Partner

Chris Lee

LLB / BCA
Profile
Chris Lee is a Partner in our Business Advice team and has more than 20 years experience in M&A and corporate and commercial law

After qualifying in the M&A and Securities teams of one of New Zealand’s largest firms, Chris practiced in London for more than a decade.  Initially, he worked for a listed property services group, primarily in conducting due diligence for and then documenting 19 bolt-on acquisitions.

In his 2nd UK role, he spent 6 years in-house, ending as global legal director for FTSE 250 engineering company, Morgan Advanced Materials plc.  In addition to responsibilities related to M&A and significant commercial agreements, Chris sat on the risk committee, managed significant litigation and regulatory investigations and assisted with the development and roll-out of compliance programmes.  Following Chris’ return to New Zealand, Morgan has remained a client.

Chris’ practice is now focused on:

  • Mergers & acquisitions, including due diligence and cross-border joint ventures;
  • Negotiating commercial agreements, including: manufacturing; supply and procurement; confidentiality; distribution; agency; and terms and conditions; and
  • All aspects of governance and legal corporate compliance.

Chris is a regular presenter of seminars and papers to legal and industry groups and is a guest speaker at business retreats.

Chris is the Honorary solicitor for the Auckland University Rugby Football Club.

 

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Experience

Examples of work completed by Chris include:

  • Advising an off-shore client on its initial financing of, and then staged acquisition of a 95% stake in, a New Zealand print management & procurement company;
  • Advising the purchaser of a labour services business;
  • Advising a software business on its agreement for the development of a robo-advice platform for a multi-national financial institution; and
  • Advising on the successful settlement of disputes between shareholders and the resulting sale and purchase of relevant companies.
Recommendations
The Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory individually recommended Partner, Chris Lee.
Publications

Insights & Opinion / Chris Lee

Distribution Agreements – 6 Key Considerations
While the exact nature and terms of a distribution agreement will vary between industries and jurisdictions, these 6 issues will always be important.
28.06.2018 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law
Continued Importance of IP Protection for Manufacturers
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has recently released a report which identified key trends and challenges for the manufacturing sector.
28.06.2018 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law
Recent case finds that lack of a resident director isn’t immediately fatal
A New Zealand company needs at least one resident director
24.11.2017 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law
First judgment on whether a director “lives in” New Zealand
The Companies Act gives no guidance on how to determine whether a director will pass the Residency Requirement in New Zealand.
25.07.2016 Posted in Company Law
“Hallelujah, I’m free!” Exiting a multi-owner SME – the importance of a Shareholders’ Agreement
A Shareholders' Agreement is a contract between a company's owners which should regulated the way the business operates and how owners deal with each other.
19.07.2016 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law
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