Mai Chen
The Asian and Māori Economy: A Great Opportunity


Mai ChenMai Chen is the Managing Partner of Chen Palmer Public and Employment Law Specialists, and Adjunct Professor in Commercial and Public Law at the University of Auckland Business School.

She is a Founding Partner of Chen Palmer New Zealand Public and Employment Law Specialists, Barristers and Solicitors, which has won the Best Boutique Law Firm in 2010, and the Best Public Law Firm in the New Zealand Law Awards in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 and was a finalist in the Employment Law Awards in 2011.  The Firm has offices in Wellington and Auckland and celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2014.

Mai is also the best-selling author of Public Law Toolbox published by Lexis Nexis in March 2012 and is the inaugural Chair of New Zealand Global Women. 

She has recently founded New Zealand Asian Leaders, connecting top Asian NZ CEOs and emerging leaders with New Zealand companies doing business in Asia to enhance their success to help NZ Inc. She also helped to establish the Pasifika Leadership Academy at BEST Pacific Institute of Education, led by Beatrice Faumuina.

Mai won the supreme Judges Panel Award and the Professional Excellence Award at the New Zealand Chinese Business Elite Awards in 2012. Mai won the Business and Entrepreneur Women of Influence Award in 2013.