Greg Neill




Greg is an experienced tax lawyer and provides advice on a broad range of New Zealand tax matters for local and offshore clients. His primary expertise includes M&A, private equity, banking and corporate finance, real estate and forestry transactions.
Greg spent several years in the banking and financial structuring group at Linklaters LLP in London and is particularly experienced with corporate and financing transactions involving complex tax, financial reporting or regulatory capital aspects. He returned to Russell McVeagh in 2021 to further enhance the market-leading tax team.



Greg has experience advising on tax matters across a range of industries and recent transactions include:

  • The establishment of DrylandCarbon, a limited partnership co-investment structure in carbon forestry between Air New Zealand, Contact Energy, Genesis Energy and Z Energy.

  • Advised KiwiRail on the tax aspects of the construction and acquisition of two new Cook Strait ferries for NZ$551m from Korean shipyard Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.

  • Advising Origin Capital Partners on the establishment of a new private equity fund seeking to invest $50-$100 million in SunGold kiwifruit.

  • Equity capital raises and investment structuring for various private businesses and investment companies involving Booster Tahi Limited Partnership, Tessera Capital and Craigmore Farming.

  • Advising  Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated on the establishment of K3 Kahungunu Property, a specialist Māori property development and trade skills entity.

  • Employee share schemes and management buy-outs for various clients including listed companies and large private businesses.

  • Tax advice for various high net worth individuals regarding New Zealand tax residence issues and taxation of private wealth investment.

  • Various binding ruling applications for corporates and private businesses, including recent rulings on R&M expenditure and the provision of a performance guarantee in the construction industry.

Greg has also been part of the legal teams advising on several unique transactions during his career including the corporate demerger of Chorus and Spark, the participation of The Royal Bank of Scotland plc in the UK government’s “Asset Protection Scheme” and the administration of Lehman Brothers International Europe.


LLB, BCA (Accounting and Commercial Law), Victoria University of Wellington.

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