Marcus is the Managing Director of Queen City Law NZ Limited. His main areas of practice are construction and property law, commercial law, foreign investment, real estate services and immigration. Marcus speaks Indonesian and has spent a lot of time in Asia. Prior to establishing QCL in 2004 Marcus was a lawyer at New Zealand’s biggest national law firm and was then a partner in a leading Auckland commercial law firm.
Over the years, Marcus has represented a range of clients active in different businesses including international aviation (Marcus represented Garuda Indonesia and Korean Airlines with all of their NZ based legal requirements for a total of 25 years), manufacturing, banking and finance, employment recruitment, early childhood education, car-parking, house construction and sales, land development and subdivisions, hotel ownership and theme park operators, super yacht construction, restaurateurs and commercial radio station owners. Marcus has also acted on hundreds of business acquisitions and disposals. More recently, Marcus and his team have been very active in the property development sector and have spearheaded some of the biggest proposed high-rise property developments New Zealand has ever seen. Other property deals Marcus has acted on include the acquisition of the IMAX centre, the disposal of the Finance Centre, the acquisition of the Depot, the sale and purchase of many other major CBD and large land subdivision properties in Auckland and the construction and sales of thousands of apartments in Auckland City and the North Shore. Marcus and some of the QCL team also provide real estate services to select QCL Vendor clients.
Marcus is also widely considered to be one of Aotearoa’s foremost immigration lawyers and has probably acted on more successful residence visas than any other lawyer in New Zealand with particular focus on business immigration. Many of these clients have become major clients of the firm. A quick Google search will reflect that Marcus is a sought-after commentator for tv, radio and news media. Marcus has also presented widely and chaired numerous national law seminars and conferences on topics including construction law, immigration, credit law, and strategic law firm management.
Marcus believes Queen City Law’s remarkable results are partially attributable to him but moreover to the team at Queen City Law. The firm has been able to recruit some of the smartest lawyers and support staff around and has created a culture that facilitates excellence and is inherently client-centric. The firm also has a unique ability to deal with complex transactions and issues efficiently.
Being commercially minded, Marcus sees himself as a problem solver, always looking for positive results for clients – even where the situation may seem impossible. He believes lawyers need to come down from their “ivory towers” and that legal advice should be focused on direct commercial application.