Chris Lee

Chris Lee is a Partner in our Business Advice team and has more than 20 years experience, including more than a decade in London, in M&A and corporate and commercial law.

Chris is a trusted adviser for a range of exciting NZ and international clients, helping them to grow their businesses faster by:

  • securing strategic partnerships through strong commercial agreements;
  • protecting and enhancing IP;
  • navigating shareholder and director issues;  and
  • assisting with regulatory compliance.

Chris’ practice is focused on:

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

Chris is individually recommended in The Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2020.

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Examples of work completed by Chris include:

  • Advising an off-shore client on lending to, and then staged acquisition of a 95% stake in, a New Zealand print management & procurement company.
  • Shareholders’ agreement for a significant construction business.
  • Advising a software business on a robo-advice platform for a major financial institution and a paper-less meeting system for local government.
  • Advising on the settlement of significant disputes between shareholders and the resulting sale and purchase of relevant companies.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2020 Directory individually recommended Partner, Chris Lee.

Insights & Opinion / Chris Lee

Budget 2020: $4 Billion Business Support Package
Yesterday Hon Grant Robertson delivered Budget 2020, which he called “the most significant financial commitment by a New Zealand government in modern history”. The Budget establishes a $50 billio...
15.05.2020 Posted in Business Advice
Budget 2020: “Far from business as usual”
This week brings a cascade of significant events.
13.05.2020 Posted in Business Advice
COVID-19: Business Finance Guarantee Scheme – loan applications now open
Businesses can now start applying to their banks for loans under the $6.25 billion Business Finance Guarantee Scheme (“BFGS”), set up to support small and medium-sized businesses during the COVID-...
03.04.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19
COVID-19: Business Finance Guarantee Scheme
The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank recently announced a major financial support package for businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package includes a $6.25 billion...
30.03.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19
A million reasons for Rangatira to be bitter about the Tuatara earn-out
The Court of Appeal’s decision in The Malthouse Ltd v Rangatira Ltd highlights some of the risks with earn-out arrangements and, in contrast to recent High Court rulings, illustrates a more traditio...
06.03.2019 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law
When did you last have your Ts & Cs reviewed?
The Commerce Commission recently announced that, after its investigation of jeweller Michael Hill Limited, the company was fined $169K for breaching its obligations in relation to the extended warrant...
13.12.2018 Posted in Corporate & Commercial law