Stewart Germann

Stewart Germann is our exclusively recommended Franchise Law expert in New Zealand on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Stewart directly using the contact details listed above.

Stewart is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and he attended the University of Auckland. He has the qualifications of B.Com, LLB, FCIS, CFInstD and Notary Public and he specialises in franchising, licensing, sale and purchase of businesses and commercial law.

Stewart has over 40 years’ experience in franchising law and has acted for many franchisors in New Zealand and overseas. He also acts for franchisees advising them about a particular franchise and commenting on the form of franchise documents.

From 1997 to 1999 Stewart was the Chairman of the Franchise Association of New Zealand. He has spoken at franchising conferences in New Zealand, Australia and USA and is very interested in international franchising. He has also written numerous articles on franchising for New Zealand and international publications.

Stewart is a member of the International Franchise Association based at Washington DC and of the International Bar Association.

Stewart is a qualified mediator and is a member of AMINZ. He is also on the Panel of Mediators of the Franchise Association of New Zealand.

In 2020 Stewart was awarded CFEby the IFA and he is the only person in New Zealand with CFE

Firm Overview:

We are a boutique commercial law firm in Auckland specialising in franchising, licensing, the sale and purchase of businesses and providing notarial services.

SGL is a member of the Franchise Association of New Zealand, the Franchise Council of Australia Limited, the International Franchise Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.

Stewart Germann has a proven track record in New Zealand and overseas which includes the following:

  • First franchisor client in 1980.
  • Instrumental in the formation of the Franchise Association of New Zealand in 1996.
  • Wrote the original rules for the Franchise Association of New Zealand.
  • Board Member of the New Zealand Franchise Association for many years.
  • Chairman of the Franchise Association of New Zealand from 1997 to 1999.
  • Elected to the Board of the Supplier Forum of the International Franchise Association (IFA) in 2001 (first person from outside the USA and Canada) and re-elected in 2004 for a further 3 year term.
  • Included in the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers.
  • Speaker on franchising law at conferences in New Zealand, Australia and the USA.
  • World Franchise Council Representative from 1997 to 1999.
  • Speaker in the UK on franchising on behalf of the British Franchise Association.
  • Actively involved in international franchising.
  • Published many articles in International Franchise Journals.
  • Notary Public for life and able to witness documents for use in overseas jurisdictions.

In relation to business law Stewart has revised the chapter in the Legal Practice Manual on agreements for sale and purchase of businesses for the Auckland District Law Society and he is the author of the Sale of Business chapter in the Laws of New Zealand as published by Butterworths.

Stewart has presented papers at many franchise conferences in New Zealand, Australia and the United States of America.

Mark Bewley

Mark Bewley is our exclusively recommended Assurance Services expert in New Zealand on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mark directly using the contact details listed above.

With over 25 years audit experience, Mark has built up a wealth of experience providing assurance services to a large variety of New Zealand listed and high-profile international companies, Not-for-Profit clients and public sector entities.

Mark also provides governance advice, risk management and fraud presentations, as well as due diligence advice for mergers and acquisitions.

Mark is the current managing partner of BDO Wellington and past National Board member and head of audit for BDO New Zealand and Horwath New Zealand.

Well respected among his peers, Mark has regularly presented training sessions to accountants and auditors for the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Firm Overview:

The best reason to choose BDO isn’t our service offerings, though they are among the most extensive in our industry. It isn’t our resources, though they are among the broadest in the world. It isn’t that we possess experience working with virtually every business sector in Canada, or that we offer the highest standards of technical excellence, though we do.

Ultimately, the best reason to choose BDO comes down to the relationships we build with our clients and communities. Because at the end of the day, ours is a business of people working with, for, and in the service of others. And when you think about it that way, client service becomes more than just client service; it becomes a firm-wide dedication to helping the people we serve succeed – whatever they need, wherever they are, however we can.

Bruce Sheppard

Bruce Sheppard is our exclusively recommended Accounting Services expert in New Zealand on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Bruce directly using the contact details listed above.

