Stewart Germann is an "excellent lawyer" who is recognised as "the top guy in New Zealand". He has worked with franchisors overseas and in New Zealand for more than 35 years.
Stewart Germann is acknowledged as New Zealand’s leading franchising lawyer with over 38 years’ experience in this area.
Stewart Germann Law Office is New Zealand’s longest established specialist franchising law firm, winning multiple awards including The Lawyer International Legal 100 (2019), Global Law Experts (2019), Best Lawyers (2018), and Corporate INTL Global Award (2019). 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 spoke recently at the IBA conferences in Rome and Seoul. He has written many articles and chapters on franchising, 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 (FANZ) in 1996. He wrote the rules and the Code of Practice, as well as being a former chairman of the FANZ; the firm is a current member. Stewart has been awarded lifetime membership of the FANZ, in recognition of his significant contribution. He was also a board member of the supplier forum of the International Franchise Association 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.
Stewart has been listed in Who’s Who Legal: Franchise every year since 2003 and regularly advises international clients on legal issues relating to franchising in New Zealand. He welcomes any enquiries from overseas.