Expertise

Competition and antitrust

We have a leading competition practice. We are experts on the Fair Trading Act and the Commerce Act, and have had direct influence on the design of some of New Zealand's most significant competition and antitrust laws.

Overview

We are experts on the Fair Trading Act and the Commerce Act.  We have been involved in the design of New Zealand's competition/antitrust laws, worked for the competition regulator, and provided strategic advice on competition aspects of local and international clients' business operations. 

We specialise in advising on competition implications of business acquisitions and arrangements (such as mergers, joint ventures, and franchise and reseller arrangements), including price fixing, resale price maintenance and market power issues.  We review pricing, marketing and other business practices in terms of both the Commerce Act and the Fair Trading Act.

We have a strong track record in acting for clients in Commerce Commission investigations, including in relation to a number of cartel investigations, and in Commerce Act litigation.

We also act for clients in clearance and authorisation applications for business acquisitions and restrictive trade practices, and provide advice on industry-specific and generic regulatory control legislation, including price control and information disclosure, and assist clients dealing with government departments.  We also regularly provide competition law compliance training to many of our clients.

Our clients include the Electricity Authority, Ministry of Primary Industries, SKY Network Television, Auckland Council, Zespri International, EnviroWaste, and Chevron.

 



Work highlights

Acting for SKY Television

on the Commerce Commission's investigations into SKY's reseller and content arrangements, and into SKY's and Television New Zealand's Igloo pay TV joint venture

Acting for Chevron South Asia Holdings

on Z Energy's application to the Commerce Commission for clearance to acquire Chevron New Zealand

Advising Contact Energy

on the competition implications of the sale of its gas metering business to Vector and Vector's application for clearance for the acquisition

Acting for the Infant Nutrition Council

in its successful application for authorisation of its Code of Practice for the Marketing of Infant Formula in New Zealand

Advising the receivers of New Zealand Dairies

on the clearance application by Fonterra to acquire the dairy processing assets of New Zealand Dairies

Advising Payments New Zealand

on the competition law implications of the Payments Rules
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Our team

Graeme Hall

Graeme Hall

Partner, Auckland

Graeme specialises in litigation and dispute resolution. He has broad experience in commercial litigation including Court action...

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Laura O'Gorman

Laura O'Gorman

Partner, Auckland

Laura specialises in litigation and insolvency. She has a broad background in commercial litigation with extensive expertise in...

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Susie Kilty

Susie Kilty

Partner, Wellington

Susie specialises in competition, fair trading, overseas investment consents and economic regulation, particularly of infrastructure...

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Tony Dellow

Tony Dellow

Partner, Wellington

Tony specialises in competition law and regulatory processes, especially in infrastructure industries. Tony’s practice is unique...

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  • M +64 21 349 651

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