Tony specialises in competition law and regulatory processes, especially in infrastructure industries.
Tony’s practice is unique as he is involved in the design of regulation as well as acting for clients who are regulated. This adds an extra dimension to what Tony is able to offer clients - a deep understanding of what regulation is about and strong relationships with policy advisers and regulators.
Tony is the lead partner in Buddle Findlay’s competition law practice. Competition law underpins all economic regulation and potentially affects every business operating in New Zealand.
During his career Tony has been involved in the design and passing of a large number of New Zealand’s business law and industry regulation statutes. These include the Commerce Act, Fair Trading Act, and the legislation relating to the dairy industry, telecommunications, broadcasting, postal services, radiocommunications, and the energy sector.
“Tony excels in both competition and regulatory processes, standing out for producing top-rank work and providing constructive solutions to thorny problems. He is particularly well versed in the infrastructure industries"
- Member of the Law and Economics Association of New Zealand
- Member of the Competition Law and Policy Insitute of New Zealand
Acting for Zoetis
to obtain clearance from the Commerce Commission for its acquisition of animal health business Jurox
Leading the team
that prepared the Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010 and subsequent amendments for the Electricity Authority - in particular, those establishing financial transmission rights and reforming the provisions relating to clearing, settlement and prudential requirements in the New Zealand wholesale electricity market
Advising on the preparation of various Acts
including the Dairy Industry Restructuring Amendment Act 2012, Building Act 2004, Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2002, Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001, Accident Insurance Amendment Act 2001 and Fisheries Amendment Act 2001
Acting for Manawatu Waste
Acting for Manawatu Waste in successfully opposing the granting of clearance for Transpacific Industries to acquire certain assets of EnviroWaste Services
Advising the Ministry for Primary Industries
on the legislation regulating dairy markets in light of changes to Fonterra's capital structure
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