The new hire also served as a business development manager and commercial advisor to startups
Former Air New Zealand legal counsel Wendy Chen has joined the ranks of Juno Legal’s team in Auckland as a lawyer.
Chen has played many roles in the corporate space – aside from serving as legal counsel, she was a business development manager at Air New Zealand and a commercial advisor to a number of startups. She has also launched her own business and received training in project management.
In addition, she recorded stints as corporate counsel at Miroma Group, Capital International, OnePath and ING.
In the early years of her legal career, Chen worked with top firm Bell Gully. She has amassed a wealth of experience in commercial, TMT and consumer law.
Her areas of legal expertise also include procurement and loyalty, privacy and governance issues. She has handled matters involving the commercial, aviation, and funds management industries, among others.
She is currently deputy chair of Auckland’s Kristin School, a board member at the New Zealand Dance Company and chair of the Wairua Sinfonietta orchestra.
At present, Chen leads the Juno Legal team in assisting client MediaWorks on the sale of its TV arm to Discovery Inc.
“We are delighted to welcome Wendy into our team. She has the diversity of experience in in-house legal practice and in business that makes for an excellent Juno lawyer,” director Helen Mackay said. “She can now share that expertise with more companies through Juno and is currently helping our client MediaWorks in the sale of their television business to Discovery Inc. as MediaWorks head of legal.”
Earlier this year, Juno Legal strengthened its offering in Auckland with the hire of in-house veteran Sabina Bickelmann. The firm also welcomed its first Christchurch-based lawyer.