Matthew Kersey

Partner

Litigation/Restructuring & Insolvency

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Matt is a Russell McVeagh Board member and an experienced Litigation/Restructuring & Insolvency 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.

Experience

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:

  • Acting for the liquidators of the Halifax Group, cross border insolvency of online broking business.
  • Acting for the receivers of the Tamarind Taranaki Limited oilfield.
  • Advising voluntary administrators of CBL Corporation, listed insurance entity.
  • Advising listed entities and financiers on large-scale restructuring and insolvency assignments.
  • Acting for the receivers of the Pumpkin Patch retail group.
  • Acting for Bath Street Capital in proceedings brought by Pyne Gould Corporation in respect of the sale of shares in Perpetual Trust Limited.
  • 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.

Credentials

LLB (Hons: First Class), BA, University of Otago

Professional

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 Chambers and Partners 2020, Legal 500Asialaw Profiles 2019, IFLR1000, and in the peer-reviewed Doyles Guide 2020. He was named the Best Lawyers® 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in New Zealand for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law and is also listed in the 2021 version of the guide for Litigation. 

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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