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.
 

Experience

His recent work includes advising:

  • the administrators of the Greensill Capital group, a global financial services provider.
  • the syndicate on the proposed restructuring, and subsequent liquidation of, Thomas Cook Group plc, a former FTSE-listed multinational tour operator and airline.
  • the 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.
  • a large multinational corporate in the media and entertainment industry on various restructuring matters.
  • the syndicate on the proposed restructuring of Debenhams plc, a former FTSE-listed department store retailer.
  • a credit fund on its special situations financing into a UK food production and restaurant group.
  • the voluntary administrators of CBL Corporation, a former NZX-listed insurer.
  • a lender on the restructuring of a large New Zealand forestry industry business.
  • 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).
  • the receivers of the Orange H (formerly Hawkins) group of companies, a construction business.
  • the receivers of the Pumpkin Patch group, a former NZX-listed retail group.
  • various stakeholders on various proposed or successful schemes of arrangement, including of Trustpower, Allenx 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).
  • the receivers of Aquaduct NZ and related entities, a subcontractor on Central Plains Water project.
  • 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). 

Credentials

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

Professional

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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