INTERNATIONAL WORK

Lowndes has an extensive international practice acting for multinational and international companies with business in New Zealand. Our NZ representation of key international networks provides us with trusted connections worldwide to help NZ companies with overseas interests, business, trade and investments.

Our international relationships also provide international expertise for us to draw on in our local work.

Lowndes is the exclusive NZ representative of the following international networks of law firms:

MULTILAW

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Founded in 1990 the association has grown to over 8,000 lawyers in 75 firms with offices in 150 cities in 65 countries. In 2016 Chambers Global Guide ranked Multilaw in the highest ‘Elite’ category for law firm networks for the second year running.

Mark Lowndes was the global Chairman of Multilaw from 2011 – 2013 and continues to hold senior roles.

LEGALINK

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Legalink is an international network of 67 independent business oriented law firms located in 70 cities and covering the world’s main commercial centres. 85% of Legallink’s members are Top Ranked Law Firms.

In 2016 Legal Link was ranked a ‘Band 1’ leading law network by Chambers Global Guide.

INBLF (International Network of Boutique Law Firms)

INBLF is a network with over 230 specialised boutique law firms located across the United States and Canada partnered with one highly regarded full service commercial law firm from each of the other jurisdictions around the world.

Lowndes is also active in the following major international bar associations:

IBA (International Bar Association)

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The IBA, established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.

It has a membership of more than 80,000 individual lawyers and more than 190 bar associations and local societies spanning over 160 counties.

IPBA (Inter-Pacific Bar Association)

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The IPBA is an international association of commercial lawyers who live in, or  have a strong interest in, the Asia-Pacific Region. Established in April 1991 it has grown to become the preeminent legal association in the region with over 1,500 members from over 65 jurisdictions worldwide. Lowndes’ Denis McNamara is the Vice President and will become President in 2017 at the annual conference in Auckland.

Also relevant to our international work are the business and industry associations and chambers of commerce in which the firm, or lawyers, are members. You can find out more about these here.