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Franchise 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Stewart Germann is recognised as an “excellent lawyer” and “the top guy in the country” for franchise law, thanks to his 35 years of experience handling complex franchise agreements.


Stewart Germann is acknowledged as New Zealand’s leading franchising lawyer.  He has over 38 years’ experience acting for franchisors and franchisees, and is the only lawyer in New Zealand qualified as a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE).  He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at AUT University, lecturing in Franchise Law.

Stewart Germann Law Office is New Zealand’s longest established specialist franchising law firm.  SGL is featured in Lawyer International Legal 100 list (2020) and recommended by Global Law Experts (2019) and Corporate INTL (2019).  The firm won the 2020 M&A Today Global Award for Franchise Law Firm of the Year, Global 100 Law Firm of the Year – Franchise New Zealand (2020) and was a finalist for the 2019 New Zealand Boutique Law Firm of the Year.  Stewart won the 2019 Lawyers World Global Awards for Franchise Lawyer of the Year (New Zealand).

Stewart is a recognised speaker nationally and internationally (New Zealand, the UK, Australia, the USA, Korea, Italy), and has spoken at the IBA conferences in Rome and Seoul.  He has published many articles and New Zealand chapters on franchising both locally and worldwide, including contributions to the International Journal of Franchising Law, Franchise Law Review, Getting the Deal Through – Franchise, Getting the Deal Through – Licensing and Franchising – A Global Guide.

Mr Germann was instrumental in the formation of the Franchise Association of New Zealand in 1996.  He wrote the rules and the Code of Practice; is a former FANZ chairman; and has been awarded lifetime membership of the Franchise Association of New Zealand, in recognition of his significant contribution.  He was a board member of the supplier forum of the International Franchise Association (IFA) from 2001 to 2007.

In 2018 Stewart’s “Outstanding contribution to franchising for over 30 years” was acknowledged with an award from the Franchise Council of Australia.

His clients include many of New Zealand’s best known national and international brands and Stewart has extensive contacts worldwide and locally.  He is regularly called upon to offer his expert opinion in either dispute matters or advice by other professionals in New Zealand, and he is acknowledged as the franchise and commercial law expert.

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