Stewart Germann Law Office

Auckland, New Zealand
Princes Court, Ground Floor, 2 Princes Street
Auckland 1000
P O Box 1542, Auckland
Telephone: 00 64 9 308 9925
Fax: 00 64 9 308 9922

Stewart Germann Law Office was founded by Stewart Germann in 1993. Previously Stewart Germann had been a partner in various law firms and he has been involved in franchising since 1980.

Stewart Lloyd Germann is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and he is also a Notary Public. Stewart obtained the qualifications of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (B.Com, LLB) from the University of Auckland and he specialises in franchising law.

Stewart Germann Law Office handles all aspects of property law, commercial law and company law with particular emphasis on franchising, businesses, licensing and distribution agreements. As well as acting for many New Zealand franchisors, the firm also acts for a number of Australian franchisors who have entered New Zealand to expand their system. The firm also acts for franchisors in USA and the United Kingdom.

Stewart Germann Law Office prides itself in providing expert legal advice in relation to franchising, licensing and small business. It also provides advice in the area of intellectual property and the firm has considerable expertise in drafting commercial documentation.

Stewart Germann is a Past Chairman of the Franchise Association of New Zealand. As well as being a member of the Franchise Association of New Zealand, the firm is also a member of the Franchise Council of Australia Limited and it is the only New Zealand member of the International Franchise Association.

In February 2001 Stewart Germann was elected to the Board of the Supplier Forum (previously known as CFS) of the IFA and Stewart is the first person from outside of USA and Canada to be elected to that Board.

Stewart Germann Law Office can assist franchisors with the preparation of disclosure documents, franchise agreements, licence agreements and related documentation. The firm can also adapt US agreements for New Zealand conditions. Stewart Germann Law Office has wide contacts in the franchising industry throughout New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, USA and Asia.

Stewart Germann is one of only two New Zealand lawyers included in the International Who's Who of Franchising Lawyers. In addition, Stewart Germann Law Office in August 2003 became a member of Horwath Franchise Consultancy Group in association with Eversheds of London.

The firm is actively involved in international franchising and is also able to assist overseas franchisors, and US franchisors in particular, in finding suitable master franchisees for New Zealand.