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Sarah Kerr

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  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Mergers & Acquisitions




Sarah Kerr joined Lowndes as a Director in late 2017 with over 20 years of experience, including 11 years as a partner, first in the corporate team at Hesketh Henry in Auckland and later at a boutique corporate law firm in Auckland. Earlier in her career, Sarah worked at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, for US law firm Holme Roberts & Owen LLP in London and for English law firm Clifford Chance in Frankfurt.

Sarah practises corporate law, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture and shareholder agreements, venture capital and the drafting and negotiation of high value commercial contracts.  

Sarah advises clients who operate across a broad range of industry sectors including industrial lubricants, automotive parts, manned security, nutritional supplements and natural health products, retail, market research, life sciences and diagnostic products.  Sarah also counts amongst her clients one of New Zealand’s newest and fastest-growing players in the insurance industry.

Sarah regularly represents venture capital and early stage and expansion capital investors such as K1W1, for whom she has acted since 2004. Sarah has advised K1W1 on the entry into, exit from, and restructuring of, many of its investments over the last 14 years including in relation to Phitek Systems (aircraft cabin noise cancellation technology), PureDepth (visual display technology), Avertana (bulk industrial commodities), Icebreaker (clothing), Piako Yoghurt (food), Solar City (solar energy), Hubsta/The Deal (online shopping), Living Nature (cosmetics) and Tomizone (WiFi).

Sarah has been a contributing author of the Thomson Reuters publication Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers, Practice and Procedure for over 10 years.

She is a member of the New Zealand Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and speaks German and French.




  • Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1997
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 2001
  • Member of the New Zealand Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
  • Member of NZ Bio


  • BA/LLB (Hons) 1996

New Zealand

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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