“I’ve been involved in a huge number of successful projects and been fortunate enough to have worked with some incredible people through my career.”
Tauranga born and bred, Owen’s legal career began at a large Auckland law firm before returning and joining Cooney Lees Morgan in the early 80’s. He became a partner in 1987, and was the founding partner of the firm’s hugely successful Property & Development team.
While at Cooney Lees Morgan Owen specialised in property transactions, business structures and rural business advisory, acting for business owners, property developers, property investors and rural businesses. Owen also acted as an advisory on joint ventures and succession arrangements. Owen retired as a partner at Cooney Lees Morgan at the end of 2020 but is still actively consulting to the firm.
In 2021 Owen set up OC Consultancy Limited (OCC) so he could focus on his true passion and specialism – commercial property development and what’s typically referred to as ‘syndication’. “What we do is quite different to syndication as people know it – our commercial property investor groups are small tight-knit groups, they’re well informed and they want to be more involved in their investment – hence the reason we call them “collectives”.
Through OCC, Owen also provides legal project management service to commercial clients, to take care of the financial modelling and legal aspects of their developments. Like Owens’ Private Property Collectives (PPC), the legal project management services he offers are more tailored, more focused and more collaborative than traditional business models.
“I’ve been involved in a huge number of successful projects and been fortunate enough to have worked with some incredible people through my career. Through OCC I have now got a vehicle to focus purely on the work I love which has honestly been a revelation.”
“It’s been fantastic to loosen the collar a bit and enjoy the Mount lifestyle a bit more while still having a finger on the pulse and using my experience to help my clients succeed.”
“I thoroughly enjoy the Bay of Plenty outdoor lifestyle and take every opportunity to get outdoors. My involvement in the community includes Honorary Solicitor for local sports clubs and currently sit on the Board of the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union.”