Susie specialises in competition, fair trading, overseas investment consents and economic regulation, particularly of infrastructure industries.
Susie is an experienced public and administrative lawyer, having been a key advisor to the former Electricity Commission on significant grid investment decisions, as well as advising private sector clients on engaging with public sector entities.
Susie regularly acts for clients when they engage with the Commerce Commission and Overseas Investment Office, including as part of breach investigations under the Commerce Act, Fair Trading Act, and CCCFA, and the Overseas Investment Act.
She advises regulators and government departments, and is frequently involved in helping clients (public and private sector) on core public law matters, including handling Official Information Act requests.
Susie continues to impress clients "She's our go to. She puts herself in our position and our customers' position, and I like her amazing breadth and depth of knowledge. I speak very highly of her".
- Member of the Overseas Investment Office's Legal Reference Group, a panel of senior OIO expert advisers
Advising Kinetic NZ Holdings
on the Overseas Investment Act implications of its acquisition of GoBus Holdings
Advising Infratil and Brookfield
on the application of the Overseas Investment Act to their acquisition of Vodafone New Zealand
Advising CFPC (Singapore)
(part of the China Forestry Group Corporation) on the Overseas Investment Act aspects of its acquisition of RMS FGI New Zealand, owner of a large forest near Wellington
Acting for DrylandCarbon
a limited partnership between four major NZX-listed companies, in its acquisition of numerous forestry assets across New Zealand
Advising Toyota New Zealand
on competition and consumer law issues, including the reorganisation of its franchise arrangements in New Zealand
Advising the Infant Nutrition Council
on authorisation of the Council's Code of Practice for the marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes (the Code is an arrangement between competitors)