Steven Lee


Property / Commercial

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  • Land subdivisions, apartment developments, shopping centre developments
  • Retail, commercial and shopping centre leasing
  • Hotel, motel and winery management contracts
  • Property due diligence and acquisitions
  • Financing arrangements including mortgages and securities
  • Property dispute resolution
  • Residential and commercial conveyancing
  • Franchising and licensing
  • Trademarks and intellectual property
  • Business acquisitions and disposals
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Financing and loan arrangements
Asian Investment Group
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Overseas and domestic financing arrangements
  • Overseas Investment Act
  • Trust and Asset protection across multiple countries
  • Importing and exporting
  • Intellectual property protection

Steven is a partner at Martelli McKegg and leads the Asian Investment Group. He was born and raised in Auckland, and is considered by his clients to be practical and results orientated.

Steven provides strategic legal advice to a range of local and international clients in the areas of property, commercial law and financing. Steven has special interest in retail chains, commercial leases and property developments. He regularly receives referrals to assist with complex legal issues and is well known for helping his clients to succeed in all respects of their businesses by introducing connections and providing local industry knowledge.

Steven assists:

  • International retail chains, importers and exporters
  • Major and first-time property developers
  • Hotel and motel investors, shopping centre owners, and other institutional property investors
  • Banks, finance companies, and private financiers
  • Inbound Chinese investment consultants and trustees
  • Investment syndicates and private equity funds
  • Franchisors and franchisees

Steven's experience includes:

  • Supporting numerous shopping centre owners and managed funds in lease negotiations with Australian retail chains launching in New Zealand
  • Acting for international and national retail chains on leasing, subleasing, licensing, sale and leaseback agreements and franchising agreements
  • Acting for the purchaser of the proposed acquisition of a chain of hotels and restaurants
  • Advising on major resort development in respect to build and lease agreements on facilities and offices
  • Acting on major residential subdivision projects

Steven has previously worked in large and specialist law firms in Auckland and Melbourne. His understanding of New Zealand and Australian business environments makes him a valuable asset to Asian and Australian businesses expanding into the New Zealand market.

Prior to working as a lawyer, Steven worked for accounting firm KPMG in New Zealand assisting companies with financial investment issues and operational functionality. Steven has a strong understanding of accounting and business processes.

Steven has strong communication skills and prefers to communicate by phone or face to face with clients in order to get a better understanding of their needs. Steven also speaks Cantonese and is actively involved with various Asian business and community associations.

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