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Senior Associate

Sarah Lee



P+64 9 977 5279

M+64 21 608 744

Sarah Lee

Sarah is a senior associate in the firm's commercial group. Sarah advises both local subsidiaries of multi-nationals and locally grown medium to large sized businesses on a range of commercial and corporate issues.

Sarah has particular expertise in sales and marketing, consumer and fair trading laws, including advertising, privacy, anti-spam, events, sponsorship, competition and sales promotions, gambling, and distribution. Her experience covers a wide range of industries and subject matter, including technology, energy, forestry, and financial institutions.

Sarah regularly advises a number of major forestry companies on the acquisitions, disposals, joint venture, and other commercial arrangements.

Sarah is uniquely experienced in advising direct selling businesses in respect of their compliance obligations relating to establishment and operations in New Zealand.

Examples of Work

  • Watercare Services - advising on the purchase of a 1800-hectare commercial pine forest as part of a native forest regeneration project in the Hunua ranges aimed at better preserving Auckland's water supply
  • Matariki Forests, Blakely Pacific and various local authorities - acquisitions and disposals of forests, joint ventures and grant of forestry rights
  • Mr Rental - advising on all aspects of its franchise business in New Zealand, including in relation to consumer credit laws
  • Westpac New Zealand (including on secondment) - various sales and marketing, fair trading, consumer, privacy and anti-spam legislation issues
  • Samsung New Zealand and Mighty River Power (Mercury) - various fair trading, consumer and advertising issues, including consumer guarantees
  • Forestry client - assisting on a carbon trade transaction with a global investment bank
  • Overseas managed fund - review and negotiation of transaction documents for investing in New Zealand's agricultural assets
  • Regional Facilities Auckland - integration of a major sports venue into its operation
  • Direct sellers - structuring and compliance advice for overseas based direct sellers establishing and operating in New Zealand

Other Credentials

  • Admitted as solicitor, New South Wales, Australia