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Stewart Germann

Stewart Germann Law Office2 Princes StreetPO Box 1542AucklandNew Zealand1140
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Global Leader

Franchise 2018

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

“Excellent franchise lawyer" Stewart Germann is “the top guy” in New Zealand, say peers. He boasts over three decades of experience handling complex franchise agreements.


Stewart Germann is acknowledged as New Zealand’s leading franchising lawyer and has over 35 years experience in this area.

Stewart Germann Law Office is New Zealand’s longest established specialist franchising law firm and has won multiple franchising awards and accolades over the years, the latest including winning the 2018 Global 100 Law Firm of the Year – Franchise – New Zealand, Global Law Experts 2018 Boutique Franchising Law Firm of the Year in New Zealand, selected as Best Lawyers in New Zealand – Franchise Law (2018); winner of The Lawyer International Legal 100 Law Firm of the Year – Franchise NZ 2018; winner of Boutique Licensing Law Firm of the Year in New Zealand 2018 by the Corporate INTL Global Awards and Law Firm of the Year for Franchise in New Zealand 2018 by Corporate USA Today.

Mr Germann is a recognised national and international guest speaker at franchise conferences (New Zealand, Australia, USA) and he is listed as a leading lawyer in licensing and franchising in Asia IP Experts (2016).  Stewart has published many articles and New Zealand chapters on franchising both locally and worldwide including the International Journal of Franchising Law, Franchise Law Review, Getting the Deal Through: Franchise 2018, Getting the Deal Through: Licensing 2018 and Franchising – A Global Guide from Practical Law 2017.

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

Mr Germann was instrumental in the formation of the Franchise Association of New Zealand in 1996 and he wrote the original rules, as well as being a past chairman and a current member. Stewart was awarded Life Membership of the Franchise Association of New Zealand in recognition of his significant contribution. He was also a board member of the supplier forum of the International Franchise Association (IFA) from 2001 to 2007.

Stewart has been a World Franchise Council representative, has spoken in the UK on franchising on behalf of the British Franchise Association, and he is actively involved in international franchising. He has spoken at franchise conferences in New Zealand, Australia, USA and Italy.

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

Stewart is a Notary Public and can witness documents for use in overseas jurisdictions and is also a qualified mediator. He has been listed in Who’s Who Legal: Franchise every year since 2003. Stewart regularly advises international clients on legal issues relating to franchising in New Zealand and welcomes any enquiries from overseas.

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