New Zealand has the highest per capita rate of franchising in the world. It is a common method of business expansion for many New Zealand businesses operating overseas and international businesses entering the New Zealand market.

We have specialist franchising expertise and considerable experience in representing and partnering with both international and local franchisors.

Franchising is often complex and involves a unique interaction of business laws and, in some cases, franchise specific regulations which vary from country to country.

This demands excellence in legal advice across a range of areas including corporate structuring, tax, commercial contracts, and intellectual property. We take an integrated approach to franchise transactions delivering pragmatic advice to our clients.

The special nature of the relationship between franchisor and franchisee also demands a tailored approach to contract formation, contract management, and dispute resolution. We have proven expertise in managing all aspects of the franchise relationship.

Simpson Grierson is an active member of the Franchise Association of New Zealand.

Work Highlights

McLarens Young International

We advised on its New Zealand master franchise arrangements.


We advised on the structure of its New Zealand franchise operations and contractual arrangements with franchisees.


We advised on the structure of its New Zealand and Australian franchise operations and contractual arrangements with franchisees.

DB Breweries

We have advised on various theme bar arrangements in New Zealand including its Monteith's theme bars.


We advised on the establishment of its joint venture and franchise model for New Zealand.

Mr Rental 

We advised on all aspects of its franchise business in New Zealand, including in relation to consumer credit laws.

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