Auckland Business Specialist

Mark Lowndes is an experienced New Zealand corporate and commercial lawyer with honors law and commerce degrees. He advises New Zealand and international companies on a range of matters such as corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, private equity, venture capital, technology, and international investment.

Mark commenced practice at one of the very large New Zealand firms. After a period as in-house counsel for BP Oil New Zealand, he founded his first law firm, aged 26. It was 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 full-service commercial firm. Lowndes is known as an innovative “NewLaw” law firm bringing “BigLaw” talent to the firm’s clients in a lean, flexible, commercially driven environment.

About a third of the firm’s revenue is from overseas clients with businesses and investments in New Zealand. The firm is experienced in assisting overseas companies not only with their legal matters, but with their other needs through collaboration with, or introductions to, other business advisory firms with which the firm works.

Mark has been recommended as a leading lawyer by the prominent international legal industry directories including Chambers Asia Pacific, IFLR, Asialaw Profiles, and Best Lawyers.

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, has served as a mentor for the Institute of Directors’ training programs, and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Example recent client testimonies from legal directories:

“His quality of work is always high and he goes above and beyond. He is available 24/7 for his clients” and is “very down-to-earth.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific


Mark Lowndes has a “superior general knowledge in all aspects of the law, meaning he is able to advise on risks in a global manner, and how they may affect other aspects of the business.”