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Kerri Dewe

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  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Competition, Trade Practices & Consumer Law
  • Employment




Kerri has extensive corporate and commercial law experience gained in New Zealand and internationally, and has a successful practice in New Zealand’s corporate and M&A space.

Kerri joined Lowndes in 2011 and became a Principal in 2013. Kerri was appointed as director in 2018 in recognition of her talent, accomplishments, and dedication to clients and the firm. Her skills have also been externally recognised, by Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018) as ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ and as an ‘Associate to Watch’ by Chambers Global (2014).

Kerri’s practice is focused on transactional M&A matters, negotiating significant commercial contracts, and business structuring and joint venture advisory work. Kerri regularly advises on constitutional and governance issues, corporate refinancing, securities legislation, regulatory compliance, consumer law, and non-contentious employment matters. She also has experience in telecommunications and technology law, advising on procurement, outsourcing, licensing, compliance, internet related issues and energy projects.

Kerri works with clients across a range of industries, from start-ups to SMEs to leading corporates, private companies, listed companies, private equity funds, financial institutions and professional services firms. Her broad corporate and commercial experience, including valuable perspective gained working within various commercial organisations as in-house counsel, means she is an effective advisor to business and has been involved in or led many projects for the firm’s extensive client base. A proactive, effective professional, Kerri is often commended by clients for her responsiveness and project contributions.




  • Registered with the New Zealand Law Society
  • Member of NZVCA / New Zealand Private Equity & Venture Capital Association
  • Member of Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association
  • Member of TRI NZ


  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) / Bachelor of Commerce (Economics)

New Zealand

Corporate and M&A

Within: Next generation lawyers

Kerri Dewe - Lowndes

Within: Corporate and M&A

Clients of Lowndes in Auckland report 'a very high level of service and strong business acumen, as well as good value for money'. One client remarks that the firm is 'top quality - very competitive with other boutique firms and also with larger firms', while another notes that 'the lawyers are all from top-tier firms, so you get the top-tier advice - I would recommend them to any business'. The firm is best known for its expertise in M&A, corporate advisory, listed company and investment funds matters. Managing partner Mark Lowndes 'has exceptional knowledge in all areas of company and commercial law'. He recently acted for Horizon Global in the acquisition of Best Bars Limited. Paul Hartland is 'very client-focused with strong industry knowledge, great attention to detail and excellent strategic insight'. Allan McRae advised Corporate Holdings Limited on two major acquisitions. Principal Kerri Dewe is noted for her 'strong commitment to customer service and broad knowledge of commercial law'. Principal Kathryn Hickling is also praised for her 'excellent technical skills and great attention to detail'.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

At Lowndes in Auckland, IP is a key element of the firm's corporate and commercial practice, which handles cross-border technology, media and telecoms matters. The firm's founder and managing partner Mark Lowndes has a broad corporate practice that sees him advise on IP-related transactions, which recently included assisting key client Las Vegas Sands Corporation with the management of its trade mark portfolio. He also acted for NZPM and its subsidiary Plumbing World in a case filed by Australian company Astivitsa for the transfer of a trade mark. Director Sarah Kerr has more than 20 years' experience as a corporate lawyer, acting for clients in the life sciences, diagnostic products, nutritional supplements and natural health sectors, among others. Principal Kerri Dewe also handles corporate transactions in IP-rich industries. Litigator Jacqueline Lethbridge handles IP disputes as part of her practice. Greg France moved to EY Law Limited.

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Within: TMT

'Outstanding on all counts' is how one client describes the practice at Lowndes. Corporate and technology partner Mark Lowndes has 36 years' experience in the market and one client notes that he has 'a superior general knowledge in all aspects of the law, meaning he is able to advice on risks in a global manner, and how they may affect other aspects of the business'. He assisted SKYCITY Auckland with a comprehensive re-write of its template licences for the installation, access, operation and maintenance of telecoms equipment. Lowndes and principal Kerri Dewe (who is 'the complete article in TMT and commercial law - extremely bright, personable, efficient and customer-centric') advised privately owned real estate company Barfoot & Thompson on the drafting of terms for the supply of data for inclusion on technology platforms, including social media, and the negotiation of software agreements. Director Sarah Kerr also plays a key role in corporate transactions involving technology companies.

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