Denis joined Lowndes in 2010 with extensive experience in commercial law, corporate advisory, energy and commercial property. He established his legal career with the firm now known as Simpson Grierson, where he was a partner for many years and held the role of Chairman of its management board.
Foreign direct investment in New Zealand has been a major focus of his legal experience. Denis has represented clients from nearly all APEC economies conducting business in New Zealand, and those outside APEC.
Denis has expanded his interests to include the hospitality area, representing hotel owners, operators and investors. He was a member of a World Bank sponsored advisory team supporting Pacific Island nations on commercialising government-owned assets.
Denis has held Board positions with many New Zealand companies, including the largest New Zealand state-owned enterprise, often as a nominee of non-New Zealand shareholders. He is a Chartered Director member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, and has been the Honorary Consul of Mexico since 2001. In June 2014, Denis received the ‘Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca’ (Order of the Aztec Eagle) from the Mexican Government –the highest decoration awarded to foreign nationals.
Denis is a member of the New Zealand Law Society, the Auckland District Law Society and the Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA). He is the current Vice President of IPBA and served as the New Zealand jurisdictional council member of IPBA from 2004 to 2010. He was President for the 2017 – 2018 year and is now the immediate past President. Denis has also been a board member of the New Zealand Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council since 2001, and Chairman from 2011 – 2017.
- LLB (Hons) CMinstD
- New Zealand Law Society (NZLS)
- Auckland District Law Society (ADLSi)
- Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
- New Zealand Committee of Pacific Economic Co-operative Council (NZPECC)
- Institute of Directors (IODNZ) – Chartered Member
- Honorary Consul of Mexico
- Latin America New Zealand Business Council (LANZBC)
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