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Pat Bowler


Corporate Advisory


Pat is one of the most experienced corporate lawyers in New Zealand. His work covers the whole range of corporate and government practice at a senior level.

He provides governance advice and team leadership on major projects, often involving network industries, Crown enterprises and Maori entities (including trusts).

He has advised on transactions in many industries, including electricity (generation, transmission, distribution and retail), dairy, rail, oil and gas, and shipping.


LLB, Victoria University of Wellington.


Admitted to practise in New Zealand in 1972.

Pat joined Russell McVeagh as a partner in 1984, bringing with him a wealth of corporate and commercial experience. Prior to joining he had practised in London and New Zealand, and had been General Counsel for Mobil Oil. He became a consultant in 2013.

  • Ranked as Senior Statesman in New Zealand Corporate law by Chambers Asia Pacific 2015.
  • Listed as a Leading Lawyer in M&A by the IFLR 1000 2014 edition.
  • Finalist – New Zealand Dealmaker of the Year, ALB Australasian Law Awards 2011.
  • Winner – New Zealand Dealmaker of the Year, ALB Australasian Law Awards 2009.
  • Listed in Best Lawyers® 2022 in New Zealand as a leading lawyer in Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Oil & Gas Law.
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