Litigation/Restructuring & Insolvency
Phone +64 9 367 8124
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+64 9 367 8124
Matt is an experienced Litigation/Restructuring & Insolvency partner and a general commercial litigator who specialises in restructuring and insolvency and navigates complex matters for his clients. Matt advises creditors, investors and other stakeholders in relation to enforcement of security, restructuring, recovery and insolvency strategies.
Matt’s varied practice also extends to acting for insolvency practitioners in all aspects of corporate insolvency appointments such as voluntary administration, receiverships and liquidation. Many of his matters have a cross-border element.
Matt has more than 25 years of experience, delivering excellent results for his clients. Matt has worked in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia, and he brings this international experience to the many complex matters he acts on at Russell McVeagh. His experience includes:
LLB (Hons: First Class), BA, University of Otago
Matt returned to Russell McVeagh in 2009 from Henry Davis York in Sydney, where he was a partner from 2002. He also spent a number of years at Herbert Smith in London.
Matt is ranked as a top tier Restructuring and Insolvency lawyer by the Chambers and Partners 2023 Guide and features in the 'Hall of Fame' in the Legal 500 2022 Guide. He is named an Elite Practitioner by Asialaw Profiles 2022; Highly Regarded by IFLR1000 2022; a 'Litigation Star' by Benchmark Litigation 2022; and is listed in the Expert Guides 2019 and in the peer-reviewed Doyles Guide 2021
Matt was named 'Lawyer of the Year' in Best Lawyers® 2023 Guide for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law and is recognised in the 2024 Guide for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law, Corporate Law and Litigation. Matt is also ranked a 'Litigation Star' in the Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2021 guide and a 'Global Leader', Restructuring and Insolvency, and Litigation by Who's Who Legal.
Client feedback in the Legal 500 2022 Guide emphasised Matt's expertise in the Litigation and R&I sector, stating Matt "is an outstanding practitioner and a clear leader in the New Zealand restructuring and insolvency market", "his approach to contentious matters is consistently pragmatic and constructive. His advice is always clear, accurate and well considered."
Matt has co-authored the New Zealand Securitisation chapter for the 2022 and 2023 Chambers and Partners Global Practice Guides.
He is a member of Insol: the International Association of Insolvency professionals, and has previously been a Russell McVeagh Board member and a Board member of Restructuring, Insolvency & Turnaround Association New Zealand (RITANZ).
Matt was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 1993, England and Wales in 1997 and New South Wales (Australia) in 2000.
Restructuring and Insolvency
Banking and Finance
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