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Mark Lowndes

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Work Department

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Investment & Trade


Managing Director


Mark is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer. He advises New Zealand and international companies on a range of matters such as mergers and acquisitions, securitisations, capital raising, private equity, venture capital, corporate recovery and international investment.

Mark also leads the firm’s technology, media, telecommunications and IP practices, which act for a wide range of clients from start-ups to global brands on local and international matters.

Mark commenced practice at Simpson Grierson. After a period as in-house counsel for BP Oil New Zealand, he founded Lowndes Jordan in 1986 as New Zealand’s first ’boutique’ law firm. In 1997 he founded Lowndes, which combines the partner accessibility and client-focus of a boutique firm with the knowledge and range of specialist expertise of a large commercial firm.

Alongside his corporate advisory work, Mark holds various company directorships and trusteeships in NZ and internationally. He is a Certified Member of the Institute of Directors and has served as a mentor for the Institute of Directors’ New and Aspiring Directors Programme.

Mark has chaired Multilaw, a leading global association of over 9,000 lawyers practising in 100 countries, and ranked as ‘Elite’ by Chambers Global. Mark leads the firm’s involvement with Multilaw and leading international networks Legalink and INBLF. He is active in the International Bar Association and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association where he is Vice-Chair of the Legal Practice Committee.

Mark is recommended as a leading lawyer by prominent international legal industry directories including Chambers Global, Legal 500 (‘Highly Recommended’) and Asialaw Profiles (‘a Market Leading Lawyer’).

Mark has served as a judge of the New Zealand Law Awards and the Australasian Law Awards respectively since 2015.




  • AEA International Lawyers Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand
  • Angel Association New Zealand
  • British New Zealand Business Association
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA)
  • Institute of Directors NZ
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
  • Justinian Lawyers
  • New Zealand Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (NZVCA)
  • Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association New Zealand Incorporated (RITANZ)


  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Certified Member of the Institute of Directors
  • Honorary Consul of the Republic of Mauritius to New Zealand
  • Knight Grand Officer Portugal
  • Knight Order of St Michael of the Wing Portugal
  • Cross of Merit Sovereign Military Order Knights of Malta

New Zealand

Corporate and M&A

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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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Lowndes in Auckland has a lean dispute resolution practice that focuses on high-profile contentious matters. Among these is the SkyCity litigation, which is one of the largest civil and criminal fraud cases currently underway in New Zealand. Key partner Jacqueline Lethbridge is handling that case, which centres on charges of fraud by a former employee. Lethbridge and corporate partner Mark Lowndes are also handling a complex and high-value case involving governance issues at one of the country's largest mortgage brokers. Veteran litigator Michael McCarthy has a broad dispute resolution practice that includes shipping matters. He is acting for the owner of the container ship Rena and its P&I and hull insurers in a complex shipwreck case following the  largest maritime incident ever to have occurred on the New Zealand coast and the second most expensive wreck removal operation ever in the world. Principal Tim Jeffcott focuses on corporate disputes and consultant Mike Whale is also recommended for his vast experience in restructuring and insolvency disputes.

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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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Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Within: Transport (rail, road, air and sea)

Lowndes in Auckland provides commercial and dispute resolution services to transport operators - particularly in the shipping sector - and their insurers. The firm also acts for aviation, logistics and marine industry clients, including owners of luxury yachts. Michael McCarthy is one of New Zealand’s leading shipping litigators. He continues to lead the Rena Shipwreck matter, in which he is advising the owners of the ship and its P&I and hull insurers. The wreck was the largest maritime incident ever to occur on the New Zealand Coast, and the second most expensive wreck removal operation in the world. The firm is also handling the owner's application under the Resource Management Act for consent to leave the remains of the wreck on the reef. Corporate partner Mark Lowndes is playing a key role in that matter. Also recommended is principal Tim Jeffcott, who has a broad litigation practice that includes admiralty proceedings, maritime insurance claims, vessel damage and destruction investigations.

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