LLB, BCom, Partner
Stephen Lowe
Stephen is a Corporate Advisory partner in the national Corporate & Commercial Team specialising in corporate and commercial law with particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions and securities and energy law.

He has over 30 years’ legal experience and advises clients on all aspects of commercial law including corporate governance, contract law, trade practices, overseas investment, competition and securities.

Stephen has been noted as a leading lawyer in mergers and acquisitions by independent legal directory IFLR1000, and is also recommended by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019. Stephen is included in NZ Lawyer's Hot List and was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Ninth Edition of The Best Lawyers in New Zealand in the practice areas of: Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Private Equity Law.

He has acted as advisor to a wide range of businesses including AMP, ANZ, Amcor, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Heinz, Honda, Maui Capital, Mercury, Orora, Philip Morris, PwC, the New Zealand Treasury, Tegel and Westpac.

"I understand your business, use my experience to deliver commercial insights, and deliver cost-effective solutions."
Wynn Williams (Auckland)
Level 25, Vero Centre,
48 Shortland Street,
Auckland 1010,
New Zealand.


Recent Projects

  • The following are examples of Stephen's legal work whilst at Wynn Williams and other firms:
  • Assisting the New Zealand Treasury on the IPO of Genesis Energy.
  • Assisting Mercury on all aspects of its IPO under the New Zealand government’s mixed ownership model.
  • Assisting Maui Capital on the establishment of the Indigo and Aqua Funds, and on investments by those funds.
  • Assisting Mercury on the establishment of its Kawerau, Nga Awa Purua and Ngatamariki geothermal power stations.

Recent Articles


COVID-19: OIO to screen all overseas investments

The Government has announced that it will amend the Overseas Investment Act in mid-June. From then, the proposal is that all foreign investment that results in a more than 25% ownership interest, an increase in existing interests to, or greater than, 50%, 75%, 100%, or effectively a change of control in the underlying business, must be notified.

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Crisis cartels or COVID collusion: Supreme Court Judgement a timely reminder against cartel arrangements

A Supreme Court judgement handed down last month related to the Commerce Commission’s cases against real estate agencies in Hamilton in connection with TradeMe fees for properties listed for sale. The Commerce Commission has to date secured $19m in penalties and the High Court will now determine the penalties for the remaining two agencies and two individuals. This time next year it will be a criminal offence to enter into a cartel arrangement in New Zealand. This aligning New Zealand competition law with that of Australia and other trading partners.

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Wynn Williams Christchurch
Level 5, Wynn Williams House, 47 Hereford Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand.
PO Box 4341, DX WX11179, Christchurch 8140.
+64 3 379 7622
+64 3 379 2467
Wynn Williams Auckland
Level 25, Vero Centre, 48 Shortland Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
PO Box 2401, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140.
+64 9 300 2600
+64 9 300 2609

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