Regulatory and investigations

Buddle Findlay has a highly rated litigation and dispute resolution team that can assist with all aspects of any regulatory investigation or enforcement.


In recent years, New Zealand business has been subject to an increasing amount of regulation, from the overhaul of the financial markets conduct regime to the introduction of strict new consumer protection laws.  More than ever, regulators take an aggressive approach to enforcement, meaning that today's businesses face unprecedented challenges and risks in terms of regulatory compliance.

We believe that knowledge is power when it comes to risk management.  Our regulatory and investigations team is expert in helping businesses to understand and meet their compliance obligations.  However, we also understand that it's not a perfect world and that from time to time the regulators may come knocking.

In the event of an investigation, we specialise in providing pragmatic and strategic advice at each step of the way.  We assist clients in responding to information requests and search warrants, attending interviews, engaging with regulators and achieving the best possible outcome, whether it be a negotiated settlement or defending court proceedings.

The regulators we deal with include the Commerce Commission, Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Markets Authority, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Department of Internal Affairs and the Environmental Protection Authority as well as specialist industry agencies and bodies.

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Work highlights

Acting for Zespri Group

in respect of a large Serious Fraud Office investigation

Acting for Emirates

in Commerce Commission proceedings alleging a worldwide air cargo cartel against various leading international airlines (Commerce Commission v Air New Zealand & Others (2011) 9 NZBLC 103,318)

Acting for Zespri Group and Zespri International

in a claim brought by Turners & Growers alleging breaches of the Commerce Act (Turners & Growers Limited v Zespri Group Limited (2011) 13 TCLR 286)

Acting for Air National

in an investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority into alleged non-compliance with the Civil Aviation Act, culminating in judicial review proceedings

Acting for Sky Television

in relation to an investigation by the Commerce Commission into whether certain of Sky's contracts complied with the Commerce Act

Advising overseas clients

as to successful co-operation strategies in relation to various cartel investigations by the Commerce Commission

Our team

Bridie McKinnon

Partner, Wellington

Bridie has over 15 years' experience in a range of litigation matters in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.…

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Luke Sizer

Partner, Auckland

Luke specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. He regularly acts on matters involving complex corporate fraud, insolvency…

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Scott Barker

Partner, Wellington

Scott specialises in litigation and insolvency law. He advises both private and public sector clients…

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Sherridan Cook

Partner, Auckland
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Sherridan specialises in employment, industrial relations and health and safety as well as litigation and dispute resolution…

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Susan Rowe

Partner, Christchurch

Susan specialises in litigation, local government, insurance, industrial relations and health and safety. Susan currently advises…

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Susie Kilty

Partner, Wellington

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

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Willie Palmer

Partner, Christchurch

Willie specialises in commercial litigation including construction, insurance and insolvency law. He has broad experience in…

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