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Mark Lowndes

New Zealand

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.