Chris Lee

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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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.
he Legal500 Asia Pacific 2019 Directory individually recommended Partner, Chris Lee.

Insights & Opinion / Chris Lee

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
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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