Matthew Kersey



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Matt is a Russell McVeagh Board member and an experienced Litigation partner. He is 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 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:

  • Acting for the receivers of the Pumpkin Patch retail group.
  • Acting for senior financiers in relation to Solid Energy New Zealand’s restructuring in 2015.
  • Acting for senior secured creditors in respect of the NZ recognition proceedings (Chapter 11) for UCI Holdings.
  • Acting for Bath Street Capital in proceedings brought by Pyne Gould Corporation in respect of the sale of shares in Perpetual Trust Limited.
  • Advising an investor in respect of its senior debt holding and shareholding in the Mediaworks debt for equity restructure.
  • Acting for Samsung Electronics New Zealand in respect of proceedings by its former New Zealand call centre operator.
  • Acting for the receivers of the Mainzeal construction group.
  • Acting for the receivers of Aquaduct NZ Limited and related entities (subcontractor on Central Plains Water).
  • Advising an electricity market participant on settlement systems and prudential arrangements under the Electricity Code including advice on amendments to the Code.
  • Acting for QBE in proceedings against the liquidators of HIH in relation to compensation for leaky building insurance payments.
  • Defending the bank syndicate for Hastie Group in relation to proceedings brought in relation to a sale and purchase of assets of the operating companies in the group.
  • Advising the administrators of the Whitcoulls/Borders group on the restructure and sale of the group.
  • Advising the late Allan and Jean Hubbard on the statutory management of Aorangi Securities Limited and their personal affairs.
  • Advising the receivers to the Hurlstone Earthmoving group.
  • Advising senior and junior financiers on the debt for equity restructure of the Yellow Pages group and NZ Glass group.


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 a leading lawyer for restructuring and insolvency by Chambers and Partners 2020, Legal 500Asialaw Profiles 2018 and as a preeminent lawyer by Doyles Guide 2017. He was also awarded Lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers® 2020 in New Zealand for his work in Insolvency and Reorganization Law and is listed as a highly regarded lawyer by IFLR 1000

Matt has co-authored the New Zealand Securitisation chapter for Chambers and Partners 2018 Global Practice Guides. 

He joined the Russell McVeagh Board in 2019, is on the Board of Restructuring, Insolvency & Turnaround Association New Zealand (RITANZ) and a member of Insol: the International Association of Insolvency professionals.

Matt was admitted to practise in New Zealand in 1993, England and Wales in 1997 and New South Wales (Australia) in 2000.

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