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Wynn Williams

The Wynn Williams team understand franchising and have global experience advising brand owners/franchisors, master franchisees, investors and franchisees. We are known for our trans-Tasman expertise and can quickly assist you to assess and grow your business in the New Zealand market.

Who are we?

Wynn Williams is a leading New Zealand law firm with offices in Auckland and Christchurch. We are a full service firm and can help clients with any legal issue. We have specialist skills in the areas of franchising, licensing and network expansion and have a large team of lawyers that can help you with any query. We work in all sectors and can advise franchisees and franchisors.

We work with a variety of clients at different stages in the growth cycle, ranging from start-up to global brands, corporate network conversions and roll-up acquisitions. We enjoy working with our clients to understand their business and become part of the team leading growth, driving change, managing risk, exploiting alternate channels, executing strategy and ultimately planning for succession opportunities.

Our team is well connected globally and regularly advise on cross-border transactions, private equity investment and capital raising. Our lead franchise partner, Katrina Hammon, holds an Australian practising certificate and efficiently advises global franchisors and brand owners expanding from Australia to New Zealand. Our unique trans-Tasman perspective enables us to quickly adapt Australian and global legal documents, systems and processes for the New Zealand market.

We are members of the New Zealand Franchise Association. We attend the Franchise Council of Australia and International Franchise Association events and legal symposiums to ensure our advice takes into account global developments and best practice in franchising. Our team offers legal education to clients and the global franchise community and is often called on to present at events and contribute thought leadership in franchising. 

How can we help?

Key areas we can assist:

  • Market entry and New Zealand legal compliance
  • Corporate structuring and IP ownership
  • Legal documents 
  • Mergers and acquisitions, including roll-up acquisitions
  • Private equity investment or sale
  • Capital raising 
  • Dispute resolution
  • Brand protection and enforcement
  • Leasing and management of national leasing portfolios
  • Managing risk and liability
  • Conversion of corporate networks to franchise and vice versa
  • Global expansion
  • Exploiting alternate channels for distribution and supply
  • Brand partnerships and stakeholder arrangements
  • Competition and consumer law, including marketing and advertising
  • Employment and health & safety
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Supply chain and procurement
  • Loyalty , subscription and finance programmes

Why should you seek advice?

Working with our team of specialist franchise lawyers will ensure you are getting advice that meets New Zealand legal requirements and always takes into account global trends and best practice in franchising.

We take the time to understand your business and add value. Often the value add is enabling clients to leverage our local and global connections and trusted advisors such as investors, accountants, tax specialists, business brokers, leasing agents, insurance brokers, bankers and industry specific experts.

Who do we work with?

Our team work with global and local brands and have wide-ranging experience in the retail, grocery, distribution, travel, fashion, QSR, freight/transport/automotive, hospitality, beauty and hair, medical, home services, real estate and consumer finance services sector. 

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