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Hamish Beckett

Senior Associate

Corporate Advisory

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Hamish is a senior associate in the firm's corporate advisory team. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, overseas investment, joint venture arrangements and a broad range of commercial contracts and general corporate matters, including listing rules compliance.

Hamish acts for a number of the firm's key corporate clients, including Fonterra, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, Lion, Woolworths, APHG, Sanford, My Food Bag and Precinct. Hamish is a trusted adviser known for his extensive technical skills and ability to calmly guide clients through complex transactions with commercial advice.


Hamish's experience includes advising:

  • Fonterra on its partial divestment of GDT to NZX and the European Energy Exchange
  • ANZ on the sale of its New Zealand asset finance business, UDC Finance, for NZ$762 million to Shinsei Bank.
  • Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation in relation to the establishment of the new $300 million Venture Capital Fund.
  • Zuellig family on its block trade sale of shares in EBOS.
  • Trade Me on its takeover by way of scheme of arrangement by Apax Partners.
  • Trustpower on the sale of its electricity metering business to FCL.
  • Riverside on its investment in the Hiway group.
  • Healthscope on its various contractual pathology services arrangements with DHBs.
  • Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation on its investment in NZ Gourmet.
  • A bidder for the Stevenson Group's quarrying and concrete business.
  • Suncorp on its takeover offer for Tower Insurance by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Emergent Cold on its acquisition of Polarcold from Scales.
  • Riverside on its sale of Simcro to Datamars
  • The shareholders of Hally Labels on its sale to Hexagon/Mercury Capital.
  • Woolworths on its acquisition of EziBuy and subsequent sale of EziBuy to Alceon.
  • Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation on its investment in Direct Capital Fund 5.
  • Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation on a block trade sale of its stake in Z Energy.
  • Genesis Energy on its advanced metering arrangements with Vector AMS.
  • Spark on its acquisition of the Digital Island business and investment in
  • The receivers of the Pumpkin Patch retail group on its sale of IP to Catch Group.
  • CKI on various New Zealand projects, including the acquisition of Enviro Waste.
  • Fonterra on its GlobalDairyTrade platforms, including the development of the GDT Events platform and establishment of its online GDT Marketplace platform.
  • BMW New Zealand on a wide range of dealership and other strategic matters.
  • Lion on various beverage supply and strategic commercial arrangements.


LLB (Hons), BA (Economics), University of Auckland.


Hamish joined Russell McVeagh in 2013 and was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 2014.

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