Bruce co founded Gilligan Sheppard in 1985 and is the Managing Partner. Bruce prides himself on telling clients what he honestly thinks, rather than what he thinks they want to hear. This doesn’t necessarily mean that what he thinks is relevant or useful. Most others still prefer to tell people what they want to hear for the simple commercial imperative that people pay more for advice that validates their own world view. Bruce prefers commercial honesty no matter what.

Bruce also likes to cut to the solution quickly and tends to find simple solutions to problems by demonstrating that all complex issues can be made quite simple with a little thought. While he is inflexible on matters of ethics, he may have a different view of ethics to many. He has the confidence to trust his own judgement on what is right and wrong, and when he gets it wrong (very rarely), he doesn’t cover it up – he tries to fix it or make good. Most tend to have some flexibility about what they are prepared to do if cash is involved, and when it goes wrong, try to cover it up. After 30 years in business, the reality is that there is no point, it always comes out eventually.

Strategically as a firm Bruce has successfully positioned Gilligan Sheppard as a wealth services firm. They help clients generate, maintain and optimise wealth through business and investment.

As a result of his now past hobby, (the New Zealand Shareholders Association) and his exposure to the regulatory process of government, he has become exposed to all aspects of the capital markets in NZ including the inner functioning of regulators, major listed companies and market intermediaries.

He regularly speaks at public forums on investing principles, governance and economic issues, as well as participating both publicly and privately in significant policy settings.

Bruce is an effective negotiator and mediator in resolving disputes and effecting transactions.

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Tim Clarke

Tim Clarke is our exclusively recommended Public Law expert in New Zealand on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Tim directly using the contact details listed above.

Tim leads the firm’s public law and policy practice and has over 20 years’ experience providing public law and policy advice to major national and international corporates, key government departments, state owned enterprises and crown entities.

He is also a leading advisor on regulatory law matters (including economic regulation) across a range of industry sectors including finance, transportation, health, fisheries, food, water, ports, airports and energy.

Prior to joining Russell McVeagh in 2005, Tim established and led the public law and policy practice of another major New Zealand law firm.

Five partner appointments enhance Russell McVeagh partnership : Russell McVeagh

Firm Overview:

Russell McVeagh is New Zealand’s premier commercial law firm.

Russell McVeagh has nearly 400 staff and partners across our Auckland and Wellington offices. Our lawyers are highly regarded in their fields and are recognised internationally for their expertise.

Whether a major corporate, regulator, investor, public sector, or non-profit organisation, we listen and take the time to develop a deep understanding of our clients’ ambitions. We adapt to the client’s preferred ways of working and always seek to find solutions that align with their culture and values, and strategic goals. Above all, we aim to provide pragmatic and clear advice.

Gavin Macdonald

Gavin Macdonald is our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in New Zealand on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Gavin directly using the contact details listed above.

Gavin’s expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, public issues of securities, compliance with stock exchange listing rules, underwriting, joint venture agreements, shareholders agreements and company law.

Gavin has worked on many major corporate transactions in New Zealand in recent years, involving clients such as Air New Zealand, Rank Group, Mainfreight, Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Waste Management and DB Breweries.

Chambers Asia Pacific ranks Gavin as one of only two ‘star’ corporate lawyers in the country, noting he is lauded by both clients and peers as being at “the absolute top of the market.”

Gavin is also listed as a leading lawyer in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for corporate and mergers and acquisitions, and the IFLR1000.

Firm Overview:

Bell Gully is a leading New Zealand law firm. As one of the oldest New Zealand firms, established in 1840, our history is deeply embedded in domestic business.

​​​​​​​We value our longstanding corporate client relationships with the likes of ANZ, ASB, Air New Zealand and Fletcher Building, Carter Holt Harvey and Fisher & Paykel. In addition, we have a leading public sector practice and have worked with the New Zealand government on all of its recent innovative financial projects.

We have experts in all the areas of commercial law which our clients need. In addition to our five legal departments – corporate, litigation, banking and finance, real estate and projects ​and tax; we have specialist practices in competition, funds management, employment, trademarks and resource management.

As with all leading firms globally, we recognise the importance to clients of having advisors who understand the industries in which they operate.