDuff is a senior associate in Russell McVeagh's Litigation team. He is a general commercial litigator who specialises in restructuring, insolvency and special situations.
Alex's experience includes advising corporates, financial institutions and other stakeholders on restructurings, stressed and distressed refinancings and insolvencies. Alex also acts for insolvency practitioners in formal appointments such as receiverships, voluntary administrations and liquidations. He has particular experience in the retail, tourism, entertainment and aviation sectors and has advised in respect of a number of listed-company restructurings and insolvencies. 

Alex recently returned to Russell McVeagh after spending a number of years working in London for Allen & Overy's Global Restructuring Group, where he advised on a number of high-profile cross-border and domestic matters.


His recent restructuring and insolvency work includes advising:

  • the administrators of the Ezibuy group, an established New Zealand fashion retailer.
  • the administrators of the NZ Ovato group, part of the former ASX listed print and distribution business.
  • an Australian listed real estate investment fund and appointed receivers in respect of its funding and workout of, and litigation relating to, the Union Green property development.
  • Kurow Duntroon Irrigation Company on its successful restructuring and recapitalisation through voluntary administration and receivership.
  • CLSA Premium (6877.HK) on the restructuring of its NZ derivatives business and exit from the NZ market.
  • the administrators of the Greensill Capital group, a global financial services provider.
  • the lending syndicate on the proposed restructuring, and subsequent liquidation of, Thomas Cook Group plc, a former FTSE-listed multinational tour operator and airline.
  • the holdco lending syndicate on the proposed restructuring, and subsequent administration of, Intu Properties plc, a former FTSE-listed multinational shopping centre developer and manager.
  • the provisional and official liquidators of Abraaj Holdings, the global impact investing private equity firm.
  • Gategroup, an airline industry service provider, on aspects of its restructuring by way of restructuring plan.
  • Vue International and its sponsors on its rescue finance package and restructuring negotiations.
  • the senior lending syndicate on the proposed restructuring of Debenhams plc, a former FTSE-listed department store retailer.
  • the voluntary administrators of CBL Corporation, a former NZX-listed insurer.
  • a lender on the restructuring of a large New Zealand forestry industry business.
  • the receivers of the Pumpkin Patch group, a former NZX-listed fashion retail group.
  • the receivers of the Orange H (formerly Hawkins) group of companies, a construction business.

A sample of his recent disclosable litigation and advisory work includes advising:

  • financial institutions on various mediations under the Farm Debt Mediation Act.
  • a global property developer in respect of a significant sale and purchase warranty dispute.
  • a private individual in successful litigation to overturn a decision by the Registrar of Companies to prohibit him from acting as a director (Brand v Registrar of Companies [2018] NZHC 3148).
  • various stakeholders on proposed or successful schemes of arrangement, including of Trustpower, Allnex Industries, Suncorp, Thomas Cook group plc and Debenhams plc.
  • Vector in the High Court and Court of Appeal in relation to the capital treatment of a lump sum payment received for infrastructure access (CIR v Vector [2016] NZCA 296).
  • Glencore in its claims against the vessel Lancelot V and securing her sale pendent lite (Glencore Grain BV v The Ship "Lancelot V" [2015] NZHC 2052). 


LLB (Hons), BCOM, University of Auckland.
Member, Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Association of New Zealand.


Alex joined Russell McVeagh as a graduate in 2014. He worked at Allen & Overy LLP in London as an associate and senior associate in the Global Restructuring Group before returning to Russell McVeagh in 2021. 
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